11:38 11.05.2017

EU Council approves decision on visa-free regime for Ukrainians

The Council of the European Union at the level of the Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries at a meeting on May 11 supported the decision on the liberalization of the visa regime with Ukraine.

The ministers reviewed the relevant Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, which amends Regulation No. 539/2001, which specifies third countries whose citizens, when crossing external borders, must have a visa, and countries whose citizens are exempt from such a requirement (Ukraine).

"Ukrainian citizens with a biometric passport travelling to the EU for up to 90 days for business, tourist or family purposes will no longer need a visa," the press service of the Council of the EU said in a statement on Thursday.

"These measures will not apply to Ireland and the United Kingdom, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime of these member states remains subject to their national legislation," the statement reads.

The decision takes effect within 20 days after it is published.

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