The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin announced at a press conference with Didier Burkhalter, the Head of Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland that Ukraine and Switzerland have agreed to simplify the visa regime between the countries.
“We’ve just signed two agreements. I signed with Didier the agreement on facilitating the visa regime. You know that on June 11, we’ll have a visa-free regime with Switzerland but now we settled all issues in such a way that we have clear rules for entering Switzerland, including for categories receiving visas for free, for those who have not any biometric passports yet”, Klimkin said.
He stressed that all issues are settled in such a way that the arrangement works with the visa-free regime with the European Union. Klimkin also said that Ukraine and Switzerland have agreed on readmission, that is, the reception and transfer of persons illegally staying in the country.
“Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov signed the Readmission Agreement," said the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, noting that the agreement will strengthen cooperation between countries to combat illegal migration.”
Switzerland confirmed its readiness to introduce the visa-free regime with Ukraine in February. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced this following the results of a meeting with the President of Switzerland, Doris Leuthard in Davos.