Visa policy of Ukraine

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Visitors to Ukraine must obtain a visa from one of the Ukrainian diplomatic missions or online, unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa exemption[edit]

Holders of passports (or national ID cards, where allowed) of the following 82 jurisdictions can enter Ukraine without a visa for a stay up to the duration listed below. Some nationals are required to provide additional documents or proof of sufficient funds in order to be granted visa-free entry, depending on nationality.[2]

90 days

90 days within any 180 days

90 days within any 365 days

30 days

30 days within any 60 days

14 days

ID - May enter with a national ID card (in card format) if arriving directly from the country of nationality.
A - Must hold proof of sufficient funds on arrival.
B - Visa not required for service, tourist and private trips, provided that documents certifying the purpose of the trip (e.g tourist voucher or invitation letter) are presented to the Ukrainian immigration officer.
C - Very often, citizens of this country (mostly men of military age and sometimes suspicious-looking women) are denied entry for reasons of national security or without any explanation at all.
D - Temporary policy until 30 January 2023.

Ukraine has signed visa waiver agreements with  Mongolia on 8 November 2019[47] and  Indonesia on 29 June 2022,[48] but they have yet to be ratified.

Non-ordinary passports

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Venezuela and Vietnam and only diplomatic passports of India and Mexico do not require a visa for Ukraine.

Electronic visas[edit]

Ukraine introduced electronic visas on 4 April 2018.[49] Visas are valid for tourism and business purposes for 30 days and cost US$85.[50][51] From 1 January 2019, electronic visas will also be available for the 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.[51]

Starting November 1, 2020 visa cost will be reduced to US$20 for visa with single entry and US$30 for double-entry visa with decision within 3 business days. Urgent visa processing will be available for double visa fee (US$40/60) and decision within 1 business day.[52]

Nationalities eligible for e-Visas are as follows:[53]

Visa on arrival[edit]

The visa-on-arrival facility was terminated on 1 January 2019.[51] Previously, holders of passports of eligible countries could enter Ukraine by obtaining a visa on arrival at Kyiv Boryspil Airport, Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) and Odesa International Airport for a stay up to 15 days.[54][55][56]

Crimea[edit]

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea was annexed by Russian Federation after its military intervention of 2014.[57] 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. You may only legally enter Crimea from mainland Ukraine. Entrance into Crimea by any other entry point other than from mainland Ukraine, such as air, sea, or the Kerch Strait Bridge is illegal. You will be denied entry into mainland Ukraine and banned from entering Ukraine for five years. Time spent in Crimea will count against the 90 day visa-free period.[58]

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 an 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 parts of the Russia–Ukraine border are against the law, and visitors will not be able to proceed further into Ukraine.[59] Entering Ukraine through the area of armed conflict is a violation of Ukrainian law. U.S. citizens who enter Ukraine illegally through the area of armed conflict along the Russian border will not be allowed to pass through government checkpoints to territory controlled by the government of Ukraine. Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) procedures at entry/exit points require that permit applications be submitted and approved electronically prior to travel in the zone of armed conflict. Foreigners who enter Ukraine from Russia through a separatist-controlled checkpoint at Donetsk or Luhansk won't be allowed through any government-controlled checkpoints that follow.

Fingerprinting[edit]

Countries required to go through biometric checks (in green)

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, Eswatini, 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 Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.[60]

Visa policy towards citizens of the Russian Federation[edit]

Since 1 July 2022, Ukraine has introduced a unilateral full-fledged visa regime with Russia;[45][46] however, Russia has not yet introduced a visa regime with Ukraine. Since the diplomatic missions of Ukraine (embassies, general and honorary consulates, ordinary consulates) in Russian cities were closed after the rupture of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Russia on the initiative of Ukraine, Russian citizens living in Russia must apply to commercial visa centers that will operate only in a few Russian cities to obtain a Ukrainian visa. Those Russian citizens who are outside of Russia should apply for a visa at one of the diplomatic missions of Ukraine in other countries of the world.[45][46]

The Ukrainian and Russian services of Radio Liberty found out that even obtaining a Ukrainian visa by a Russian citizen does not guarantee and does not mean his admission to the territory of Ukraine. Ukrainian border guards are ordered to leave admission or refusal of entry at their discretion (if a person seems suspicious to him or if he cannot answer the border guard's questions reliably) even to holders of a valid Ukrainian visa.

Future plans[edit]

 Ukraine and  China are preparing visa waiver agreement.[66]

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 Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Ukraine were from the following countries of nationality:[67]

Nationality 2006 2007 2008 2009
 Russia 6,429,264 Increase 7,258,222 Increase 7,638,202 Decrease 6,964,435
 Poland 3,979,453 Increase 4,430,140 Increase 5,242,980 Decrease 2,546,132
 Moldova 3,056,433 Increase 3,998,674 Increase 4,418,821 Decrease 4,339,138
 Belarus 2,127,250 Increase 2,918,694 Increase 3,407,064 Decrease 2,984,672
 Hungary 1,159,711 Increase 1,251,724 Decrease 1,033,376 Decrease 814,790
 Slovakia 506,045 Increase 664,605 Increase 644,918 Decrease 537,511
 Romania 349,094 Increase 1,010,065 Increase 1,440,466 Decrease 1,077,299
 Germany 215,437 Increase 325,479 Decrease 231,632 Decrease 213,995
 United States 113,507 Increase 132,376 Decrease 128,122 Decrease 123,001
 Italy 63,337 Increase 77,054 Decrease 70,625 Increase 73,737
 Turkey 61,892 Increase 79,856 Decrease 79,438 Decrease 60,078
 Azerbaijan 59,628 Increase 71,112 Increase 80,350 Decrease 66,996
 United Kingdom 56,662 Increase 66,132 Increase 68,709 Decrease 66,851
 Israel 53,032 Increase 58,932 Increase 90,353 Decrease 68,303
 Lithuania 46,624 Increase 52,645 Increase 56,991 Decrease 48,314
 Uzbekistan 45,632 Increase 78,074 Increase 86,874 Increase 96,341
 Czechia 45,548 Increase 50,415 Decrease 43,959 Increase 46,646
 Armenia 43,561 Increase 57,995 Decrease 56,050 Decrease 53,373
 France 42,840 Increase 48,160 Increase 50,403 Decrease 49,810
 Georgia 40,240 Increase 50,472 Increase 53,544 Decrease 40,544
 Kazakhstan 36,163 Increase 54,629 Decrease 48,565 Decrease 43,524
 Latvia 33,582 Increase 39,773 Increase 44,737 Decrease 35,555
 Austria 25,765 Increase 31,623 Decrease 30,044 Decrease 27,218
 Netherlands 24,886 Increase 28,019 Increase 30,305 Increase 31,548
 Canada 23,795 Increase 28,485 Increase 28,855 Increase 31,372
Earth Day Flag.png Statelessness 17,845 Increase 24,747 Decrease 23,531 Decrease 18,716
 Estonia 17,361 Increase 19,997 Increase 21,094 Decrease 16,016
 Bulgaria 15,885 Increase 16,674 Increase 24,588 Increase 25,102
 China 15,458 Increase 17,160 Decrease 16,574 Decrease 16,137
 Greece 14,827 Increase 16,107 Increase 18,156 Decrease 16,377
 Sweden 13,926 Increase 15,865 Increase 16,992 Decrease 16,050
 Spain 12,589 Increase 13,669 Increase 14,135 Decrease 13,453
 Switzerland 12,533 Increase 13,243 Increase 13,878 Decrease 13,266
 Serbia 12,281 Decrease 10,011 Decrease 5,203 Decrease 5,065
 Tajikistan 11,747 Increase 25,149 Increase 29,875 Decrease 29,463
 Belgium 10,323 Increase 11,741 Increase 12,913 Increase 13,455
 Denmark 9,655 Increase 10,605 Increase 10,996 Increase 12,697
 Kyrgyzstan 7,351 Increase 11,122 Increase 19,859 Increase 20,520
 Japan 6,833 Increase 6,903 Decrease 6,437 Decrease 5,439
 India 6,821 Increase 7,370 Decrease 7,262 Increase 8,183
 Norway 6,689 Increase 8,142 Increase 8,892 Increase 10,712
 Iran 6,584 Increase 7,483 Increase 7,698 Increase 8,883
 Finland 6,404 Increase 7,801 Increase 8,298 Decrease 7,992
 Australia 5,412 Increase 6,784 Decrease 5,277 Decrease 5,224
 Slovenia 4,847 Increase 6,527 Increase 7,570 Decrease 5,499
 Syria 4,692 Increase 6,653 Decrease 6,084 Decrease 5,290
 Ireland 4,635 Increase 4,830 Increase 5,091 Decrease 4,951
 Jordan 4,390 Increase 5,162 Decrease 3,613 Increase 5,221
 South Korea 3,809 Increase 5,151 Increase 5,985 Decrease 5,374
 Turkmenistan 3,475 Decrease 3,374 Increase 6,039 Increase 7,631
Other countries 58,472 Increase 69,598 Decrease 60,5982 Increase 69,094
Total 18,935,775 Increase 23,122,157 Increase 25,449,078 Decrease 20,798,342

See also[edit]

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