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Ukraine marks start of visa-free regime with EU (PHOTOS)

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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko during the launch of the symbolic "visa-free timer" on the occasion of the introduction of a visa-free regime with the EU on the square in front of the Presidential Administration in Kyiv on June 10.
Photo by Mykola Lazarenko

Ukraine on June 10 geared up for the start of visa-free travel to most EU countries with events and a concert in the capital Kyiv.

In the afternoon, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli hosted a ceremony launching a symbolic “visa-free timer” on the square in front of the Presidential Administration in Kyiv.

Later, as dusk fell, city authorities threw a concert on Kyiv’s European Square for thousands of Ukrainians to mark the entry into force of the visa-free regime at 12 0’clock midnight on June 11.

President Poroshenko also gave a speech at the concert to congratulate his fellow citizens on the granting by the EU of visa-free travel – a key pledge of his election campaign.

Ukrainians can now travel visa-free to the countries of the Schengen Area, if they have an EU-compliant biometric passport.

While the visa-free regime does not apply to two EU countries – the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland – it does apply to some non-EU counties that are within the Schengen Area, such as Norway and Iceland.

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