100 days of EU-Ukraine visa liberalization boosts travel by 10%



Article by: Vitalii Rybak

More than 3 months have passed after visa-free regime between EU and Ukraine came into force. On June 11, the first travelers could enter EU countries without a need to pay for a visa. Three months is just a start, and there is not yet enough statistics made public. But we can draw some conclusions from the available data.

First, it is worth to mention that summer is a period of vacations, and it is primarily for them EU-Ukraine that visa liberalization eases entry requirements. It permits Ukrainians to stay in EU countries for 90 days within any 180-day-period. No employment or study is envisioned.

Second, according to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency referring to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine – from June 11 to September 11 – more than 5.8 mn Ukrainians visited the EU – 10% more than during the same period last year. Only 25% of them had biometric passports allowing their holders to enter the EU without a visa, and only 235,795 Ukrainians did not have a visa in the passport. Thus, 87% of citizens with biometric passports traveled with visas, and only 4% took full advantage of the benefits of the visa-free regime. 

Third, the number of refusals in entry is low – only 61 were turned around at the border. The main reasons are overstays and previous breaches of EU migration rules.

And the last thing, as mentioned above, a biometric passport is among the conditions to enter EU without visa. So from the beginning of 2017, about 2.5 mm Ukrainians received biometric passports, according to the Ukrinform multimedia platform. From the day the visa-free regime was launched (June 11), – 775 871 Ukrainians got their biometric passports, according to Yevropeiska Pravda.

Thus, these numbers prove the conclusions made in a previous article that visa policy is not a decisive factor to determine migration flows. It can facilitate entry but the desire or the need are more important. In the case of Ukraine, a complex economic situation and war in Donbas are the main push factors to leave Ukraine.

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  1. Avatar Screwdriver says:

    We know that most of those “tourists” are illegals work force, what is the real % of the actual tourists ? 5 % ?

    1. Avatar Микола Данчук says:

      Do you have any idea of how many legal workers are being recruited for work in EU countries?
      There is no longer a need for jeopardizing ones status in the EU. Poland, Italy, Spain, etc., etc. have offices in Ukraine for laborers.
      Only a stupid Bolshevik would state otherwise.

      1. Avatar Screwdriver says:

        It is a fact that huge number of Ukrainians work for cash, many business, specially in Poland do not want to pay taxes, workes comp…etc..etc.., they happy to pay cash to “tourists”.
        But some Ukrainians using tourism to perform retail theft in skleps ( Polish stores), some businesses in Poland had enough already, and frisking Ukrainians.

        1. Avatar Микола Данчук says:

          It is a fact that you post lies for your personal point of view.
          It is a fact that Russians in the EU will refer to themselves as Ukrainians when need-be.
          Lies are a normality with-in the culture of you bolsheviks!

          1. Avatar Screwdriver says:

            It was from polish newspaper you idiot

    2. Avatar Murf says:

      Tell me screwball do you ever have any reliable references for your wild eyed beliefs?

        1. Avatar Murf says:

          Is “Some” equal to “most” in Russia.because in the rest ot the world they are not.
          But what is truly hilarious is a putin lover critisizing aNYBODY on plant Earth for illegal human trafficking.
          The US state Depatment’s 2016 report on human trafficling
          “The Government of Russia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so. During the reporting period, as in previous years, the government did not draft a national strategy or assign roles and responsibilities to government agencies. The government offered no funding or programs for trafficking victims’ rehabilitation, while several privately run shelters ceased operations during the reporting period due to lack of funding and the government’s crackdown on civil society.”
          And the Global Slavery Index for 2013 rated Russia #6 with an estimated 490,000 people being held.
          But look at the up side; at least your not as bad as Ethiopia or Nigeria!
          Of course that’s not saying much.

          1. Avatar Screwdriver says:

            Many countries have certain problems, but we talking about Ukrainian “tourists”, don`t we ?

  2. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

    How many of those Ukrainians overstayed their welcome?

    1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

      RuSSians are unwanted scum.