Hungary will open all checkpoints on the border with Ukraine from Monday, June 29, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjarto has said.
“On Monday, next week, we will open all checkpoints between Hungary and Ukraine… Thus, we will ensure the movement across the border. However, the rules of entering another country will remain in effect,” he said during a joint press briefing with his Ukrainian counterpart, following the fourth meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Hungarian Commission on Economic Cooperation in Kyiv on Thursday.
The minister also said that the rules for entering Hungary will not change: Hungarian citizens will be able to enter the country without restrictions, and Ukrainians will transit Hungary or move at a maximum distance of 30 kilometers for 24 hours.
Szijjarto noted that he could not voice the dates of resumption of air and railway traffic between Ukraine and Hungary so far.
Ukraine has opened all border checkpoints at airports, Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv region) has accepted its first flight on the route Minsk (Belarus)-Kyiv.
According to Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy, Lufthansa flights are planned this week on the route Frankfurt-Kyiv-Frankfurt, KLM on the route Amsterdam-Kyiv-Amsterdam, SWISS International Airlines on the Zurich-Kyiv-Zurich route, Belavia on the route Minsk-Kyiv-Minsk.
In addition, according to the minister, Wizz Air Hungary plans from June 16 to fly from Ukraine to Austria, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Denmark, Greece, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia and the United Kingdom, it has already received the relevant permits. And from June 21, the Irish company Ryanair plans to fly from Kyiv to Barcelona, Madrid and Krakow (permits for flights are expected).
Ukrainian companies will begin to carry out international flights from June 22, the minister said.
Sixty-six checkpoints on Ukraine’s border with Moldova and EU member states reopened at 0:01 a.m. on May 29 on government orders, the Ukrainian State Border Service said in a statement on Friday. The neighbors were informed about the reopening of the border checkpoints, it said.
Trans-border traffic will fully restore after neighbors reopen checkpoints in their territories, the statement said.
The agency said it would rapidly inform the public about the resumption of international travel on its website, including by means of the interactive map.
The agency said, however, that Ukraine still had quarantine restrictions on foreign travelers.
The association of international pharmaceutical manufacturers AIPM Ukraine has asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to organize a Green Route at customs checkpoints to speed up supplies of medicines in the conditions of panic of the population rushing to buy medicines over the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
“Manufacturers and importers of medicines, under the current conditions, are trying to meet the demand in full for the appropriate medicines,” the association said in a letter sent to the president.
AIPM Ukraine said that, according to information available from AIPM Ukraine member companies, queues at customs, in particular at the Yahodyn customs post, lead to a significant slowdown in the supply of necessary medicines.
“We ask you to contribute to solving this problem and ensure priority customs clearance of medicines by introducing an official” green corridor “for these categories of goods, as has already been done in the European Union in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission,” AIPM Ukraine asked President Zelensky .
The association also pointed out the need to establish working interaction on this issue with the customs authorities of neighboring countries, such as Poland, to ensure a similar priority for the customs clearance of medicines at their customs posts to ensure imports to Ukraine.