News Politics, 11/06/2017

Welcome to Europe: EU Visa-Free Regime for Ukraine Comes into Force

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.

Without visas, Ukrainian citizens can travel to 30 European nations, including EU countries, except UK and Ireland, as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway. Ukrainians can stay there up to 90 days during each period of 180 days. In order to travel, one should be in possession of a biometric passport, return ticket, insurance, and money. If you have an invitation, it is sufficient to have an email with the contact information of the host party.

Text and picture: Iryna Klymenko