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Procedure for entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and exit from it
05 August 2015 09:46

On June 4, 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a Resolution No 367, establishing Procedure for entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and exit from it (hereinafter – the "Procedure"). The Procedure came into force on 10 June 2015.

The Procedure is adopted pursuant to the Laws of Ukraine "On the Establishment of Free Economic Zone "Crimea", “On Guaranteeing the Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and the Legal Regime on the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine” regarding entry to and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine (hereinafter – "Crimea") by citizens of Ukraine, foreign citizens and stateless persons.

The Procedure introduces changes regarding the entry to and exit from Crimea by foreign citizens and stateless persons. Such persons can entry and exit from Crimea:

through special control entry points; and

upon providing a passport; and

upon providing a special permission (hereinafter – the "Permission").

This Permission shall be issued by relevant State Migration Service of Ukraine (hereinafter – the "Migration Service") within 5 business days following submission of the required documents. The list of the documents is stipulated by the Procedure (among them are statement, passport, documents confirming the reason for entry to Crimea and the financial resources for the period of stay in Ukraine, etc.). Filing of the documents via diplomatic or consular offices outside Ukraine is not provided in the Procedure. The Permission shall be issued for a single entry or multiple entries to the Crimea.

 The Procedure prescribes a limited number of cases upon which the Permission can be granted. For instance, these are the following cases: ownership to real estate in Crimea, immediate relatives or family members in Crimea, necessity to perform diplomatic and consular functions, etc. These facts shall be confirmed by the official documents.

The Migration Service is entitled to refuse from issuance the Permission. Procedure limits the number of grounds for the refusal. This could be the lack of substantiation for entry to Crimea.

With respect to citizens of Ukraine, the procedure for entry to and exit from Crimea is performed through special control entry points and upon presentation of documents certifying the Ukrainian citizenship in accordance with laws of Ukraine.

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