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European Commission urged Ukraine to refuse to issue a second foreign passport

Ukraine has to cancel the opportunity for its citizens to have two valid passports. Photo: dengi.informator.ua

Ukraine has to cancel the opportunity for its citizens to have two valid passports. Photo: dengi.informator.ua

The European Union believes that Ukraine should abolish the ability to have two valid passports for traveling abroad for its citizens. This is stated in the report of the European Commission within the framework of the mechanism for the suspension of visa-free regimes, Yevropeiska Pravda (European Truth from Ukrainian) reported.

The report says Poland has identified Ukrainian citizens holding more than one legally issued passport, sometimes with altered personal details. This could allow them to stay in the EU for more than 90 days in any 180 day period.

Therefore, the EU expects that Ukraine will not only stop issuing two valid passports for traveling abroad but also cancel the validity of additional documents already issued.

Context. The EU Council approved a mechanism for the suspension of visa-free regimes in February 2017. There are five reasons why the suspension of visa-free travel is possible. Four of them relate to migration. The EU reserves the right to return visas for any country that turns into a source of migration threat. The fifth reason is the rollback in the implementation of reforms.

Ukraine dropped to 37th position in the passport ranking—last quarter it was two positions higher. Holders of Ukrainian passports can travel without a visa or with a visa upon arrival to 137 countries.

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