14:28 Aug. 16, 2016
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.
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.