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The visa waiver for Ukrainian nationals is approved by the European Parliament


On 6 April 2017, the European Parliament endorsed an informal deal with the Council on visa waiver for Ukrainian nationals.

The decision was approved by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions.

“Ukraine has achieved all the benchmarks, so the visa requirement should be lifted”, noted rapporteur for the proposal Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), adding that the visa waiver will be “another very strong message that Ukraine is a key partner for the European Union in the Eastern Partnership”.

Under the new law which still needs to be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers, Ukrainians who hold a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for tourism, to visit relatives or friends, for business purposes. The visa waiver shall not be applicable to travels with purpose of work.

The legislation is likely to enter into force in June 2017, upon adoption by the Council and 20 days after it is published in the EU Official Journal.

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