EU Parliament abolishes visas for Ukraine

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EU Parliament abolishes visas for Ukraine


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Exactly one year after the Dutch referendum on 6 April 2016 rejected the adoption of the adoption of the EU’s association agreement with Ukraine, the European Parliament has today approved the last file of a legislative package that will allow Ukrainian citizens to travel to the EU without a visa.

The text has already been informally agreed with the Council and is likely to enter into force in June.

Ukrainian citizens who have biometric passports will be able to enter the EU for up to 90 days during any 180-day period, the parliament said in a statement on March 1. The entry is valid for business, tourism or family stays.

The deal still has to be endorsed by the EU states. Before granting this visa waiver, EU member states revised the visa waiver suspension mechanism to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases.

The EU and Kiev began visa liberalisation negotiations in 2008. At the end of 2015, the European Commission concluded that Ukraine had made the necessary progress and had met all the benchmarks, despite the exceptional internal and external challenges it faced in recent years.
The visa waiver will apply to all EU member states except Ireland and the United Kingdom. It does not confer a right to work in the EU.
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