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Statement of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Belgium on the Rules of entry into and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine
07 August 2015 09:57

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Belgium reminds all foreign citizensand stateless persons who intend to visit the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol which have been illegaly occupied and annexed by the Russian Federation that the entry and exit procedures for Crimea are regulated by the  Law of Ukraine “On protection of rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime for the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine”.

On the basis of this Law on June 4, 2015 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the Rulesof entryinto and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. Information about the Rules can be found below.

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Belgium urges all foreign citizens and stateless persons to strictly abide by the laws of Ukraine and the Rules of entry into and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.Every single infringement of the Rules will lead to legal consequences and those responsible will face restrictions according to the Ukrainian legislation including the ban on entry into Ukraine.

 

On June 4, 2015 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine by its Resolution № 367 approved the Rules of entry into and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.

Rules on entry into and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine

On June 4, 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine by its Resolution № 367 approved the Rules on entry into and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. 

TheRules prepared by the Administration of the State Border Service of Ukraine establish the order of crossing the administrative border with temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea of Ukraine.

In particular, they specify a list of relevant checkpoints, which have a special status and cannot be considered as crossing points of the state border of Ukraine. The Rules also provide for passport control at the entrance into the temporarily occupied territory and exit from it.

According to the Rules, entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons into the temporarily occupied territory and exit from it is allowed only through the checkpoints foreseen by these Rules and requires presenting a valid passport and a special permission issued by the local authority of the State Migration Service of Ukraine.

The official checkpoints are:

For entering by car: Kalanchak, Chaplynka, Chongar.

For entering by train: Kherson, Melitopol, Vadym, Novooleksiivka.

For citizens of Ukraine passport control will be conducted on presentation of any document specified in Article 5 of the Law of Ukraine “On Citizenship of Ukraine” or Article 2 of the Law of Ukraine “On procedure of exit from Ukraine and entry into Ukraine of the citizens of Ukraine” (passport of the citizen of Ukraine, passport of the citizen of Ukraine for travel abroad, a temporary certificate of the citizen of Ukraine, diplomatic passport, service passport, seafarer identity card, crew member certificate, certificate of the citizen for return to Ukraine, child travel document).

The Rules also determine the terms of issuing of special permits for foreign citizens and stateless persons for single and multipleentry into the temporarily occupied territory and sets special formto be filled for obtaining a permit.

In order to receive a special permit a foreign citizen or a stateless person must submit: an application, a passport, a document that confirms the legality of person’s staying in Ukraine, a copy of the document with personal data translated into Ukrainian, a document which confirms the purpose of entering the occupied territory, a document which confirms the financial provision for staying in Ukraine, 3 photos (3,5x4,5).

A special permit is issued:

1) if a person has close relatives or family members residing in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine (relevant documents issued by the authorized state bodies of Ukraine should be submitted);

2) if a person wants to visit graves of close relatives or family members located in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine (relevant documents should be submitted);

3) in case of death of close relatives or family members, who lived in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine (should be confirmed by relevant documents);

4) if a person has property located in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;

5) if a person needs to visit occupied territory while conducting measures for protection of national interests of Ukraine in the framework of peaceful settlement of the conflict, liberation of Ukraine from occupation or for humanitarian policy (only if agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine);

6) if a person is performing diplomatic and consular functions, in particular within the framework of international organizations which Ukraine is a member of (only if agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine);

7) if a person is making regular trips to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine related to employment on railways.

Special permission is to be signed by the Head of the local body of the State Migration Service of Ukraine or his Deputy.

A person who violates the regime of entry into the occupied territory will be brought to justice.

Information about people entering the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine or leaving it will be entered by the authorized officials of the State Border Authority of Ukraine into the special database.

The link to additional information is available in Ukrainian:

http://zakon4.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/367-2015-%D0%BF/

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