Visa free travel to the EU: Number of Ukrainians visiting Europe up by 15% during first 6 months
Visa free regime with the EU encourages more Ukrainians to discover European countries. Ukrainians have crossed the EU member states' border near 11 mln times since the entry into force of the visa free regime between Ukraine and the EU, which is by 15% more than in the same period in 2016, states the press release published by the EU Delegation to Ukraine on 11 December 2017.
The EU Delegation said, referring to the State Border Service of Ukraine, that more than 2,5 million Ukrainians have entered the EU using biometric passports.
In turn, the press service of the State Border Service informs that for half a year of visa free regime, 355,000 Ukrainians has taken advantage of the simplified system of crossing the border.
At the same time, the State Border Guard Service noted that recently there has been a decrease in the number of travelers on a visa free basis, explaining this by the excitement in the first months of the visa free operation: if earlier border guards issued an average of 80,000 Ukrainians per month, in November this figure was 32,500 people.
The State Border Guard Service reminded that, in preparation for the visa free travel 157 border checkpoints were provided with biometric equipment, including 97 with fingerprint control. At present, the biometric monitoring system, established by the border guards, operates in all aviation, international and interstate border checkpoints at the border with the EU countries.
Ukrainian citizens were granted visa free travel to the European Union countries (except for the United Kingdom and Ireland) as well as to four Schengen states – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland on 11 June 2017.
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