Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minster, said on 24 November that their country will commence issuing long-stay visas to Ukrainian citizens with immediate effect, though Hungary has not received the final approval of the European Union.
This was stated by him after he met Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine’s Prime Minister. World Bulletin quotes Orban as saying that after the three tough years that Ukraine had faced, it was the responsibility of EU to offer visa-free access to the latter.
Despite the resistance from other EU countries, Hungary had decided to go ahead and grant D type or national visas free of charge immediately to the citizens of Ukraine, said Orban during a joint press conference.
With D type visas, people are allowed to stay in Hungary for more than 90 days and to travel along Schengen area of Europe, though some time restrictions would be in place.
Although EU member states on 17 November gave a nod to visa-free travel for the citizens of Ukraine, it still has to get an approval from the European Parliament.
Orban asked Groysman to assess soon as to when Ukraine can reciprocate a similar move for Hungarian citizens entering their country.
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