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  • 13 June 2017

    Starting from June 11, holders of Ukrainian biometric passports will be exempt from visa requirement while travelling to Poland and the other Schengen area countries. The exemption applies to stays up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

    The exemption applies to stays up to 90 days within a 180 day period. We will continue to issue visas to those who hold a non-biometric passport or intend to travel to the Schengen area for more than 90 days.

    The regulation adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council was promptly welcome by Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski. Poland have long been advocating removal of restrictions for Ukrainians willing to travel to Poland and the European Union.

     

     

    As of today, the Schengen Area encompasses most EU States, except for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom. Of non-EU States, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein have joined the Schengen Area.

     

    While entering and staying in the Schengen Area without a visa, you will still need to:

     

    • have a valid travel document,
    • be able to justify the purpose and conditions of the planned stay and
    • have sufficient means of subsistence or a possibility of obtaining them in accordance with the law,
    • not be a person for whom an alert has been issued in the SIS for the purposes of refusing them entry as well as
    • is not considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or the international relations of any of the Member States of the European Union, and in particular not be a person for whom an alert has been issued on this basis for the purposes of refusing them entry in national databases of the member states.

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