May 2, 2024, 14:27

Mobilization law: Some citizen categories could see border crossing rule changes

The border crossing regulations could undergo modifications as outlined in the mobilization law, scheduled to take effect on May 18th.

Andrii Demchenko, spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, speaking during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“The legislation mandates the government to align its regulations with the mobilization law soon, with the law taking effect on May 18. So, we might see amendments to the rules for crossing the border. I can’t say exactly what they’ll entail. However, considering the recent changes to Article 23 of the Law of Ukraine ‘On Mobilization and Mobilization Preparation,’ which now includes conscription deferral conditions, we anticipate some, albeit not drastic, alterations to border crossing regulations,” he noted.

Andrii Demchenko elaborated on how, under the current regulations, citizens with various criteria, including temporary deferral from conscription for military service on mobilization and reserved persons, are permitted to cross the border.

“Currently, even under the existing regulations, individuals meeting specific criteria, such as those deferred from military service, are allowed to cross the border. This includes parents with three or more children under 18, who still qualify for military deferment as outlined in the rules.

Additionally, reserved employees liable for military service are allowed to cross the border, provided they have a corresponding order from the Ministry of Economy and are traveling for business or vacation with the requisite documents,” he noted.

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