Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains how Ukrainians from occupied Donbas will use visa-free regime with EU

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (MFA) has noted that citizens of Ukraine who live in the territories of Russian-occupied Crimea and certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be able to use the advantages of a visa-free regime with the European Union by obtaining Ukrainian biometric passports, the Department of Consular Service of MFA of Ukraine wrote on Facebook.

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”Citizens of Ukraine who permanently reside in the territories of temporarily occupied Crimea and certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, like other citizens of Ukraine, will have the right to enjoy the benefits of a visa-free regime with the EU on general terms, by obtaining a biometric passport of Ukraine and observing other relevant requirements for visa-free travel,” the ministry stressed.

The diplomats told about the positive changes for Ukrainian citizens after the introduction of the visa-free regime for short-term trips (up to 90 days within six months) to the Schengen zone with a biometric passport.

In particular, they argue that the introduction of a visa-free regime will ensure mobility and eliminate the ”dividing line” between Ukraine and the EU, which is now created due to complicated visa procedures.

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The introduction of a visa-free travel will promote the development of business contacts necessary for the effective functioning of the DCFTA with the EU, as well as cooperation in the economic, political, scientific, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres, and will contribute to the further successful integration of Ukraine into the European community.

”The introduction of the EU visa-free regime for Ukraine will testify to the high confidence of EU member states and institutions in the level of passport security, border management, prevention of illegal migration, combating organized crime and ensuring human rights and freedoms in Ukraine,” the MFA said.

”This is an absolute positive signal and an argument for negotiating the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens by other countries,” the diplomats said.

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