I'm a citizen of Ukraine. Last December I've made a mistake and tried to travel with two connections, both in EU, in a row. I wanted to fly from Africa to Paris then connect to a flight to other EU country and finally to Ukraine.

When I arrived to Paris, it turned out that I needed a Schengen visa to make that double connection and what I did is considered an attempt to enter Schengen area without visa. I was refused entry and transported to Ukraine straight from Paris.

Now that Ukrainian citizens don't require visas to enter Schengen, will I have issues trying to travel to EU?


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You can most likely enter. A ban is distinct from a mere entry refusal and would only be imposed if you did something serious like using a forged passport, lying to get a visa or working illegally (although there are differences between countries in exactly how serious an infringement needs to be to warrant a ban). Unless you were told you have also been banned from entry (and for how long), there is no reason to believe you have been banned. And unless there is such a ban, a prior refusal does not formally prevent border guards from granting entry if they are satisfied that you now fulfil the requirements.

At the moment, the previous incident wouldn't even be recorded in any Schengen-wide database but you might however get questioned, e.g. based on the stamps on your passport. If that happens, additional documentation (bookings, proof of financial means, etc.) could come in handy. You don't need a visa anymore but, like all visitors from outside the EU, you have to fulfil most of the same requirements (except travel health insurance). Border guards rarely check them systematically for people who don't need a visa but they are legally entitled to and may very well refuse entry based on that.

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    Except travel health insurance. That's not true, all visitors must be insured when traveling in the Schengen area.
    – ach
    Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 8:33
  • @ach On what basis?
    – Relaxed
    Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 9:36
  • @ach I assume by "visitors" you mean non Schengen/EU citizens. Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 20:52
  • @ach source to this claim?
    – user4188
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 20:58
  • Sorry everyone, I was wrong. My presumption was that, since it is impossible to conceive any logical relationship between needing a visa and needing a health insurance, binding the two requirements would be a pure case of discrimination based on nationality. So, my thought was, the EC would never do that, and that there ought to be some paragraph somewhere in laws and by-laws which says that everyone non-EU/EEA needs health insurance. But it seems that I was wrong.
    – ach
    Commented Sep 13, 2017 at 7:48

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