The Irish Embassy was opened in Ukraine. Ministry of Foreign Affairs hopes this will help simplify obtaining Irish visas
The Irish Embassy in Ukraine began operating in Kiev on June 8 - until now, diplomatic relations have been maintained through the Irish ambassador in Prague and at the level of honorary consulates. The Foreign Ministry hopes that this will simplify the conditions for the entry of Ukrainians into Ireland.
Oleg Nikolenko, the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told us about this.
The day before, on June 7, the ceremony of accepting copies of credentials from Mrs. Teresa Gili, the Irish Ambassador to Ukraine , took place . Together with Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar, she discussed Ukrainian-Irish relations, in particular, the visit of the Irish Foreign Minister to Ukraine.
“The embassy does not yet have its own building, the Irish diplomats are temporarily housed in the premises of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. The official opening of the premises of the Irish Embassy in Ukraine should take place before the end of this year, ”Nikolenko told us.
According to the Foreign Ministry spokesman, the Ukrainian side hopes that the opening of the Irish Embassy in Ukraine will "revive the political dialogue, bilateral trade and contacts between citizens."
In particular, Ukraine is working on simplifying the procedure for obtaining Irish visas for Ukrainian citizens. Currently, Ukrainian visa applications are being processed by the Irish Embassy in Moscow. Read more about the current procedure for obtaining an Irish visa for Ukrainian citizens here .
Since 2000, honorary consulates of both countries began to operate in Ireland and Kiev. The Ukrainian embassy in Ireland has been working for a long time, while until now in Ukraine the Irish ambassador worked part-time from Prague.
Kiev and Dublin reached an agreement in principle on the opening of the Irish embassy back in 2018. In May 2020, the Foreign Ministry reported that the Irish Embassy in Ukraine would appear before the end of the year.
Note that there is no information on the opening of the embassy on the website of the Irish Foreign Ministry .