Ukraine introduces visa regime with Russia from July 1, 2022

Ukraine introduces a visa regime with Russia from July 1, 2022

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, at the initiative of the President, decided to introduce a visa regime for Russians from July 1, 2022 of the year. Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President, announced this.

– Today, the President began the process of introducing a visa regime with Russia. The Cabinet of Ministers made the relevant decision, according to which the visa regime for Russians will work from July 1, 2022. Back in May, Volodymyr Zelensky supported the petition and sent a letter to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal asking him to work on this issue. Safety is a priority today. Against the backdrop of a full-scale war that Russia started, it is necessary to strengthen the regime of control over the entry of Russian citizens into the territory of Ukraine. There is also a request from society and the authorities, this is very important,” Yermak wrote.

The issue of introducing visas for Russians has been raised since 2014, when Russia started the war in Donbass. There was a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which implied registration at the place of residence and stay in the country for up to 90 days. From January 1, 2018, the entry and exit of Russians from Ukraine was carried out using passports with an electronic chip. If there was no chip in the passport, it was necessary to leave a fingerprint at the checkpoint.

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