Poland has agreed to cancel for Ukrainian citizens the payment for issuing national long-term visas (Type D), Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Kostiantyn Hryshchenko wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday, according to UKRINFORM.

"There's good news. Poland has accepted our initiative to cancel a fee of EUR 20 for their national long-term visas (Type D). Now we will launch a respective procedure in order to sign a bilateral agreement on this issue," the minister said.

He said that more than 200,000 visas of this kind worth more than EUR 4 million were issued last year. "Now this money will remain in the budgets of Ukrainian families," the minister said.

In addition, Hryshchenko noted that it was currently possible to get Schengen visas at the Polish Embassy in Ukraine by showing tickets for EURO 2012 matches and insurance certificates. "There's already a rule that tickets for EURO 2012 matches and insurance certificates are sufficient to obtain Schengen (!) visas in the Embassy of Poland," Hryshchenko said.

As reported, in early October 2011, Poland confirmed that it would introduce a simplified procedure for issuing Schengen visas at the time of the EURO 2012 European Football Championship.

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