Visa policy of Ukraine

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Entry and exit passport stamps issued at Boryspil International Airport to a Czech citizen.

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]

Visa policy of Ukraine

Visa not required for indefinite stay[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.

Visa not required for limited stay[edit]

Holders of passports of the following 59 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.
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

Visa-free agreement were signed with  Saint Kitts and Nevis in September 2016[3] and  Albania in November 2016[4] and are yet to be ratified.

Visa on arrival[edit]

Holders of passports of the following 13 jurisdictions can enter Ukraine by obtaining a visa on arrival at Kyiv Boryspil Airport and Odessa International Airport (the latter only for Chinese citizens) for a stay up to 15 days:[5][6][7][8][9]

1 - must hold proof of sufficient funds on arrival
2 - available for tourism and business trip and related documents are required as proof

Invitation letter exemption[edit]

Nationals of the following countries are not required to provide an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa for Ukraine:[10]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Albania, 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.[12]

Electronic visas[edit]

In March 2015 it was announced that Ukraine would introduce electronic visas in the near future.[13]

Crimea[edit]

Crimea is under de facto Russian control and the visa policy of Russia applies.[14] Ukraine announced that foreigners should comply with Ukrainian visa regime including obtaining a Ukrainian visa if one is necessary and that otherwise it may entail sanctions for "support of the temporary occupation of the Ukrainian territory".[15]

Eastern Ukraine[edit]

Parts of Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk Oblast are under de facto control of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) 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. All those who arrive through checkpoints on Russia–Ukraine border not under Ukrainian control are not allowed to proceed further into Ukraine.[16][17]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Ukraine were from the following countries of nationality:[18]

Country 2015 2014
 Moldova 4,393,528 4,368,355
 Belarus 1,891,518 1,592,935
 Russia 1,231,035 2,362,982
 Poland 1,156,011 1,123,945
 Hungary 1,070,035 874,184
 Romania 763,228 584,774
 Slovakia 412,519 416,158
 Germany 154,498 131,244
 Israel 149,386 101,799
 Turkey 140,691 116,302
Total 12,428,286 12,711,507

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visa Information - Ukraine". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Visa requirements for foreigners entering Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
  3. ^ Ukraine, Saint Kitts and Nevis sign agreement on mutual abolition of visa requirements
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 567 on 1 June 2011 "On adoption of Regulation for processing of visas for entry to and transit through Ukraine" (as amended)
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 145 on 2 March 2016 "On amendment of Regulation for processing of visas for entry to and transit through Ukraine"
  8. ^ Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 482 on 23 September 2014 "On amendment of Regulation for processing of visas for entry to and transit through Ukraine"
  9. ^ Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 676 on 2016 "On issuing visas at border crossings through the state border in international airports “Borispol” and “Odessa” for citizens People's Republic of China, to enter in Ukraine for business or tourist purposes"
  10. ^ Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 567 dated June 1, 2011 "On adoption of Regulation for processing of visas for entry to and transit through Ukraine" (as amended)
  11. ^ a b c Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 145 dated March 2, 2016 "On amendment of Regulation for processing of visas for entry to and transit through Ukraine"
  12. ^ http://interfax.com.ua/news/political/362124.html
  13. ^ Ukraine to introduce electronic visas – foreign minister
  14. ^ Foreigners Now Need Russian Visa to Visit Crimea
  15. ^ Ukraine insists on right of issuing Crimean visa
  16. ^ Kiev declares passport control on border with rebel-held regions
  17. ^ Ukraine crisis: Kiev imposes passport control around rebel-held regions
  18. ^ Foreign citizens who visited Ukraine by countrie