The law on criminalization of illicit crossing of the state border was published in Voice of Ukraine

Закон о криминализации незаконного пересечения госграницы опубликовали в Голосе Украины

Officially published in the parliamentary newspaper “Voice of Ukraine” law No. 2599-VIII about the criminal liability for illegal crossing of the state border in some cases.

The document envisages deprivation of liberty for a term up to 3 years for crossing the state border with the purpose of causing harm to the interests of the state or a person who denied entry to the territory of Ukraine or the representatives of the armed forces or other law enforcement agencies of the aggressor state in any way outside of the checkpoints, or without necessary documents or with documents with false information.

If such violation is committed repeatedly or by a group of persons, the liability is harsher: imprisonment from 3 to 5 years. The most severe punishment provided for such violation with the use of weapons – imprisonment up to 8 years.

Note according to article 13 of the law “On legal status of foreigners and stateless persons” entry into Ukraine of a foreigner or person without citizenship can be denied on national security or public order; for the protection of health of citizens of Ukraine; when giving a person false information or forged documents. Also – if the person has violated the CBP rules of crossing the border or had not complied with the guards, if during the previous stay in Ukraine the foreigner has not complied with the court’s decision, or if the person illegally visited the occupied territory of the state.

Earlier, the Parliament increased the fines for illegal border crossing. From 29 April 2018 cross the border out of the checkpoint or forged documents subject to a fine from 3,400 to 8,500 hryvnias. Repeated violation during the year or a group of people – 8500-13 600 UAH. Deliberate entry into Ukraine by a foreigner, in spite of the prohibition, provides for a penalty from 1700 to 5100 UAH.

Violation of the order of entry in the temporarily occupied territory – 3400-5100 UAH, again a group of persons or in the course of the year – to 8500 UAH. But these penalties can apply only within three months from the date of discovery of the violation and not later than one year from the date of the offense.

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