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Russians in Ukraine: New Restrictions
April 8, 2014 11:36


Restrictions on the length of stay of Russian citizens came into force in Ukraine. In accordance with the new rules introduced by the country’s State Border Guard Service, as well as by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the citizens of the Russian Federation, who arrived in Ukraine, may temporarily stay on its territory not more than 90 days within 180 days from the date of first entry.

"From 0.00 (1.00 MSK), April 7 the State Border Guard Service will initiate verification of the compliance of citizens of the Russian Federation with the length-of-stay requirements in Ukraine,” the border agency reported, with the reference to the message of Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

This decision was taken in response to the imposition of restrictions by the Russian side, which starting January 1, 2014 imposed for citizens of Ukraine the similar length of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation.

"How will the new rules work? Until now, the citizens of Russia coming to Ukraine could stay in the country up to three months and after this period were obliged to leave Ukraine with the possibility of immediate return. According to the State Border Guard Service, in case of non-completion of requirements by Russians, their entry into the country will be denied, but if the extension of the length of stay will be found when leaving the country, the perpetrators will be brought to administrative responsibility. The new rules will not apply to citizens of the Russian Federation crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border under the agreement on the order of crossing the Russian-Ukrainian state border by residents of border regions of Ukraine and the Russian Federation from 11 October 2011, concluded between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation. As the Director of Information Policy Department of Ukrainian MFA Yevgheny Perebeynos explained, these measures "are introduced on the basis of reciprocity."

"In accordance with Art. 1 of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation on visa-free travel of citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation signed on January 16, 1997, – he said, – the citizens of Ukraine and Russia can enter, leave and travel throughout the States without visas in compliance with the rules of stay, effective in that State on the basis of the documents of identity and proof of citizenship." On December 17, 2013 the State Duma adopted a bill on limiting the term of stay in Russia for migrants, who entered the country without visa. It is about shortening the period of stay up to 90 days within six months (180 days) for foreign citizens, who entered Russia without visa. 

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Ukraine Restrictions    

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