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Some 490,000 Ukrainians have taken advantage of visa-free regime with the European Union since its launch on June 11, 2017.

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A total of 17.6 million Ukrainian citizens have crossed the border with the EU countries since June last year, including 4.2 million citizens who used biometric passports, according to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

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In the first months of the visa-free regime, almost 80,000 Ukrainians crossed the border per months on average. In November 2017, some 32,500 people took advantage of visa-free travel. As reported, about 26,000 Ukrainian citizens have crossed the border since April 2018.

Traveling to the European countries, Ukrainians mostly cross the border with Poland, while least often through checkpoints at the border with Slovakia.

Biometric monitoring systems are operating at 157 international border crossing points with the EU countries, including airports.

UNIAN memo. On June 11, 2017, a visa free travel across the EU (excluding UK and Ireland, and including four Schengen states – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) was introduced for Ukrainian citizens.