The new amendments provide possibility for foreign journalists, human rights activists, and members of international NGOs to travel to Crimea. The representatives of foreign media must obtain special permit in coordination with the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine to carry out journalistic activities while the human rights activists and representatives of international non-governmental organizations must obtain one in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.
The list of grounds which allow foreign citizens to obtain a permit to enter Crimea was added with preaching of religious beliefs, performance of religious rites or religious needs (only at the request or with the agreement of the Ministry of Culture), as well as participation in the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
"We have been striving for these changes for several months and now welcome their adoption. In fact, Ukraine has denied the access of human rights activists from other countries, Russian lawyers who defended Ukrainian citizens in the Crimean courts, and foreign journalists since June 4, when the procedure of entry to Crimea and exit from it was adopted. Those people were actually the ones who could tell the world what was happening in Crimea and help people to protect their rights," Chairman of Human Rights Information Center Tetiana Pechionchik said.
However, the human rights activists say that the new procedure does not take into account all the changes they have offered and therefore, the problems with the access to Crimea remain.
Thus, the foreign nationals are not able to receive a permit or just apply for entry to Crimea from outside Ukraine. They have to go to Ukraine and submit documents in Ukraine to obtain a permit.