Visa policy of Ukraine

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Ukraine visa with entry and exit stamps, inside a Singaporean passport.

Visitors to Ukraine must obtain a visa from one of the Ukrainian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose nationals may obtain a visa on arrival.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

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Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 5 countries can enter Ukraine without a visa for an indefinite stay.[2]

1 - must hold proof of sufficient funds on arrival.

Holders of passports of the following 64 jurisdictions can enter Ukraine without a visa for a stay up to 90 days within any 180 day period, except where otherwise noted.[2]

1 - up to 90 days within any 365 day period.
2 - up to 30 days within any 60 day period.
3 - up to 14 days.
ID - May enter with a machine-readable ID card
A - must hold proof of sufficient funds on arrival.
B - visa not required for service, tourist and private trips on conditions that documents certifying the purpose of the trip are provided.

A visa waiver agreement was signed with  Uruguay on 26 September 2018[45] and is not yet ratified.

An agreement on visa-free travel with ID-cards was signed with  Georgia but it is not yet ratified.[46]

The Ukrainian Government has instructed the Foreign Ministry to sign an agreement on visa waiver with Colombia,[47] Macedonia (a reciprocal visa waiver)[48] and Peru.[49]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Visas on arrival will be cancelled from 1 January 2019.[50]

Holders of passports of the following 33 jurisdictions can enter Ukraine by obtaining a visa on arrival at Kyiv Boryspil Airport, Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) and Odessa International Airport for a stay up to 15 days:[51][52][53]

For visa on arrival, visitors will need to provide one of the following documents: invitation or documents confirming tourist character of a trip or document confirming implementation of investments.

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Cambodia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Laos, Morocco, Peru, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam and only diplomatic passports of India and Mexico do not require a visa for Ukraine.

Visa-free agreement for diplomatic and service passport signed with  Indonesia but not ratified yet.[54]

Electronic visas[edit]

Ukraine introduced electronic visas from 4 April 2018.[55] Visas are valid for tourism and business purposes for 30 days and cost 65 US dollars (85 US$ from 1 Jan 2019).[56] From 1 January 2019 electronic visas will be available for following purposes: treatment, activities in the field of culture, science, education, sports, in order to perform official duties of a foreign correspondent or representative of a foreign media.[57]

Nationalities eligible for E-Visas are as follows:[58]

Crimea[edit]

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea was annexed by Russian Federation after its military intervention of 2014.[59] On 4 June 2015 the Government of Ukraine has adopted the resolution No. 367 "About the statement of the Order of entrance on temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from the territory". According to the document, entrance of foreigners and persons without citizenship on temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from the territory is carried out through checkpoints according to passport documents and the special permission given by territorial authority, which, however, is not issued to regular visitors. Hence, most foreigners can only enter Crimea from Russia, whereby no border control is carried out and no trace of the entry left in the person's passport. Nevertheless, if somehow discovered doing this, such as by trying to enter "mainland" Ukraine from Crimea, Ukrainian law provides that tourists having entered Crimea from Russia can face an entry ban and/or imprisonment.[60][61]

Donetsk and Luhansk regions[edit]

Parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are under de facto control of pro-Russian paramilitary forces, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic. These parts of country are declared Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone. In November 2014, the Government of Ukraine imposed passport control on all persons entering or leaving this territory. Ukrainian citizens have to show their passports while foreigners also have to explain the purpose of their visit. Arrival through checkpoints on uncontrolled part of Russia–Ukraine border are against law, visitors will not be able to proceed further into Ukraine.[62][63]

Fingerprinting[edit]

Ukraine introduced biometric control (fingerprints, digital photo) at border crossings for nationals of the following 70 countries on 1 January 2018: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, DR Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.[64]

Reciprocity[edit]

Ukrainian citizens can enter most of the countries whose citizens are granted visa-free access to Ukraine without a visa but they require a visa for Canada, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Ukraine were from the following countries of nationality:[65]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Visa requirements for foreigners entering Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
  3. ^ Without a voucher until 15 Mar 2019 [1]
  4. ^ Agreement between the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Government of the Mongolian people's Republic on terms of mutual visa-free trips of citizens
  5. ^ About establishment of a visa-free regime for citizens of the United States of America (in Ukrainian)
  6. ^ About establishment of a visa-free regime for citizens of Canada
  7. ^ About establishment of a visa-free regime for citizens of Japan (in Ukrainian)
  8. ^ About establishment of a visa-free regime for citizens of member states of the European Union, the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein (in Ukrainian)
  9. ^ About establishment of a visa-free regime for citizens of the Principality of Andorra, State city of Vatican, Republic Iceland, Principality of Monaco, Kingdom of Norway and Republic of San Marino (in Ukrainian)
  10. ^ Under the Agreement (exchange of notes) between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Korea on the abolition of payment of visas for citizens of the two countries and visa-free entry citizens of the Republic of Korea in Ukraine for up to 90 days on 25 May 2006
  11. ^ About addition of the appendix 4 to Rules of entrance of foreigners and persons without citizenship to Ukraine, their departure from Ukraine and transit through her territory (in Ukrainian)
  12. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ukraine and Government of the Republic of Paraguay on visa abolition
  13. ^ Previous visa-free agreement was applied in period 1990-2010 (was signed between USSR and Yugoslavia).
  14. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia on the conditions of mutual trips of citizens (in Ukrainian)
  15. ^ About temporary introduction of a visa-free regime for citizens of the Republic of Macedonia from 15 August 2012 to 15 March 2013 (in Ukrainian)
  16. ^ About temporary introduction of a visa-free regime for citizens of the Republic of Macedonia from 16 March 2013 to 15 March 2015
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ukraine and Government of Montenegro on mutual trips of citizens (in Ukrainian)
  19. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the government of the Special Administrative Hong Kong People's Republic Of China on mutual abolition of visa requirements (in Ukrainian)
  20. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ukraine and the Government The State of Israel about refusal of visa requirements for persons who use passports of the citizen or service passports of Ukraine but State of Israel (in Ukrainian)
  21. ^ Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and Government of the Argentine Republic on visa abolition (in Ukrainian)
  22. ^ Agreement (in the form of exchange of notes) between the Cabinet of Ukraine and the Government To its Majesty of Sultan and Young D_-Pertuana to Brunei To Darussalam about mutual visa abolition for citizens, what use passports for trip abroad (in Ukrainian)
  23. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ukraine and Council of ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on conditions of mutual trips of citizens (in Ukrainian)
  24. ^ Previous visa-free agreement under different terms was applied in period 1990-2011 (was signed between USSR and Yugoslavia).
  25. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic Serbia on refusal of visa requirements for citizens (in Ukrainian)
  26. ^ [3]
  27. ^ About establishment of a visa-free regime for citizens of the Republic of Croatia (in Ukrainian)
  28. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Turkish Republic on conditions of mutual trips of citizens (in Ukrainian)
  29. ^ Agreement between the Cabinet of Ukraine and Government of the Republic of Panama on visa abolition (in Ukrainian)
  30. ^ Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and Government of the Republic of Chile on conditions of mutual trips of citizens (in Ukrainian)
  31. ^ [4]
  32. ^ [5]
  33. ^ [6]
  34. ^ [7]
  35. ^ https://mfa.gov.ua/ua/news-feeds/consular-news-feed/67898-2-listopada-2018-roku-nabiraje-chinnosti-ugoda-mizh-kabinetom-ministriv-ukrajini-ta-uryadom-derzhavi-katar-pro-vzajemne-skasuvannya-vizovih-vimog-vchinena-20-bereznya-2018-roku-u-m-doha
  36. ^ Was applied under the Agreement between USSR and Vietnam on 15 July 1981
    Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on mutual visa-free trips of citizens on 21 October 1993
  37. ^ Was applied under the Agreement between USSR and Cuba on 10 January 1985
    Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Cuba about conditions of mutual trips of citizens on 20 May 1995
  38. ^ [8]
  39. ^ [9]
  40. ^ [10]
  41. ^ Was applied under the Agreement between USSR and Yugoslavia on 31 October 1989
    Agreement on mutual travel of citizens between Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 2002 (in the form of an exchange of notes)
  42. ^ The agreement was concluded between the USSR and North Korea in 1986. The terms of the agreement allowed visa-free entry for group and individual trips with a tourist document. Tourist documents define the national tourism organizations. After the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine and North Korea have not determined the form of the tourist document for visa-free travel. This visa-free regime has not been applied for citizens of Ukraine with ordinary passports from 1991. Ukraine denounced the agreement in 2016.
  43. ^ [11]
  44. ^ Diplomatic note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
  45. ^ [12]
  46. ^ https://golos.ua/i/640154
  47. ^ [13]
  48. ^ [14]
  49. ^ [15]
  50. ^ https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/pro-vnesennya-zmin-do-pravil-oformlennya-viz-dlya-vyizdu-v-ukrayinu-i-tranzitnogo-proyizdu-cherez-yiyi-teritoriyu
  51. ^ http://mfa.gov.ua/ua/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-boryspil
  52. ^ [16]
  53. ^ "Holders of the Macao Special Administrative Region Passport are granted visa-on-arrival entry to Ukraine" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  54. ^ http://interfax.com.ua/news/political/362124.html
  55. ^ [17]
  56. ^ http://mfa.gov.ua/en/press-center/news/63950-konsulysyka-sluzhba-mzs-rozpochinaje-oformlennya-jelektronnih-viz-dlya-vjizdu-v-ukrajinu
  57. ^ https://www.kmu.gov.ua/storage/app/uploads/public/5be/d9d/684/5bed9d68483a9068954391.doc
  58. ^ eVisa Ukraine
  59. ^ Foreigners Now Need Russian Visa to Visit Crimea
  60. ^ [18]
  61. ^ [19]
  62. ^ Kiev declares passport control on border with rebel-held regions
  63. ^ Ukraine crisis: Kiev imposes passport control around rebel-held regions
  64. ^ [20]
  65. ^ Foreign citizens who visited Ukraine by countrie

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