U.S. Embassy continues investigations into visa issue
Kyiv Press Bureau
KYIV - The U.S. Embassy to Ukraine continues to "very seriously look into the matter" of U.S. citizens being denied the ability to purchase Ukrainian visas at Boryspil International Airport, a spokesman said on August 14.
Serhii Zaitsev, information assistant at the United States Information Service in Kyiv, said the American side is "continuing intensive discussions with Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs" about the issue.
In December 1996 the ministry had announced that foreigners traveling to Ukraine from countries that have Ukrainian embassies and consulates must purchase visas prior to their arrival.
Visas were still readily purchased by Americans at Boryspil Airport until mid-July, after which some 20 Americans without visas were forced to return to the Western European cities where their flights originated.
As of August 7 Germans were still able to purchase Ukrainian visas at Boryspil.
Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, August 17, 1997, No. 33, Vol. LXV
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