Poland has opened extra visa centres aimed at facilitation and simplification of application procedures allowing Ukrainian citizens to cross Polish border. Besides the existing consulates, there are to be 15 additional units.
New additional visa centres will be created in Ukrainian cities far from Polish diplomatic posts or in locations where the number of applicants is particularly high. “[This action] is a step connected with our policy aimed at the liberalization of the visa regime. We would like to facilitate this difficult procedure – the visa problem – for Ukrainians,” announced Henryk Litwin, Polish ambassador to Ukraine.
The first centres are to start operating in November this year – in Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv. Next, there are Ternopil, Rivne and Lutsk in December, and then, in 2012, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk , Kharkiv, Kiev, Odesa, Khmelnytsky, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia, Sevastopol, and Simferopol.
In 2010, Poland issued Ukraine’s citizens 452,000 visas, which are 55 percent of all Schengen Visas granted Ukrainians in EU countries. Currently, there are 5 Polish consulates managing the visa application process within the territory of Ukraine: in Kiev, Lutsk, Lviv, Odessa and Kharkiv.