Ukraine, Georgia sign deal to simplify travel rules

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KIEV, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — Ukraine and Georgia on Friday signed an agreement on the liberalization of travel rules, allowing their citizens to enter each other’s country using solely national identity cards (IDs), the Ukrainian government press service said.

The deal was signed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and his Georgian counterpart Mamuka Bakhtadze during a summit of the GUAM regional bloc in Moldova’s capital of Chisinau.

According to the agreement, citizens of Ukraine and Georgia holding valid electronic IDs could travel through each other’s territory without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days in a year.

The agreement is aimed at increasing business and tourism cooperation between the two countries.

In 1999, Ukraine and Georgia mutually adopted the visa-free policy for their international passport holders.

Last year, 111,981 Ukrainians traveled to Georgia, while Ukraine hosted 49,205 Georgian citizens.

The GUAM block incorporates Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova.

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