KIEV, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The demand for biometric passports in Ukraine is booming after the introduction of the visa-free mechanism with the European Union (EU), the State Migration Service of Ukraine said on Wednesday.
"Currently, between 21,000 and 22,000 biometric passports are issued every day," spokesman Sergey Gunko was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Ukrinform.
Since the beginning of 2017, the State Migration Service has issued more than 1.8 million of biometric passports, which enable their holders to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period.
Overall, about 4.5 million of Ukrainians, or 10 percent of the country's population, are now holding biometric passports.
The visa-free mechanism between Ukraine and the EU was launched on June 11.