Visa-free travel to EU countries to be unavailable for Ukrainians for several more months

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to German Ambassador, it will take a several more months, but the start of vaccination will help
22:19, 17 February 2021

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Travel within the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the countries of the European Union will not be available for several more months due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated by the German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldgusen.

"Since Ukrainians travel without a visa to the Schengen area, this is not only an issue of Germany, it is the issue of all countries in the Schengen area. We, as an embassy, have already filled out a questionnaire about the situation in Ukraine at least four times, and, in principle, the last questionnaire was quite positive because the situation here is now better than in Germany," Feldhusen said.

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"However, we are looking not only at the last two weeks, because to give permission, and to pick it up in two weeks is also bad. I am afraid that it will take a few more months, but the start of vaccination will help," the diplomat added.

As we reported earlier, the Council of the EU has renewed the recommendations on the restriction of the freedom of movement in the EU in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to these recommendations, a new dark red color is added to the existing categories of green, orange, red, and grey colors. It will be applied to the regions, where the virus circulates at the very active level, including new variants of the infection that raise concern.

“This color will apply to areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels, including because of more infectious variants of concern. These are defined as areas where the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 per 100 000 people or more,” the message said.

Related: Ban on travel or new opportunities: What 'vaccination passport' would mean for Ukraine?

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