May 23, 2024, 12:44

State Border Guard Service reports increased passenger traffic leaving Ukraine last week

Last week saw a rise in passenger traffic departing Ukraine. This rapid growth is partly attributed to the end of the Easter festivities.

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

“Last week, there was a noticeable uptick in passenger traffic, particularly among those from Ukraine. There was speculation that this surge was due to new regulations effective May 18. However, the increase is actually linked to the conclusion of the Easter holidays. Before Easter, the passenger flow was higher for entries into Ukraine. Post-Easter, we observed a spike in departures. Now, traffic has stabilized at about 85,000 people per day, down from peaks of 100,000,” Demchenko stated.

Demchenko noted that currently, there is no significant preference for leaving Ukraine, and on some days, more people are entering than exiting. “At the moment, we don’t see a preference for departures. Some days, more people enter Ukraine, and other days, more leave. On average, it’s a 50-50 split between entry and exit,” he added.

He also highlighted that the proportion of men crossing the border remains low.

“Men are only permitted to cross the border if they meet specific criteria. As such, both before and now, men are not the predominant group leaving Ukraine. The majority of those crossing the border are women, the elderly, and foreigners,” Demchenko explained.

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