Disinfo: The end of visa-free regime for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

Summary

It will become more difficult for the citizens of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova to travel to Europe. In practise, the visa-free regime for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will end.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on visa-free regime and ETIAS. euvsdisinfo.eu/report/shocking-news-eu-is-preparing-new-visas-for-serbians-this-is-the-end-of-integrations/,

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is not a visa. A visa free traveller does obviously not need a visa to enter the Schengen area, and ETIAS will not change this. ETIAS will be an automated IT system created to identify any risks associated with a visa-exempt visitor travelling to the Schengen Area. This concerns citizens of all visa free countries, currently over 60 countries including the US and Canada.

ETIAS is expected to be operational as of 2020, pending the adoption in the European Parliament and Council.

Questions and answers: European Travel Information and Authorisation System

www.dw.com/sr/nije-viza-%C5%A1ta-je-onda/a-41083364

Further debunking by the Insider: theins.ru/antifake/101578,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: EU, Visa liberalisation

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