17 may in Strasbourg has finally accomplished a milestone document on visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU was signed by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and the Minister of internal Affairs of the presidency of the EU Council of Malta Carmelo Abela. To personally attend the ceremonial signing came, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the speaker on the Ukrainian question in the European Parliament Mariya Gabriel.
Now the document will be published in the official journal of the EU, and 20 days, approximately June 11, it will enter into force. “Today,” through Ukrainian forums and answered most common questions people visa-free regime.
No. 1: will there be any paperwork?
The answer is Yes! Now to obtain a Schengen visa, travelers need to collect a pile of certificates (photo, questionnaire, medical insurance, copies of tickets, invitation, hotel reservation, proof of employment, proof of salary for the last six months, Bank reference, statement of cash flow on account of translation of all certificates into English and other documents). In addition, you need to make an appointment at the Consulate, to pay 35 Euro fee and wait for weeks passport, hoping for a positive solution.
After a visa-free regime in the EU will come into force, it will remain in the past — enough biometric passports. To pay nothing, and with enough to take a return ticket, hotel reservation and enough money for the trip (depending on the country, or rather can be viewed on the websites of the consulates) — all that honest traveller, in any case, must be in possession of. But the list is conditional: the trip to the family instead of the hotel reservation will fit the invitation in any form, but if you are traveling on the auto — return ticket changed to a detailed itinerary. If you are going to attend any event, take the entrance ticket, invitation, accreditation, certificate of registration or other documents confirming the purpose of visit.
No. 2: How it works and why you need it?
Visa-free regime will be valid only for short trips in Europe — not more than 90 days within six months. On the most frequently asked question — “will it be Possible without a visa to work and study in the EU?” — the unambiguous answer is “no”! In these cases, have yet to issue special documents: residence permit, work or student visa.
While visa-free regime provides an opportunity for Ukrainian youth to participate in short-term training programs (internships, courses, seminars), go to select University for future learning or to participate in the conference. But wishing to apply for legal employment in the EU visa-free regime gives the opportunity to go to the interview to familiarize myself with the working conditions, to negotiate with the employer on a future contract and work visa. “You can ensure the safety and reliability of the employer, and this is especially important when it comes to skilled well-paid jobs”, — said the EU delegation in Ukraine. Useful bezviz and budding entrepreneurs — they can easily go to EU partner search, participation in exhibitions and contracts.
And, of course, the most obvious advantage from bezveza — open to travel Europe. Beach lovers will be able to buy hot tours with great discount without worrying about the visa and fans a great — to go to Paris or Rome for the weekend. “Ukrainians can now plan trips spontaneously — at least for tomorrow, as well as without risk (of rejection of visa. — Ed.) to buy tickets in advance, taking advantage of promotions and discounts. Over time, due bezveze expected reduction of prices on tickets and access to the Ukrainian market a new low-cost airlines”, — explain in office of the EU. Also a clear relief feel fans of festivals, cultural events and sports fans. In addition, now the trip to the concert of your favorite band, too, will not become so problematic.
No. 3: I still can not let?
Do — a visa-free regime is not a 100% guarantee of free entry into the country. European border guards have right to check the implementation of the requirements of the Schengen border Protocol. “These requirements are not dependent on the availability of visas, they apply equally to travellers who cross the border as part of vizovogo and a visa-free regime”, — noted in the EU. That is, validation is not required, but is the lack of required documents may be cause for refusal of entry. But, most likely, will check back in Ukraine, so the risks are minimal.
May refuse if you have: enough money for the trip (the minimum amount on the day that each country determines separately) or you can not confirm the purpose of the visit (no hotel reservation, invitation, event tickets). And, of course, you will refused entry if you have abiotically passport. Also wrapped on the border of those who noted “red flags” in the Schengen information system: these include convicted EU criminals suspected of crimes previously deported tourists with the ban on entry. However, the absence of health insurance or Bank statements cannot be a reason for refusal.
Number 4: Entry and MPD no longer work?
The liberalization of the visa regime between Ukraine and the EU will not affect Ukrainians who went to Europe in another way.
This means that holders of a valid Schengen visas can travel to EU countries, while the period of validity of their visa will not come to an end. And this applies to both owners of the “Schengen area” in binarychecksum the passport and the document of the old sample. However, in the latter case, the border guards can ask the tourist those additional documents, and visa-free travelers. The EU delegation to Ukraine in its information of the company for bizwise adds: “the Ukrainians, who have the passport of the old sample with a valid multiple entry visa in the Schengen area, concurrently to issue biometric passports”.
The old things will remain for the inhabitants of border with the EU zones: they are, as before, will be covered by the agreement on small border traffic (IPOA). This means that Ukrainians living in certain international agreements zones will continue to travel to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania under the simplified regime (without a visa, but under special permission from those States).
No. 5: Where it is possible without a visa?
Without the “Schengen area” will be able to travel to 34 countries: 22 EU countries in the Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Greece, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden), 4 EU countries outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Croatia), 4 associate members of the Schengen area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway) and 4 of the dwarf of the country (Monaco, The Vatican, San Marino, Andorra). But the visa in Britain, Ireland will remain.