Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said they are negotiating with the Schengen member states on permission to cross the borders, but progress is scarce. Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this at a briefing, as Yevropeiska Pravda reports.
“The situation with the Schengen countries is the most sensitive since there are recommendations from the European Commission according to which the border with Ukraine remains closed. Some countries can make certain concessions, but in general, they act within the framework of these recommendations,” Kuleba said.
In particular, the minister confirmed that Slovenia allowed entry of Ukrainians but visitors are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Kuleba also said that 39 countries, mostly far away ones, had already opened the borders for Ukrainians, but he assured that work was also underway to expand the permission to enter the EU member states.
On June 30, the Council of the European Union agreed upon and published a list of 14 non-EU countries that would be allowed to cross the EU border from 1 July. Ukraine was not included in the list.
On July 1, the Council of the European Union approved the decision, which allows the countries-members to open the border for particular categories of the Ukrainians and citizens of other third countries.