Fall of the paper curtain: Visa-free travel to EU for Ukrainians

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From now on, the #Ukrainians can enter the #Schengen #Area without a #visa. A corresponding #visa-free scheme came into force on 11 June 2017. For Ukraine, the #Brussels decision is a further step closer to the #EU. Moreover, this is also a symbol of the final farewell of Ukraine to the Soviet and Russian Empire.

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A barrier between the people of Ukraine and the people of the EU has been brought down. After the European Parliament has green-lighted exempting Ukrainian travellers from visa requirements, visa-free travel to the EU is a hot topic in Ukraine. The waiver of visa requirements for Ukraine was approved by the EU on 11 May 2017, with the exception of Great Britain and Ireland. Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, which are not members of the EU, but have signed Schengen Agreement, have also joined the initiative of the European Union.

Thus, as of 11 June 2017 Ukrainian nationals only need a passport when visiting the European Union. The Brussels decision recognizes the achievements of Ukraine in implementing far-reaching reforms and fighting against corruption. The newly adopted regulation applies both to tourist and family visits, as well as to business trips. However, only holders of biometric passports with fingerprints stored can travel to the EU without a visa and stay there for up to 90 days. Over four millions of Ukrainians have already obtained new electronic passports, and thousands of Ukrainians have already benefited from the visa waiver on the first days after its entry into force. Earlier, Ukrainian citizens had to undergo a full visa application process involving a lot of paperwork in order to visit EU countries.

In addition, the waiver of the visa requirements is also a symbol of the “final farewell” of Ukraine to the Russian Empire, as President Petro Poroshenko called the visa-free travel.

However, the EU has reserved the right to reintroduce the visa requirement for Ukrainians. In particular, should a significant increase in abusive travel be registered, this may lead to withdrawing visa-free entry for Ukrainian citizens.

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