The EU changed the legislation to grant Ukraine visa-free regime

The EU changed the legislation to grant Ukraine visa-free regime

BRUSSELS, may 17 — RIA Novosti. The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and the Minister of the presidency in the EU Council of Malta Carmelo Abela signed a document on amendments to the legislation of the European Union to grant visa-free travel to citizens of Ukraine, follows from the live broadcast from Strasbourg.

Tajani and Abel on the sidelines of the plenary session of the EP signed under the Regulations of the EU Council and the European Parliament, which amends the Regulation on the visa list as of March 15, 2001. Thus, Ukraine is transferred from the list of countries whose citizens must have visas when crossing the external borders of the Schengen area, to the list of States whose citizens are exempt from this requirement.

The ceremony was attended by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

After the signing of the regulations will be published in the EU official journal and after 20 days the Ukrainians will be able to travel to the EU without visas. It is expected that a visa-free regime will come into effect approximately June 11. The EU Council stated that the European Union suspend the visa-free regime with Ukraine in case of a problem with migration and security.

Citizens of Ukraine will be able to enter Schengen countries, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland for a period not exceeding 90 days within half a year. The rights to work in the EU visa-free regime does not.

For crossing the border, Ukrainians will need a biometric passport, also advised to have a return ticket, proof of hotel reservation, invitation from relatives, health insurance and money of not less than 45 Euro per every day of stay in the EU.

If to Ukraine will have “serious questions” about the problems with migration and security, the visa-free regime could be abolished. The introduction of such a mechanism was a condition for the abolition of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia.