AKIPRESS.COM – Biometric passports allow to establish a visa-free regime with other countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Abdyldayev told a Parliament meeting on May 25.
MPs are reviewing ratification of memorandum between Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates on mutual visa exemption for official and diplomatic passport holders.
Abdyldayev said that the number of diplomatic passport holders in Kyrgyzstan is 1,071.
According to MP Dastan Bekeshev, Kazakhstan was able to impose a visa-free regime with the UAE, while Kyrgyzstan is creating opportunities for only high officials. “Why can’t we achieve visa-free regime for our citizens?” MP Bekeshev asked Minister Abdyldayev.
According to Erlan Abdyldayev, MFA discussed this question. “Kyrgyzstan has introduced visa-free travel for 45 countries. Some countries agreed to exempt visa requirements for our diplomats. The problem is in our ordinary passports; European and Asian countries will be ready to consider visa-free regime when we bring order to things related to issuance/return of passports and security. Introducing biometric passports will allow to establish visa-free regime with other countries,” said Minister Abdyldayev.