Poroshenko: Ukrainian passports more powerful than those of Russia
Outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that the passport of Ukraine is more powerful than that of Russia in terms of travelling around the world.
"All in all, the Ukrainian passport allows free entry into 133 countries around the world. I am proud that we have strengthened the status of Ukrainian citizenship," he said on Facebook on May 4, citing Passport Index 2019 data.
Ukraine's passport power rank is 23rd, according to the Passport Index, which features passports of the world ranked by their total visa-free score. Ukrainians do not need visas when travelling to 91 countries and can get a visa on arrival in 42 countries. Russia ranks 37th with free travel to 117 countries (81 visa-free travel and 36 countries where its citizens get a visa on arrival).
As reported by UNIAN, a decision of the Council of the European Union on the introduction of a visa-free regime for citizens of Ukraine who make short trips to 30 EU countries and the Schengen zone entered into force on June 11, 2017.
According to the conditions, Ukrainians should not seek shelter or try to find a job. This will be a violation of European law. Also, Ukrainians have to prove the purpose of their trip to visit EU countries.