Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the member states of the European Union are reluctant or fearful to open their borders to foreign countries, in connection with which Ukraine is again forced to negotiate visa-free travel. This was announced by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland Andriy Deshchytsia on the air of the Dom TV channel, as Ukrinform reports.
“This pandemic threw me 5-6 years ago when we were negotiating a visa-free regime for Ukraine with the European Union. Now we are starting to convince the EU countries again that everything will be fine," Deshchytsa said.
According to him, this means that after the acute phase of the pandemic, negotiations on permission to cross the borders had to start "from scratch".
Also, additional obstacles for Ukrainians to travel to the EU, and to Poland in particular, arise from the lack of checkpoints, and, consequently, a decrease in the quality of service due to queues. In addition, border guards spend additional time checking all documents due to the lack of automation and digitalization during the border crossing process.
As we reported earlier, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a draft agreement with the government of the Republic of Mauritius on mutual abolition of visa requirements.
Now, to enter Ukraine, the citizens of the Republic of Mauritius will be issued visas in foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine and visas in electronic form (e-Visa).