The stand of Ukraine at the Arabian Travel Market held from April 28 to May 1 in Dubai was visited by many citizens of India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Among the topics discussed, the question of a simplified visa regime was often raised. In particular, the Indians wondered why they could not get a visa upon arrival. Questions regarding difficulties with obtaining a Ukrainian visa also arose among citizens of Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. About this on his page on Facebook wrote the head of the Department of tourism and promotions of the Kiev city state administration Anton Taranenko.
Representatives of the tourist industry acknowledge the problem, but note that there are nuances. “We should not forget that Iran, Iraq and Pakistan are the countries of high migration risk,” recalls Dmitry Tantsyura, executive director of the Albatros-Travel group of companies. According to the head of the MICE department of the Kiev Sputnik tour operator, Maria Yukhnovets, visa applicants from these countries are checked very carefully, and both receiving and sending companies are also checked. And of course, there are failures. “There are more chances for those who buy a tour from a company with a good reputation.
As for India, the situation here is quite difficult. Maria Yukhnovets notes that the pilot project “visa on arrival” really gained great popularity because it eliminated the need to personally submit the original documents to the consulate or visa centers. Tourists arriving at the airports of Odessa and Kiev received a Ukrainian visa already in place, and the number of failures was minimal. And it had a positive impact on the dynamics of the tourist flow from India. “Last year, for example, among all the tourists we were Hindu leaders. But since January 1 of this year, this project has been closed, and India is still not included in the list of countries whose citizens can receive an electronic visa. You can apply for a regular visa, appealing to the visa center, but this is a step backward compared to the opportunities that were previously. It is expected to lead to a reduction in tourist traffic “, – states Maria Yukhnovets.
The interlocutors also note that the tourist industry is interested in visa liberalization with such donor countries as India, China and a number of other Asian countries. After all, this will allow not only to attract tourists and investors from this region to Ukraine, but also to provide its economy with additional financial revenues.