President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to solve the issue of the refusal for Ukrainians to enter Israel as 112 Ukraine reported.
“Recently our states actively cooperate including the migration sphere. The issue is about the numerous refusals for the citizens of Ukraine for entry to Israel. We agreed to solve this issue finally. The citizens of both states should maximally use the advantages of the visa-free regime and the thousands of the Ukrainian citizens should not be held at the border of Israel,” Zelensky said.
During the first months of 2019, Israel did not allow about 1,600 of the Ukrainians to enter the state.
According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, over 3.500 Ukrainians out of 100.000 were not allowed to cross the border of Israel. The Israeli authorities explained such actions with the fact that more citizens of ex-USSR (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia) try to illegally immigrate to Israel.
On February 15, 140 Ukrainians were held at Israeli Ben Gurion Airport. The same day, 35 citizens of Israel were refused in entering Ukraine.
Later Foreign Ministry of Ukraine stated that it considers the possibility to abolish visa free regime with Israel due to the violation of the rights of the Ukrainian tourists.