Agreement between the governments of Romania and Ukraine on small border traffic, signed ad referendum

Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean and Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia signed ad referendum on Tuesday, 1 April, in the margin of the NATO – Ukraine meeting in Brussels, the text of an Agreement between the Government of Romania and Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on small border traffic.

The agreement regulates the conditions for small border traffic, i.e. frequent crossing of the Romanian-Ukrainian state border by persons residing in the border zone of Romania or Ukraine who intend to remain in the border zone of the other state, particularly for reasons of a social, cultural or family nature or for economic reasons, for an uninterrupted stay not exceeding 3 months.

The agreement applies to the inhabitants of a 30-km zone on either side of the common border, a zone that can be extended to maximum 50 km from the borderline in the case of administrative-territorial units extending beyond the 30-km limit.

The territorial-administrative units that are part of the geographical area where the agreement applies are listed in Annex no. 1 to the Agreement.

Benefiting from the provisions of the agreement are all persons that have been living, legally, for at least 3 years in the border area of Romania or Ukraine. Also included are their spouses, underage or adult children dependent on their parents (including adopted children), even if they have been living in the border area for less than 3 years. The above-mentioned persons can cross the Romanian-Ukrainian border without a visa, based on a small border traffic permit.

Technically, the signature ad referendum means provisional authentication of the text agreed upon following negotiation, with the agreement to be signed definitively after completion by the Ukrainian side of the necessary internal procedures. The Romanian side completed the necessary formalities in March 2014.

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