: Long lines at Ukraine-Poland border crossing points

14:28 Aug. 16, 2016

Long lines at Ukraine-Poland border crossing points

Cars are waiting at Rava-Ruska checkpoint (Source: UNIAN Photo)

Almost 1,800 cars waiting to cross the border – Ukraine's State Border Service 

Today, on August 16, a great number of cars are staying at the Ukrainian-Polish border checkpoints in the direction to Poland. Ukraine's State Border service press-release reads there are 1,760 cars in lines. The majority of travelers are participants of local border traffic.

The reason for a rapid increase of car queues is the end of national holidays in Poland as well as Ukrainian legislation.

Under it, drivers that have cars with foreign registration must cross a border every five days in order to prolong permit to travel around the country. Drivers do not register cars to avoid paying taxes. 

Read more: Poland says 'not yet time' to restore border traffic with Russia

As of Tuesday morning, the situation with lines is the following:

"Krakovets" checkpoint – 400 cars;
"Rava-Ruska" – 350;
"Yahodyn" – 300;
"Uhryniv" – 210;
"Shehyni" – 160;
"Hrushiv" – 150;
"Ustyluh" – 120;
"Smilnytsia" – 70.

The Border Service says they are taking all measures possible to ensure comfortable, secure and fast border crossing.

On August 9, 650 drivers were waiting in lines at Ukraine-Poland border. 

Poland restored local border traffic on August 3. It was suspended during a month because of security concerns. Warsaw strengthened its border control on July 3rd, before NATO summit and World Youth Days, that took place in the country. 

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