The passport of a citizen of Ukraine dropped to four positions in the rating of passports of the company Henley & Partners.
According to the rating, the Ukrainian passport took 44th place, dividing it with Nicaragua and Tuvalu. Currently, citizens of Ukraine can visit 126 countries without visas.
In the second quarter, the passport rate of Ukraine was higher – 40th place and 128 countries with visa-free visits. Over the past few months, two countries – Djibouti and Benin have changed their visa policy, and now Ukrainians should receive an electronic visa instead of a visa upon arrival.
Over the past 10 years, the indicators of the Ukrainian passport have increased significantly. In 2009, Ukrainians could visit without a visa only 50 countries, 5 years ago – 79.
The first place in the passport index is still occupied by Japan and Singapore, whose passports are allowed to visit 189 countries of the world without a visa. South Korea, which was previously the leader of the ranking, dropped to second place, dividing it with Germany and Finland (187 countries). In third place is Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (186 countries).
The last place in the rating of passports is occupied by Afghanistan with visa-free access to 25 countries.
According to an official of the State Migration Service of Ukraine, on July 1, 2019 to rise several kinds of administrative services related to immigration and travel abroad.
In particular, the cost of Ukrainian biometric documents will increase – the price increase will be up to 30%.
The cost of issuing a Ukrainian passport will increase from 557.32 UAH (22 USD) to 682 UAH (27 USD) (period of 20 days) or from 810.32 UAH (31 USD) to 1034 UAH (40 USD) (up to 7 days).
The issuance of a temporary or permanent residence permit in Ukraine will also increase. In the first case, the price will grow from 821 to 891 UAH (34 USD), and in the second – from 629 to 728 UAH (28 USD).
Issuance of a passport of a citizen of Ukraine (ID-card) will rise from 279 to 345 UAH (for 20 days) or from 366 to 471 UAH (for 10 days). However, for those who get the passport for the first time in their lives, cards will still be issued free of charge.
In addition, starting July 1, the cost of issuing other documents that record the stay of foreigners and stateless persons in Ukraine – a refugee card, travel document of a refugee, etc., will increase. A complete list of changes in the value of these references can be found on the official website of the State Migration Service of Ukraine.
The cost of issuing of documents increases for the first time since 2016.
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