Over 95,000 Ukrainians Travel To EU On Biometric Passports

12 July 2017 12:04

More than 95,000 Ukrainian citizens have taken advantage of the opportunity for visa-free travel to the European Union since June 11, the Ukrainian State Border Service’s spokesman Oleh Slobodian has announced.

"Already, 95,461 citizens of Ukraine have exercised the right of unimpeded entry into European Union countries and only 50 have been refused entry. Most of them were refused entry because the purposes of their travel were not confirmed. Therefore, prepare more carefully and do not be afraid to discover the world for yourself," Slobodian said.

The total passenger traffic into the European Union since the introduction of visa-free travel is 1.814 million, the CFTS portal writes. Thus, only 5% of Ukrainian citizens have traveled to the European Union on biometric passports. Out of these, 33% traveled by air, 3-4% by rail, and the rest by road. According to the State Border Service, these indicators have practically not changed compared with May and the corresponding period of last year.

As reported, more than 45,000 Ukrainian citizens crossed the border with the European Union with biometric passports in the first two weeks of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the European Union (as of June 25). During this period, 43 citizens of Ukraine were denied entry into the European Union because of previous violations of the migration legislation of European Union in the overwhelming majority of cases. 

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