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170 Ukrainian tourists are stuck at Antalya airport

According to Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, now they are looking for a plane, so that the Ukrainians could fly out in the near future
11:59, 11 July 2018

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170 Ukrainian tourists were stuck at the Antalya airport (Turkey), 20 of them are children. This was reported by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

According to the information, people have not been able to leave for almost 24 hours because there is no plane. Tourists say, their flight was due to depart Tuesday at 14:30.

Citizens have already passed passport control, so they cannot go outside the airport to settle in a hotel.

Volodymyr Omelyan said that they are now searching for the plane so that the Ukrainians could fly home in the near future.

Related: Ukrainians return from Tunisia

As it was reported earlier, travellers who do not need a visa could in the future be screened before they arrive in the EU with a help of European Travel and Authorization System (Etias). 

The idea behind the screening is to detect criminals, terrorists or anyone else posing a risk before they arrive in the EU, which could start as early as 2021. MEPs will be voting on the plans on Thursday 5 July.

However, the systemic screening should not cause regular travelers any problems. Kinga Gál, the Hungarian EPP member in charge of steering the proposal through Parliament, said: “It will be an easy process... just an online check, which they can do prior to traveling to the EU."

Related: Bus with 60 Ukrainians rolls over in Romania

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