Israel, Ukraine: No visa needed

Citizens may visit between countries without permits.

tel aviv sea 311 (photo credit: AP)
tel aviv sea 311
(photo credit: AP)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman signed an agreement on Wednesday with visiting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko eliminating the need for citizens of each country to get visas to visit the other, a concrete manifestation of warming bilateral ties.
Ukraine is the friendliest country toward Israel of all the states that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union, a senior Foreign Ministry official said recently.
Lieberman pushed the cancellation of the visa requirements through the cabinet earlier this year, as a sign of goodwill to Ukraine for its support, and over the objections of Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who argued that Ukraine was a center for international crime and human trafficking, and that doing away with the visas would create greater crime problems in Israel.
The move is expected to significantly increase tourism from Ukraine.
Lieberman, after he signed the agreement with Gryshchenko, said the accord was a result of good cooperation between the two governments and was an expression of “good and stable ties” between the two countries.
The Ukrainian foreign minister said the agreement was important and would help further cooperation between the countries in other fields as well.