Visa facilitation agreement
The Agreement between Ukraine and European Communities (European Union) on facilitation of the issuance of visas was signed on June 18, 2007 and entered into force on January 1, 2008.
The Agreement sets out special facilitations which are applied to the citizens of Ukraine, related to fees for processing visa applications (35 euro), timeframes for processing visa applications (10 days in regular cases and 2 day in cases of urgent character) and simplified procedures for some categories of travelers such as, in particular, the list of supporting documents regarding the purpose of the journey, the criteria for issuance of multiple-entry visas. Visa fees waived for 14 categories of Ukrainian citizens traveling to the EU. The Agreement also foresees that Ukrainian citizens-holders of diplomatic passport enjoy visa-free travels to the EU.
The multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of up to five years are to be issued to the spouses, children and parents visiting citizens of Ukraine legally residing in the territory of the EU member states, business people, journalists, members of national and regional institutions, Supreme Court and Constitutional Court, as well as to permanent members of official delegations.
One-year multiple-entry visas are to be issued to persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities including university and other exchange programs, participants in international sports events, members of train and alike crews, participants in official exchange programmes organized by twin cities. Visas valid from 2 to 5 years shall be issued to these travelers provided that during the previous 2 years they have made use of the one year multiple-entry visas and the reasons for requesting a multiple-entry visa are still valid.
Fees for processing the visa application are waived for close relatives such as spouses, children, grandchildren and parents of Ukrainian citizens legally residing in the territory of the EU member states, journalists, pupils, students, disabled persons and travelers accompanying disabled persons, professional carriers, members of train and alike crews, pensioners, children under 18 and dependents under age of 21, members of official delegations, representatives of national and regional governmental institutions, participants in official exchange programmes organized by twin cities.
The key point of the Agreement is the possibility of visa-free travels for citizens of Ukraine in the future.
In order to monitor the implementation of the Agreement the Parties have set up a Joint Committee of experts composed by representatives of Ukraine and the European Union.
On 23 July 2012 enhanced Agreement amending the Visa Facilitation Agreement was signed envisaging broadening the categories of the citizens of Ukraine who are entitled to receive multiple and free of charge Schengen visas until the moment when the short-term visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens to enter the EU are abolished.
The amendments also concern representatives of NGOs, religious and professional organizations, students and Ph.D. researches, participants of trans-border cooperation programs. The procedures of issuance of visas for international carriers, mass media representatives will be improved. The enhanced Agreement also sets precise terms of validity for multiple visas (1 year, 5 years), which would allow to avoid arbitrary interpretations of the relevant provisions of the agreement currently in force (which provides for visas valid for up to 1 or up to 5 years).
The Agreement entered into force on 1 July 2013.
Ukraine and the European Commission regularly monitor the state of implementation of the EU-Ukraine Facilitation agreement to assess the compliance with its provisions by applicants and the Consulates from the EU Member States (Schengen area) and take necessary measures to prevent the occurrence in question on visa refusal for Ukrainian citizens.