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Foreign Ministry: Ukrainians still facing difficulties in obtaining Canadian visas

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Sept. 4, 2012, 6:25 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that the Canadian authorities have not simplified the visa regime for Ukrainians since 2005.
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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that the Canadian authorities have not simplified the visa regime for Ukrainians since 2005.

"Over this period, Canada has not introduced any steps for Ukraine in the simplification of the visa regime. It's still difficult for Ukrainians to obtain visas," the director of the ministry's information policy department, Oleh Voloshyn, said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday,

He said that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry was surprised that the Canadian side had done nothing to simplify the procedure for obtaining visas by Ukrainians, extend the period of validity of visas, and reduce the list of the required documents.

As reported, in 2005, the citizens of the EU member states got the right to visit Ukraine without visas. However, visas for Ukrainians were not canceled. However, since January 1, 2008 Ukrainian citizens have enjoyed an agreement on the simplification of the visa regime with EU member states.

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