Lithuania intends to simplify the Schengen visa application procedure for Ukrainians, vice-consul of Lithuania to Ukraine Jūratė Usyavichyute told a press conference in Kyiv, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to her, the Lithuanian embassy cooperates with 40 Ukrainian tour companies and has worked out a simplified scheme of speedy visa issuing.

"Tourists don't need to go to embassy personally. The documents can be collected and submitted by tour companies," the vice consul said, explaining that tour operators jump the queue.

She also informed that the Lithuanian consulate has increased the number of issued visas. "We see the number of people visiting Lithuania increases constantly," she said.

As for the percentage of Schengen visa refusal for Ukrainians, Jūratė Usyavichyute stated it is very low comparing to other countries. "We do not complicate the visa issuing process, though you still need documents to apply for Schengen visa," she explained.

In response to ForUm's questions how often Ukrainians use Lithuanian Schengen visas to get to other EU countries, the vice consul said "it is not a mass phenomenon."

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