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Two million Ukrainians used benefits of visa-free regime with EU

The most active movement is observed at the border with Poland
11:58, 3 January 2019

www.rbc.ua

Two million citizens of Ukraine have already used the visa-free regime with the EU and the most active movement of the Ukrainians is observed at the checkpoints on the border with Poland. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reported that on Facebook.

“Now we have the visa-free regime with more than one hundred countries in the world. And we continue to open the world for the Ukrainians - and Ukraine for the world,” the president added.

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The State Border Guard Service noted that the most active movement of the Ukrainians is observed at the checkpoints at the border with Poland (694,000 crossings) and by air traffic (674,000 crossings).

Moreover, movement across the Hungarian (248,000 crossings), Romanian (236,000) and Slovakian (142,000) borders remains active.

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The analysis shows that the citizens of Ukraine use the advantages of the visa-free regime more courageously, especially from the point of view of the expiry of the earlier issued visas. In December 2017, 36,000 trips of the Ukrainians without visas were reported and in December 2018, the number amounted 152,000.

“If the first million of Ukrainians crossed the borders with the EU countries on visa-free regime during 13 months, then the second million did it during 5 months,” the Border Guard Service.

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The citizens of Ukraine made 33 million trips to the EU countries, including two million trips without visas since the beginning of the visa-free regime on Jun 11, 2017.

The visa-free regime between the EU and Ukraine took effect on June 11, 2017; the European Parliament approved the respective decision on April 6. 52,000 Ukrainians crossed the EU border on the first day of the visa-free regime.   

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