The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ukraine has reported that from May 22, 2013 it is to change its previous practice of issuing Schengen visas for tourism and healthcare purposes.

“The types of visas mentioned above will be issued not just for a single entry, but also for multiple entries. The measure was taken according to the policy of Czech Republic to support individual and organized tourism and the resort business, to broaden the possibilities for personal contacts between the citizens of Ukraine and Czech Republic according to the priorities of EU Eastern Partnership, and to support the European integration aspirations of Ukraine,” reads a report posted on the web site of the Czech Embassy on Monday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Schengen frequent tourism and healthcare-related visas can be issued if only the applicant proves their intention to travel often and regularly, and if the applicant proves their reliability, in particular, that they used previous Schengen visas according to the rules. The applicant has to give proof of their economic situation in their country of origin, and their intention to leave Schengen member states before the visa expires.

An applicant for a multiple-entry visa, when submitting their application, must prove that previously they obtained at least two single Schengen visas or one frequent-use Schengen visa for 90 days with a validity of at least one year (with copies of these visas), which they managed to use for their purpose.

“In such cases it could be assumed that the next multiple visa would be used for its purpose. The validity of such visa will total one year, and two years for the next visa,” reads the report.

“We draw the attention of all applicants to the fact that the consular fee for the submission of an application for a multiple-entry visa hasn’t been increased compared to an application to obtain a single-entry visa. The consular fee remains the same both when submitting application individually or through an accredited tourist firm. The consular department doesn’t impose higher or additional fees in this case. Accredited tourist firms have no reason to impose higher payments on their clients for mediation when submitting application for a multi-entry visa than for submitting single-entry visas,” officials at the Embassy of the Czech Republic said.

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