Russia is simplifying the entry process for citizens of Ukraine into Russia.
The decree, which was signed on Friday, brings forth several key provisions:
- Visa-Free Entry: Ukrainian citizens are now allowed to enter Russia without the need for a visa. This applies to those traveling with a foreign Ukrainian passport, a diplomatic or service passport, or holding an identity card as a sailor or an aircraft crew member, as reported by VisaGuide.World.
- Acceptance of Expired Documents: The decree also allows Ukrainians to enter Russia with expired identification documents, offering greater flexibility to travelers.
- Requirements for Minors: For children, a birth certificate or the passport of a legal representative containing information about the child will be necessary.
- Travel of Ukrainian Children: Ukrainian children can exit Russia either in the company of a legal representative or with an adult who possesses notarized consent.
It’s important to note that Russia and Ukraine had a long-standing visa-free travel agreement in place since 1997, permitting citizens of both nations to freely visit each other’s territories. However, this agreement was terminated by Ukraine on January 1, 2023.