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I got a biometric passport and due to system failure at a time I was told that my Consulate wasn't able to put data on the chip. (No data at all) I need to travel to France with school for 3 weeks and French consulate said that if I have a biometric passport I don't need Schengen visa to enter. I told both Ukrainian and French Consulates that I have biometric passport but there's no data stored on it and both said: " It's still a biometric passport." Does anyone know how it works and will I have any problem with the border control because of the missing data on the chip? I'd think my passport would count as invalid for visa-free entry. Does anyone know anything about this? Please advise.

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    It's hard to know. The country that issued it is relevant here. There would be a greater suspicion of it being a counterfeit passport, which could slow border formalities for you. – Jim MacKenzie Apr 2 '18 at 19:08
  • The one thing we can be sure of is that you won’t be able to go through the French e-passport gates. Beyond that... be sure to provide for some buffer in you schedule just in case... – jcaron Apr 3 '18 at 16:30
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You might also find this question relevant as your case is not much different from a failed chip.

In my opinion you should have no issues, especially considering the French consulate confirmed it. The document you are being issued is indeed "biometric passport" (Ukraine doesn't issue any other type of passport for over a year now) and thus you satisfy the requirements.

Thinking about it, except very few people who bothered with NFC readers, nobody has any idea whether their passport chip contains any data. I have UA and US passports myself, and have no idea whether their chips contain anything, as I never bothered to check.

  • There are several Android apps which will read biometric passports. I don't know of any iOS apps though. – Michael Hampton Apr 3 '18 at 17:20
  • NFC seem to be more locked down on iOS. But case in point, I have an NFC android phone and know about those apps, and still never tried to read any of my passports. – George Y. Apr 3 '18 at 22:27

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