The Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation has opened access to a digital version of the national passport through the online public services portal Diia.

“We are among the first to have introduced digital passports, and definitely the first to have given them the same rights as for plastic and paper documents,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

“Once the quarantine is over, digital passport will become an integral part of life for today’s over 19.5 million holders of a Ukrainian ID card or biometric passport,” he said.

Kyiv Post reports the ministry stressed that a digital passport gives access to travel by train, plane, use of mail services, banking operations, age confirmation, health and hotel services, personal identification with law enforcement bodies, use of libraries, communications, public services, enter an administrative building, and get a cash refund for a returned product.

According to Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, the security system built into the Diia system is “modern and entirely safe.”

“Our partners, the EPAM company, helped us develop a document-verification system which uses a QR code. Today this is the safest way of passport verification,” he said.

Maksym Sokoliuk, head of the State Migration Service, says almost 16 million Ukrainians had successfully applied for foreign travel passports and nearly 4 million had received ID cards.

Sokoliuk says a Ukrainian ID card is valid for travel to Georgia and Turkey, and two more countries will be added soon.