Service citizenship and immigration USA (or migration service) at the Paris international airport «Roissy-Charles De Gaulle» cancelled the visa the tourist group of citizens of Ukraine of 22 persons. All the explanations Ukrainians can get in the US Embassy in Kiev personally. About it on February 26, 2016 told the Consul of the Embassy of Ukraine in the French Republic Nikolai Sobko, reports «UKRINFORM».
«It is true that Ukrainians yesterday cancelled American visa. It was a tour group of 22 people, including three children aged 2, 12 and 16 years. They were sent a transit flight through Paris to Miami to travel on a cruise ship. According to current U.S. standards, at the airport «Roissy — Charles de Gaulle» all passengers checks the migration service of the United States. Its Federal employee explained to us that visas for this group have been cancelled and therefore the people had to go back to Kiev», — said Ukrainian diplomat.
According to him, six of 22 people including year-old child, were Schengen visas. «Therefore, after French police and the airline reissued the tickets for the next flights to Kiev today, they were given new passports and tickets, and they took advantage of the opportunity and at his own expense and spent the night in a hotel near the airport. Today at 9:45 p.m. local time, they left for Kiev», — said the Ukrainian Consul.
The rest of the Ukrainian citizens that had no Schengen visas, were forced to spend the night in the transit area of the airport.
«Given the fact that France has a state of emergency and imposed unprecedented security measures, we were not able to negotiate with the French side on permission to leave the transit area and overnight at the hotel. This is not possible. These people were divided into two groups today and will be sent to Kiev at 19:30,» — said the diplomat.
Answering specifying question, whether it was possible to influence the situation from the Embassy of Ukraine in France, the Consul noted that even American diplomats, accredited in France, does not have any influence on the decisions of the migration service of the United States. «According to the representative of Federal migratory service of the USA, if the person who cancelled the visa, wish to seek clarification, they each must personally contact the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. Everyone will be given a corresponding comment on the reasons for cancellation of visa. This is confidential information,» said Sobko.
According to rough estimates, the losses of Ukrainian tourists from this unexpected step are quite significant, ranging from 4-6 thousand dollars per person.
According to one of the tourists, almost all of them had visa for 10 years and can’t understand how this could happen. All people obtain visas at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev.
As it became known on 26 February, the European Commission will submit to the Council of the EU legislative initiative on the abolition of visas for Georgia next week, the filing of such an initiative in relation to Ukraine has been postponed.
Note that this is the first time after 1 July 2005, Ukraine abolished visas for citizens of the USA.
The U.S. revoked visas for 22 Ukrainian tourists. Without any explanation they were not allowed on the plane in Paris 26.02.2016