Parliament Approved Border Relations Agreement
Bratislava, July 2 - Slovak
Parliament passed Slovak-Ukrainian border agreement
that will govern reciprocal travel for people
living in border regions.
Under the treaty, Ukrainians from regions within
50km of the border will be able to enter Slovakia
without visas. [Slovaks currently do not need
visas to travel to Ukraine.]
Ukrainians and Slovaks from border regions will
also be able to stay in other country for up
to 30 consecutive days, with total length of
all stays no more than 90 days within a period
of 180 days.
Eligible Ukrainian residents will have to pay
€20 (Sk620) for a license that will replace
Slovak visas and will be valid for five years.
The permits will be available at the General
Consulate of Slovakia in Uzhhorod and at the
General Consulate of Ukraine in Presov.
The issuing of an estimated 15,000 licenses
is expected to yield the state budget around
€300,000 (Sk9.06 million). The implementation
of the plan will claim Sk9 million (€297,800)
next year, including Sk6.13 million (€203,000)
for salaries and payroll taxes of additional
The agreement is to take effect in 30 days of
its ratification by both countries. Ukrainian
parliament has not ratified it yet.