Today at 2:40 p.m. the first “visa-free” plane departed from Kharkiv to Warsaw, the capital of Poland. There were 70 passengers aboard, 7 of them had biometric passports.
“I had to go to Poland immediately. I did not have time to obtain a visa. I decided to make a biometric passport. At the airport, I was asked if I had a hotel reservation and a return ticket with me. The visa-free regime is very convenient”, stated Yevhenia, one of those who traveled without a visa.
The Kharkiv – Warsaw flight is now daily. Plans are to increase the number of flights to Hungary and other EU countries. Employees of Kharkiv International Airport assure they are ready for the visa-free regime. The security staff was increased on 10 people. Special equipment for scanning the chip and fingerprints in biometric passports was installed. According to security guards, documents checking can take just 5-10 seconds.
Text and picture: Iryna Klymenko