On March 29, a renovated consular department of the Ukrainian Embassy in the Republic of Turkey was opened in the Turkish capital of Ankara, QHA correspondent reports.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, who is on a visit to Turkey.
“Since 2016 the Embassy of Ukraine is trying to create comfortable conditions for citizens living here. First of all, it concerns the consular direction and the reduction of the burden and problem situations for our citizens who are trying to get some kind of consular assistance. To date, the consulate has completely renovated the consular department in order to make our citizens comfortable. The renovated consular department was solemnly opened today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, and everyone could see the modernization that was introduced in the department," First Secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey on consular affairs Vyacheslav Khomenko told QHA.
According to him, among the modernizations is online registration at the place of residence. Now every citizen at the place of residence can visit the site, fill in the necessary applications, get a full package of documents and make an online registration for a consular action, wherever they are in Turkey.
“As an example, we can mention the following remote regions - Gaziantep, Istanbul, Antalya, where people can get a full package of documents and some information on consular issues simply at home. In order that, having arrived here, they could completely solve their matters in 10 minutes,” Khomenko said.
The First Secretary of the Ukrainian embassy in Turkey on consular issues also said that first of all Ukrainians apply to the consulate on getting a passport, regarding the registration of children born in Turkey, foreign citizens to obtain visas for entry to Ukraine. According to him, this system will help both Ukrainians living in different regions of Turkey, as well as foreigners who can easily submit documents for obtaining a visa.
“As for the citizens of Turkey, they can also obtain a visa for work, study and other grounds provided for by law to enter Ukraine. Let me remind you that from June 1, 2017 for Turkish citizens there is an opportunity to enter Ukraine without visas, without using a foreign passport, but only if there is an ID-card," Khomenko said.
He said that in 2017, the embassy of Ukraine in Turkey made 6,500 consular actions. On average about 30 people apply to the embassy of Ukraine a day on various issues.
"In most cases, these are citizens of Ukraine who want to obtain passports for their children, as well as notarial documents for marriage registration in Turkey or for completion of procedures, such as residence permits," Khomenko said.
Earlier the same day in the framework of his visit to Turkey, Pavlo Klimkin visited the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Ankara.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister was accompanied by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Andrii Sybiha. They laid flowers to the mausoleum, after which the Head of the foreign policy department left a note in the book of honorable guests.
QHA journalists prepared a photo report about the visit of Klimkin to mausoleum of Atatürk.