Consulate General of Poland in Lviv (western Ukraine) now issues Schengen visas for shop-tours.

The first 'shopping visa' will be issued for a period of seven days, the second for up to a year. This visa, costing 35 euros, is available exclusively to the residents of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions (west of the country), UKRINFORM reports.

In addition, to obtain such a visa, it is not necessary to submit income certificates, officially certified invitations from legal entities or natural persons, or to confirm a hotel reservation.

According to the new rules, to get a second 'shopping visa', the petitioner must provide a registered sale receipt confirming that during his first visit to Poland, he really bought something. The amount of goods purchased is not limited.

Consul General of Poland in Lviv Jaroslaw Drozd said: "We want the experiment to be successful and help people, to become one of the elements of the revitalization and liberalization of visa traffic."

He also said that the consulate's visa centers, which are already functioning in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, will also open in Lutsk in December and in Ternopil in January. In addition, according to the consul, within preparations for UEFA EURO 2012, there will be intensive modernization of the existing border crossings to increase their capacity.

For 11 months of this year, the Consulate General of Poland in Lviv had time to give more than 250,000 visas. About half of them are Schengen visas, half - national.

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