June 2, 2017

Ukraine and Turkey begin passport-free travel

A deal between Turkey and Ukraine allowing their citizens to travel to each other’s country without passports took effect on Thursday,  June 1.

Under the agreement inked by Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman and Turkish PM Binali Yildirim on March 14, citizens of both countries will only need their national ID cards for stays of up to 90 days.

Turkey has become the largest tourism destination for Ukrainians as nearly 75 percent of 1.5 million Ukrainian tourists that travel overseas visit Turkey. Last year, over one million tourists from Ukraine visited Turkey, while more than 200,000 Turkish tourists travelled to Ukraine.

“Thanks to this agreement, we expect a 30 percent increase in these numbers this year,” said Andrii Sybiha, Kyiv’s ambassador in Ankara.      

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