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Visa-free regime between Ukraine and 30 EU countries signed


On Wednesday, May 17 2017 in the European Parliament hosted ceremony of signing the statute, which will introduce a visa-free regime for Ukraine.

The signing ceremony was held in Strasbourg. The document was signed by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and the Minister of Interior and National Security of the Presidency in the EU Council of Malta Carmelo Abel.

The ceremony was also attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and European Parliament rapporteur on the issue of Ukrainian visa-free Maria Gabriel.

After signing the decision on visa-free has to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. After 20 days visa-free regime will come into force, expected on 11 June.

30 countries open visa-free regime for Ukraine: all EU member states, except Britain and Ireland, and 4 Schengen States outside the Union: Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Britain and Ireland in their time, during the EU accession, reserved the right to its own visa policy and such visa-free regime does not expand to them. Instead of  it «Schengen Four» outside the EU undertook to apply border regulations adopted in Brussels - no additional negotiations with Switzerland or Norway are needed.

Agreement on visa-free regime was approved with the European Union, not with «Schengen». This means that Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus, which are not part of the Schengen zone, starting from 11 June, will give Ukrainians free access- without visas.

The complete list includes: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Sweden.

European mini-states (from Monaco to the Vatican) will also be visa-free.

It is expected that over time the regime will enable Ukrainians to access countries and territories that already allow Europeans in visa-free (including Asia and Latin America).



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