Visa-free EU travel for Ukrainians announced

Visa-free EU travel for Ukrainians announced

Visa-free EU travel for Ukrainians announced
June 29
16:54 2017

By Maria Badakh, UITT

Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports can now travel to EU member states without a visa for 90 days – which could bring millions more Ukrainian tourists to Europe each year.

This news will bring a huge increase to Ukraine’s outbound tourism market – which is already showing record-breaking growth. Ukrainians made over 24 million trips abroad in 2016. This is 7% more than in 2015, and the highest number since statistics began in 2000.

Many destinations are benefiting from the rise in Ukrainian tourists:

Around the Mediterranean, Ukrainian tourism to Spain grew 47% in 2016, for Cyprus the growth was 39%, and the growth figures for Ukrainians travelling to Bulgaria, Egypt and Israel were 24%, 19% and 13%.

– Ukraine is in the top 10 countries of origin for tourists in Turkey – for January to April 2017, 158,944 Ukrainians visited Turkey in the period, 11% more than the previous year.

– Ukrainians are also enjoying more long-haul travel. There was a 24% rise in Ukrainian visitors to the USA in 2016, Iran grew 45%, and Thailand grew 12%. China grew spectacularly – 135% more Ukrainians visited in 2016 than the previous year.

Why the rise? Ukraine’s economy is recovering, and GDP is forecast to grow 3.5% next year. This means more spending power for Ukrainians – allowing them to travel abroad again and release their demand for holidays.

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