Yevropeiska Pravda has published a detailed calendar plan with the key steps to settle the visa-free travel issue.
After today's vote in the European Parliament, the following procedure is still ahead:
1) EU ambassadors have to support the MEP's decision one more time and put it on the ministerial meeting agenda;
2) EU Council's qualified majority has to approve the decision;
3) Only after that the decision is signed by the president of the European Parliament and a representative of the presiding country (Malta);
4) The decision is published in the official EU bulletin (it usually takes up to a week, although urgent decisions are published the next day);
5) Within 20 days, Ukrainians will be able to travel to the EU without a visa.
As reported, the current calendar is as follows: EU ambassadors - April 26; the EU Council - May 11; signing - approximately May 15; publication - approximately May 22; the launch of visa-free travel - approximately June 11.
Citizens of Ukraine will need to carry a biometric passport (a visa will be required for those with old type passports) and an insurance policy. If a person crosses the border with an old type passport and a valid Schengen visa, it will still be valid for entering the EU, according to BBC.
When entering the EU with a biometric passport without a Schengen visa, a person can be asked by a border service officer about their destination, the availability of a return ticket or hotel reservation, as well as the availability of sufficient money for the trip (no bank statements - only cash or credit cards). This rule applies to absolutely all citizens of third countries granted visa liberalization with the EU. Visits can be multiple, but one should remember: the visa-free regime does not allow Ukrainians to work in the EU. Nor does it stipulate arriving in the EU for permanent residence. In the both cases, Ukrainians will still need a special visa.