Law of Ukraine

On Ratification of the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union Amending the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Community on the Facilitation of the Issuance of Visas

Date of entry into force:
April 20, 2013

Agreement between Ukraine and the European Community on the Facilitation of the Issuance of Visas was signed on June 18, 2007 in Luxembourg, and ratified by the Law of Ukraine N117-VI of January 15, 2008.

Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union Amending the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Community on the Facilitation of the Issuance of Visas (hereinafter referred to as Agreement) was concluded on July 23, 2012 in Brussels.

This Law ratifies the Agreement.

According to the Agreement, Ukraine may only reintroduce the visa requirement for citizens or certain categories of citizens of all Member States and not for citizens or certain categories of
citizens of individual Member States (amendments to Article 1 of the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Community on the Facilitation of the Issuance of Visas).

The Agreement introduces amendments to Article 4 of the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Community on the Liberalization of Visa Formalities, clarifying the list of documents that confirm the purpose of the trip.

According to the amendments to Article 5 of the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Community on the Facilitation of the Issuance of Visas, diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States shall issue multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of five years to the following categories of persons:
  • members of national and regional Governments and Parliaments, Constitutional Courts and Supreme Courts, national and regional prosecutors and their deputies, if they are not exempted from the visa requirement by the present Agreement, in the exercise of their duties;
  • permanent members of official delegations who, following official invitations addressed to Ukraine, shall regularly participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programs, as well as in events held in the territory of the Member States by intergovernmental organizations;
  • spouses and children (including adopted), who are under the age of 21 or are dependant, and parents (including custodians) visiting citizens of Ukraine legally residing in the territory of the Member States or citizens of the European Union residing in the territory of the Member State of which they are nationals;
  • business people and representatives of business organizations who regularly travel to the Member States;
  • journalists and the technical crew accompanying them in a professional capacity.
Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States shall issue multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of one year to the following categories of persons, provided that during the previous year they have obtained at least one visa, have made use of it in accordance with the laws on entry and stay of the visited State:
  • drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territories of the Member States in vehicles registered in Ukraine;
  • members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains, travelling to the territories of the Member States;
  • persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programs, who regularly travel to the Member States;
  • participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity;
  • participants in official exchange programs organized by twin cities and other municipal entities;
  • representatives of civil society organizations travelling regularly to Member States for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programs;
  • for participants in official European Union cross- border cooperation programs, such as under the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI);
  • students and post-graduate students who regularly travel for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programs;
  • for representatives of religious communities: (j) for members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held in the territory of the Member States;
  • persons needing to visit regularly for medical reasons and necessary accompanying persons.

According to the Agreement, the Member States shall charge a fee of EUR 70 for processing visas in cases where, based on the distance between the applicants place of residence and the place where the application has been submitted, the applicant has requested that a decision on the application be taken within three days of its submission, and the consulate has accepted to take a decision within three days (amendments to Article 6 of the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Community on the Facilitation of the Issuance of Visas).
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