Ukraine will introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens from July 1

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the introduction of a visa regime with Russia from July 1, 2022. Previously, Russians did not need a visa to travel to Ukraine and stay there for 90 days

Ukraine will introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens from July 1, 2022 “as part of countering unprecedented threats to national security”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Telegram.

“As part of countering unprecedented threats to national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, I proposed to the Cabinet of Ministers to work out the issue of revising the regime for the entry of Russian citizens into the territory of Ukraine. And today the Cabinet of Ministers must make this important decision, — he wrote.

According to him, after the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, the visa regime with Russia will begin to operate from July 1, 2022.

RBC sent a request to the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

The petition to introduce a visa regime with Russia was published on the President's website on February 11, 2022, Zelensky answered it on May 25. At that time, the document received 26.7 thousand votes, while 25 thousand were required for consideration.

“The issue raised is important and urgent, therefore I support the need to strengthen the regime of control over the entry of Russian citizens into the territory of Ukraine. In view of the foregoing, a corresponding letter was sent to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal with a request to work out this issue, — said in Zelensky's response to the petition.

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Earlier, there was a visa-free regime between Russia and Ukraine. Russians could stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of their first entry into the country. It was possible to enter Ukraine if you had a passport with a validity longer than the end of the trip.

In March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ukraine banned the entry of foreigners into the country, but the ban was replaced by quarantine restrictions on entry: a requirement for a vaccination certificate or a negative test for COVID-19.

< p> On the morning of February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, after which Zelensky introduced martial law and announced a rupture of diplomatic relations with Russia. On May 22, the Verkhovna Rada extended martial law in Ukraine until August 23.

According to the Visit Ukraine portal, air traffic has been suspended in the country for the duration of martial law, but the entry and exit of foreign citizens by land is allowed. Ukrainian checkpoints on the borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova continue to operate, however, checkpoints on the borders with Russia, Belarus and the unrecognized Transnistrian Republic are closed.

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