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EU grants Ukraine visa-free travel

The European Union officially granted Ukraine visa-free travel at the end of last month. The announcement was published in the EU's official journal, paving the way for the visa-free regime to enter into force on 11 June, 20 days after its publication on May 22.

Published: June 5, 2017, 11:13 am

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    There will still be many limits and restrictions, so the main significance is symbolic: Every EU member state will have the right to initiate the process for suspending the visa-free regime.

    Ukrainian citizens will be eligible to receive only one 90-day tourist visa to the EU every six months, and it does not include the right to work in the area.

    The document was signed on May 17 in Strasbourg by EU Parliament and European Council representatives where Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attended the signing ceremony. He called the signing “an historic day” for his country.

    “It is an absolutely historic day for Ukraine, for my 45-million nation, and I am absolutely confident that this is a historic day for the European Union,” Poroshenko said at the time, adding that “Ukraine says a final farewell to the Soviet and Russian Empire.”

    Ukrainian citizens who hold biometric passports will be able to enter all EU member states other than Ireland and the United Kingdom without a visa. The visa-free regime applies to four Schengen Area countries that are not in the EU however: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.

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