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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX OF UKRAINIANS FALLS TO 71.3 POINTS IN JULY

Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) of Ukrainians, after rising by 1.7 points in June, decreased by 1.6 points in July – to 71.3 points on a 200-point scale, according to a study by Info Sapiens agency.
“Most components of the Consumer Confidence Index in July 2021 are stable and have not changed compared to June. However, there is a tendency to reduce the Index of Expected Changes in Personal Financial Standing, which may be associated with an increase in gas prices,” the agency’s website says.
According to the study, Index of the Current Situation (ICS) has increased and equals 68.2, which is 0.2 points higher than in June. Index of Current Personal Financial Standing equals 61.2, which is 0.2 points higher than the indicator in June. Index of Propensity to Consume increased by 0.2 point to the level 75.2 points.
In July, Index of Economic Expectations (ІЕE) equals 73.3, which is 2.9 points lower that the level of this indicator in June. Index of Expected Changes in Personal Financial Standing equals 75.3, which is 4.1 points lower than in June. Index of Expectations of the Country’s Economic Development over the Next Year equals 65.9 which is 0.9 points lower than the level of this indicator in June and Index of Expectations of the Country’s Economic Development over the Next 5 Years decreased by 3.6 points compared to last month and equals 78.8.
Info Sapiens indicates that the indicator of Index of Expectations of Changes in Unemployment has decreased by 1.2 points and equals 137.4 and Index of Inflationary Expectations increased by 3.8 points and equals 192.
Expectations of Ukrainians regarding the hryvnia’s exchange rate in the coming three months have improved: Index of Devaluation Expectations increased by 11.4 points and equals 139.4.

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ITALY OPENS ENTRY FOR UKRAINIANS

The Italian government has opened entry for Ukrainians for all types of travel since July 31, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
“In accordance with the order of the Italian Ministry of Health dated July 29 on the updated norms for crossing the border with Italy, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine has been included in the list of countries of category D since July 31, which provides for the possibility of visiting the territory of the Italian Republic for any purpose, including tourism,” a message on the website of the interactive map of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine tripadvisor.mfa.gov.ua reads.
It is indicated that at the same time, those wishing to visit Italy should take into account the basic mandatory requirements.
In particular, the presence of a certificate of a negative result of molecular or antigenic testing for COVID-19 (the test was done at least 72 hours before arrival). The online Passenger Locator Form must also be completed, which is available at https://app.euplf.eu/.
Upon arrival in Italy, citizens must self-isolate for five days, after which they must retest for COVID-19, which must confirm a negative result.
“Self-isolation is not required if a citizen has a negative molecular or antigen test for COVID-19, and has provided the carrier or any other authorized person with the corresponding Green Pass European-standard certificate of completion of the full course of vaccination with one of the approved by the European Agency on medicinal products with the following vaccines Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca (a green passport is always provided with a negative test result),” the message explains.
In the absence of the above certificates, citizens can enter Italy, but they must self-isolate within five days, activating local health surveillance procedures, informing the local health authorities; pass the test after completing the established self-isolation.
Children under six are always exempt from the test requirement, but must still self-isolate if necessary.
The above provisions are valid until October 25, 2021.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine recalled that, in addition to the above rules, the rules for the need to confirm the purpose of the trip, the place of stay, the availability of the necessary funds, the date of departure from Italy, etc., remain in force, which can be verified by the officers of the border police of Italy when entering the country. The final decision on permission to enter/refusal of entry is always made by the Italian border police (Polizia di Frontiera), the Foreign Ministry stressed.

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ANOTHER PLANE WITH UKRAINIANS DEPARTS FROM AFGHANISTAN

Another plane has departed from the airport of Kabul (Afghanistan) with more than 100 Ukrainian citizens on board.
The relevant statement was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba during the inaugural summit of the Crimea Platform in Kyiv on Monday.
“Now, while we are discussing the issue of Crimea, another Ukrainian plane took off from Kabul. There are more than 100 Ukrainian citizens on board,” Kuleba said.
On the morning of August 22, the Ukrainian military transport aircraft Il-76MD of the Ukrainian Air Force, which took off from the Afghan airport of Kabul the day before, arrived in Boryspil. On board there were 83 passengers, of whom 31 were citizens of Ukraine.

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NETHERLANDS OPENS ENTRANCE FOR UKRAINIANS

Since July 1, the Netherlands has opened an entrance for Ukrainians, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has said.
“We have just received confirmation that another EU country, the Netherlands, has opened for Ukrainians,” Kuleba said on his Twitter microblog.
According to him, fully vaccinated citizens of Ukraine can again travel freely within the visa-free travel.
Kuleba said the list of recognized vaccines and detailed conditions for entry are contained on the website https://tripadvisor.mfa.gov.ua/.
Earlier it was reported that Austria, from July 1, 2021, resumed entry into the country for Ukrainians for all types of travel.

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UKRAINIAN EMBASSY OPENS 24-HOUR HOTLINE FOR UKRAINIANS IN INDONESIA

The Ukrainian Embassy has opened a 24-hour hotline line to provide possible assistance to citizens of Ukraine in Indonesia, where a powerful earthquake occurred, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleh Nikolenko said.
“A powerful earthquake happened on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. To provide possible assistance to Ukrainian citizens, the Ukrainian embassy has opened a 24-hour hotline: +62 87 88 48 90 918. There is still no information about the injured Ukrainians,” Nikolenko wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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IT WILL BECOME POSSIBLE TO RESUME TREATMENT OF UKRAINIANS ABROAD AFTER CLINICS OPEN

It will become possible to resume treatment of Ukrainians abroad as soon as non-emergency care clinics open. All patients receive healthcare services at specialized clinics in Ukraine, Deputy Health Minister of Ukraine Iryna Mykychak told a press briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.
“There are patients who require medical services that are not available in Ukraine. This is, first of all, bone marrow transplant. The national budget provides for funds for treatment of such patients in foreign clinics. A standing commission, which makes decisions on referrals to treatment, is working. Currently foreign clinics are closed for non-emergency patients. As soon as they open, patients will be able to receive aid. Today they receive healthcare services at specialized clinics in Ukraine,” she said.

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