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Published On: Mon, Jun 19th, 2017

500,000 Ukrainians traveled to EU countries visa-free: SBS

nsnbc : Ukraine’s State Borders Service (SBS) reported that more than 500,000 Ukrainian citizens have arrived in EU member countries since the day the Ukraine-EU visa-free travel agreement came into effect. More than 21,000 of them have used their “biometric passport” as the only travel document, stated the SBS.

Ukraine - EU_Biometric passport_May 2017_Council of EuropeThe SBS stated that “over 100,000 were travelling with biometric passports, including 21,000 Ukrainians who used the visa-free travel benefits and crossed the border using their biometric passports only”.

A total of 6.745 of the 21,000, or about 32 percent, travelled visa-free to European Union member countries by plane. The others travelled by rail or crossed the border via motor checkpoints, mostly on the border with Poland – 8,725 Ukrainian citizens, and Hungary – 2,840 Ukrainian citizens.

The number of Ukrainian citizens traveling to the European Union visa-free increased a lot on weekends, said border guards. Twenty-six Ukrainian citizens have been denied admission since the visa-free travel took effect.

CH/L – nsnbc 19.06.2017

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