18th March 2016

EC to propose visa-free travel for Ukrainians in April

At a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine on 17 March, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that based on steps taken by Ukraine in recent days, the European Commission feels confident about proposing visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens later in April. EU and Ukraine have a visa liberalization dialogue since 2008. Late last year, the EC finally found that Ukraine met all the benchmarks, with only a handful of measures left to be formally passed to qualify fully for visa-free regime. Similar dialogue has been on with Georgia and the EC proposed visa liberalization this month. Ukraine was widely expected to follow shortly. Visa liberalization will apply to Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports travelling to the EU for up to 90 days. EU member states meeting within the Council, as well as the MEPs, will have to agree to the EC´s proposal.

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