Russia to Issue E-Passports from 2023

The Russian government will start issuing electronic passports in the Moscow region at the beginning of 2023, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko told Sputnik.

According to Chernyshenko, the e-passport will look like a bank card and have an embedded electronic chip with all the necessary data. Additional personal information, such as a driver’s license number, can also be added to the e-passport’s memory storage.

“All preparatory activities will be completed by the end of next year,” 

Chernyshenko said, adding that the Russian government will 

“start issuing [the electronic passports] from the beginning of 2023, tentatively, in pilot regions that have a high technological readiness to use such documents – these are Moscow, the Moscow region and the Republic of Tatarstan.”

The deputy prime minister specified that despite the initial limited launch, people could use the e-passport anywhere in Russia.