Mode of entry to Ukraine for foreigners
Information about the mode of entry for foreigners to Ukraine can be found at: http://bit.ly/1oqbybZ
Mode of entry for foreigners and stateless persons to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine
Foreigners and stateless persons may enter the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol of Ukraine in accordance with the Law and international Treaties of Ukraine.
The Law of Ukraine "On protection of rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime for the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine", as amended on 06.09.2014, regulates a procedure for entry of persons into the temporarily occupied territory and the departure from it.
According to Article 10 of the Law the citizens of Ukraine have the right to a free and unimpeded access to the temporarily occupied territories and the departure from it through the control points of entry and exit upon presentation of a document confirming the identity and citizenship of Ukraine.
However, the entry of foreigners and stateless persons to the temporarily occupied territory and the departure from it is allowed only by special permission through the control points of entry and exit.
As of today, the relevant draft of Regulations on entry-exit procedure of foreigners and stateless persons to the temporarily occupied territory, developed by the Border Control Administration, is on the approval with the concerned Ministers.
Thus, the foreigners from countries with visa entry regime, have to apply to the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Ukraine abroad for obtaining a Ukrainian visa.
Foreigners from countries with visa-free entry regime, may enter the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol of Ukraine only if crossing the border at border crossing points across the state border of Ukraine with putting relevant stamps into their passport documents or immigration cards.
However, it is important to know that:
- Violation of the order of entry into the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the departure from it for the purpose of harming the interests of the state is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years or imprisonment for the same term, with confiscation of vehicles. The same acts committed repeatedly or by prior conspiracy, or by an official through abuse of office shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term of three to five years with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to three years and forfeiture vehicle. The above-mentioned acts committed by an organized group shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term from five to eight years.
- Violation of the order of entry into the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the departure from it punishable by a fine from one hundred till three hundred tax-free minimum incomes, or by an administrative arrest for up to fifteen days.
- Entry into Ukraine is not allowed for foreigners or stateless persons:
a. If a person attempts to enter the temporarily occupied territory through the control points of entry - exit without a special permission;
b. Foreigners and stateless persons who arrived to the control points of entry - exit from the temporarily occupied territory without permission, may not travel farther and in the shortest time they should be returned to the temporarily occupied territory from which they came, or to a state that issued a passport.
The passport document of the above mentioned foreigners and stateless persons will be stamped to indicate the prohibition of entry to Ukraine.
Transit of foreigners and stateless persons through the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine is prohibited.
Legal regime, stipulated by this Law, will operate until the restoration of the constitutional order of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territory.
General provision (How, When and Where to Apply)
At the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine applications are accepted in person between 9 AM and 12 PM from Monday to Friday.
Be advised that the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine does NOT offer 1 (one) business day visa processing. We offer up to 30 business day for regular visa processing and rush processing for up to 15 days.
It is advisable to apply for a visa not less than two month prior to your prospective departure date. When an application is submitted in person, a numbered receipt (a pick-up slip) is issued to the submitter. This receipt should be presented at the Embassy when the visa is claimed.
For applicants' convenience and faster service, documents may be submitted by mail. A self-addressed prepaid envelope is required for a return service. Please provide United States Postal Service Express or Priority Mail envelopes only. Due to too many falsified account numbers or Federal Express air bill no credit card account numbers or federal account numbers will be accepted, only prepaid pre addressed air bills.
In case of need, a Consular officer may request additional documents that would in a better way specify or support the purpose of the alien's trip or invite a certain person for an additional interview.
Visa processing starts only after we have registered your application and collected all necessary documents. A drop-off day is not counted as a business day.
FOR ALL VISAS THE FOLLOWING MUST BE SUBMITTED:
1. A national passport, valid for at least one month after the expiration date of the requested visa and having at least one blank visa designated pages;
2. One Visa Application form (you will need Acrobat Reader to view or print these forms) per each passport holder - answered completely and legibly typed or printed in ink in block letters, dated and personally signed by the applicant aged 16 or over or by a parent or a legal guardian of the applicant under 16.
3. One photo - recent, passport-sized, resembling applicant's travel document photo.
4. Together with all items listed above the following documents, each hereinafter referred to as "the supporting document", related to the purpose of entry, must be submitted in support of the Application for: Business Visa, Visa for Religious Mission, Visa for Humanitarian Mission, Visa for Members of Rescue Services, Student Visa, Visa for Mass Media Staff, Private Visa, Tourist Visa, Transit Visa, Immigration Visa, Visa for International Transport Service Staff, Cultural Visa, Scientific Visa.
Please note:The Consular office has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. The latter is hereby informed that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of the visa.
FOR NON US CITIZENS (VISA HOLDERS and RESIDENTS) : Sample of an Invitation letter, approved by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (downloadable)
Attention of stateless individuals!
Starting from June 1, 2013 all stateless persons planning to apply for the Ukrainian visa have to visit the Embassy of Ukraine to the U.S. in person for the interview.
ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS: You need a valid passport to enter Ukraine. If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need to have a Ukrainian visa as long as you will be in Ukraine for fewer than 90 days within a 180-day period. You need a visa or valid Ukrainian residency permit for all stays longer than 90 days. You cannot get a Ukrainian visa at the airport or at the border. If you need a visa, please get it in advance at a Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate.
Check your visa carefully so that you know the validity period. You are responsible for knowing the rules for the type of visa you have. Sometimes U.S. citizens try to come to Ukraine before their visa allows. Remember, in Ukraine the date is written day-month-year. If you come to Ukraine before your visa allows, you can be stopped at the border, not allowed to enter Ukraine, and required to return to your point of origin at your own expense.
ACCORDING TO THE NEW VISA REGULATION PROCEDURE ENTERED INTO THE FORCE SEPTEMBER 10, 2011:
Introduces three classes of visas for US citizens:
1. Transit visa (VB), which will allow transit through the territory of Ukraine within the period of 5 days. Travellers can apply for one entry, two entries, as well as multiple entries within the period of one year.
2. Short-term visa (VC), non- petition based of visas, which will allow stay in Ukraine for less than 90 days within 180 days starting from the first entry to Ukraine. This visa will be issued as a one-entry, two-entries and multiple-entries valid for the period of up to 5 years.
3. Long-term one-entry visa (VD), petition-based of visas, which could be issued for applicants entering Ukraine with the purpose of obtaining documents permitting stay in Ukraine for the period of longer than 90 days. Within 45 days from the moment of entry to Ukraine a holder of long-term one-entry visa should legalize his status in Ukraine (apply to relevant authorities in Ukraine for a permanent/temporary residence permit or special stamp to the passport).
What kind of document should be a ground for this type of visa?
Visa for another country if it is required or air ticket
Confirmation of international transit person or goods.
Valid license on international freight.
Valid for NON-US citizens (check the visa-free regime section) and the US citizens who have already used 90-days visa free-regime within 180 days.
Be advised that NON-US citizen have to present the US Permanent Residence Card of valid US visa.
What kind of document should be a ground for this type of visa?
Original letter of invitation approved by the relevant offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
Original touristic voucher which can be arranged by Ukrainian relevant touristic agency. During entering in Ukraine a hard copy of touristic voucher have to be presented together with the passport and touristic visa to Ukrainian Border Protection Officer.
Original Letter of Invitation from Ukrainian ministries or other state or governmental bodies.
Agreement on international freight as well as a valid license on international freight.
Original Letter of Invitation from Ukrainian hospital.
Document which confirmed the registration of investment to the economy of Ukraine (no less than 50 000 USD).
Letter from the Commission on the humanitarian relief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukrainian for individuals who will provide a Humanitarian relief.
Original letter of invitation from Ukrainian Church as well as a document which will confirm the state registration of the Church.
Original letter from top-official of the foreign mass-media on visa for journalist who will care his duties in Ukraine.
Original letter from foreign state or governmental bodies as well as international organization.
Originally was born in Ukraine
The document of foreign Ukrainians (Posvidchennia Zakordonnogo Ukraica ) or Certificate of birth in the territory of Ukraine.
Employment authorization document - (DOZVIL NA PRATSEVLASHTUVANNIA) in the name of the applicant issued by the Ukrainian State Center of Employment and obtained for him/her in advance by the employer in Ukraine.
Copy of the Permission to immigrate in Ukraine arranged by the state Ukrainian Immigration Service.
To obtain Ukraine’s entrance visa (student visa) it is necessary to submit to the Embassy the documents as follows:
- a passport;
- an original letter of invitation to study;
- an education certificate along with grades (an original and notarized translation into the Ukrainian or Russian language);
- a birth certificate (an original and notarized translation into the Ukrainian or Russian language);
- a medical certificate, certified by an official health authority of a foreign country and issued no later than two months before leaving for Ukraine to study.
All the above mentioned documents have to be witnessed (apostilled) in accordance with para 6 of the Act of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #1238 of August 05th, 1998.
Foreign students that have obtained a visa to Ukraine have to notify the education facility (that issued an invitation to them) about their arrival date and flight information to help arrange their meeting at an airport.
International technical assistance
Original letter of Invitation from Ukrainian state organization which is a recipient of International technical assistance as well as the confirmation of registration of the International technical assistance project.
An original letter of invitation from a Ukrainian religious organization for a foreign missionary must contain or be accompanied by a written confirmation under the signature and seal of a responsible official of the Ministry of Culrture of Ukraine on Religious Matters or of the department on religious matters of a regional or city administration depending on where the sponsoring organization is registered.
Branch of foreign company
Original letter of Invitation from the branch of foreign company as well as the confirmation from the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine about the registration of the branch of foreign company.
Branch of foreign bank
Original letter of Invitation from the branch of foreign bank as well as the confirmation from the National Bank of Ukraine about the registration of the branch of foreign bank.
Original letter from foreign mass-media which have to be confirmed by Ukrainian Committee on Television and Radio
Cultural and Sport Exchange, Volunteer
Original letter of Invitation from Ukrainian Governmental bodies which are responsible for cultural, scientific, educational and volunteer programs in which the foreigner has to participate or the Letter from volunteer organization registered in Ukraine.
Reunion of Family
Certificate of Marriage with the citizen of Ukraine.
Document of the person who is a relative of the foreign citizen, the holder of Ukrainian Permanent/Temporary Card as well as a copy of Permanent/Temporary Card.
Special Attention for the Fulbright Program Members
The member of the above-mentioned Program has to present a copy of the Registration Card of the International Technical Assistance Project in Ukraine (issued by the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine) and the Letter-Invitation from the beneficiary Ministry of Ukraine.
For exampleif the beneficiary Ministry of the International Technical Assistance Project in Ukraine is the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine the Applicant have to present a Letter – Invitation from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
According to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine # 567 dated 01 June, 2011 such category of Applicants will receive a Long-term visa (D type) up to 45 days. The visa has to be issued on free of charge regime.
During 45 days the beneficiary Ministry in Ukraine will arrange a Permanent/Temporary Residence Card which will allow staying and entering in Ukraine without visas.
To stay and live in Ukraine together with family the members of the Program have to receive a Permanent/Temporary Residence Card, send a copy of this card to the family and members of family (spouse, kids) can apply to the Embassy for Reunion Family Type of Visa.
For foreigners traveling to Ukraine the proof of sufficient funds is required
Foreigners intending to travel to Ukraine, reside in Ukraine, or travel through Ukraine are required to possess the amount of funds equal to 20 days' worth of average monthly per capita subsistence minimums, established in Ukraine on the day of arrival.
Therefore, as for February 1, 2014 a foreigner traveling to Ukraine is to possess average daily amount of approximately $100 U.S., adding extra 5 days reserve ($500 US).
The documents as follows may be presented to prove sufficient funds:
• Cash in Ukrainian hryvnia or in convertible currency;
• A valid bank document containing an account balance which can be presented for payments in Ukrainian banks;
• International pay system cards along with a statement of personal account balance confirming the funds;
• A document proving hotel or residence booking;
• A tourist voucher;
• A letter of invitation (guarantee) from the host/sponsor stating his/her ability to cover all the foreigner's expenses associated with the residence in Ukraine and departing its territory;
• A traveler’s return or transit ticket.
In accordance with Article 21 of the Law of Ukraine, "On Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons," foreign travelers may be required to present the proof of their financial status for the purpose of selective control at Ukrainian border checkpoints while entering (including transit) the territory of Ukraine.
No proof of sufficient funds is required for the categories of visitors as follows:
• Foreigners or stateless persons under 18;
• Tourists on a cruise;
• Foreign aircrew and warship crew who arrive in Ukraine according to the applicable regulations (on terms agreed upon);
• Non-military vessel crew;
• Non-military crew of international airlines or international connection trains, who are on duty and reside within the facilities of airports or train stations;
• Heads of foreign states or governments, members of parliamentary or governmental delegations, and technical staff with the above representatives or their family members (accompanying on request of central authorities of Ukraine);
• When in service: officials of international organizations, staff members of their local branches in Ukraine, staff members of state representatives to international organizations that have headquarters in Ukraine and who are eligible for diplomatic privileges and immunities;
• UN certificate holders and officials of other organizations of the UN system, their family members;
• Chiefs of foreign diplomatic missions and consular offices, members of diplomatic personnel, consular officers, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic and consular institutions, staff of military attaché and trade representatives, their family members;
• Diplomatic and Service Passport Holders who travel to Ukraine to perform their official duties, their family members.
Please be informed that Ukraine introduced a Visa free regime for citizens of the countries of European Union, U.S.A, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, San Marino, Monaco, Iceland, Vatican, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Republic of Korea, who may stay in Ukraine without visa up to 90 days.
A passport valid for six months beyond the planned date of travel is required.
For citizens of the above mentioned countries who enter Ukraine with the purpose of employment, permanent residency, study and work at the diplomatic missions of the above mentioned countries in Ukraine or with any other purpose if they are going to stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days, visas are still required.
No visas are required fro citizens of the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (except Turkmenistan).
Visa issuance or adjustment are subject to a processing fee in US dollars payable to the Embassy of Ukraine only in the form of a postal money order at the time of the application.
Cash, credit cards, personal or company checks are not accepted.
Fees must be paid in the amounts stated below and should not include a return postage.
VISA FEES for US citizens:
1. ACCORDING TO THE NEW VISA REGULATION PROCEDURE ENTERS INTO THE FORCE SEPTEMBER 10, 2011:
introduces three classes of visas:
1. Transit visa (VB), which will allow transit through the territory of Ukraine within the period of 5 days. Travellers can apply for one entry, two entries, as well as multiple entries within the period of one year. On the basis of reciprocity the Consular fee for the Transit visa will be $160.
2. Short-term visa (VC), which will allow stay in Ukraine for less than 90 days within 180 days starting from the first entry to Ukraine. This visa will be issued as a one-entry, two-entries and multiple-entries valid for the period of from 1 month and up to 5 years. On the basis of reciprocity consular fee for the short-term visa will be $ 160.
3. Long-term one-entry visa (VD), which could be issued for applicants entering Ukraine with the purpose of obtaining documents permitting stay in Ukraine for the period of longer than 90 days. Within 45 days from the moment of entry to Ukraine a holder of long-term one-entry visa should apply to relevant authorities in Ukraine for a permanent/temporary residence permit. Consular fee will be $ 405 for employment based visas, $ 160 for student visas, $ 230 for immigration visas, $ 190 for petition based visas and $ 230 for family reunion visas. If applying by mail, a self-addressed prepaid envelope is required. For a return service, please provide the Consulate with Express Mail envelopes only.
Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S. charges the following fees for visa processing, unless exempted by International Agreements of Ukraine:
1) Single entry visa: $85
2) Double-entry visa: $130
3) Multiple visa: $200
The expedited issuance of a visa or issuance of visa during non-working hours will be subject to a double consular fee rate. The expedited issuance of a visa can be done at the request of a foreign citizen or stateless person and provided expedited processing is possible.
In case of visa refusal, the consular fee is not refunded.
On the RECIPROCAL BASIS FEES are WAIVED or REDUCED for persons listed in bilateral agreements.
A TABLE OF TYPES OF VISAS AND RELEVANT FEES can be found here.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT PREFERABLE WAY OF DELIVERY IS USPS MAIL AND/OR FEDEX (account number is required).
NOTE: THE EMBASSY DOES NOT ACCEPT CASH OR CHECKS.
CONSULAR FEES MUST BE PAID BY MONEY ORDER (make payable to the Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S.) a sample can be found here.
Travelling with animals
Necessary information on travelling with animals can be found here.
|Chief:||Yurii L. Tokar
Head of Consular Division
|Address:||3350 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. View on map|
|Phone:||+ 1 (202) 349 2947|
|Fax:||+ 1 (202) 333 0817|
09:00 – 18:00 – Monday-Friday
|Boundaries of the consular district:||
For all consular matters, residents of the following states and countries should contact the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine:
District of Columbia, and the states of: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, as well as the countries of Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago.
Consul General of Ukraine in Chicago
|Address:||10 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. View on map|
|Phone:||(8 10 1312) 64 24 388|
|Fax:||(8 10 1312) 642 43 85|
Working hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Lunch hour: 12:30 – 13:30
Day off: Sat, Sun
|Boundaries of the consular district:||
For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco
|Address:||530 Bush Street, Suite 402, San Francisco, California, USA, 94108. View on map|
|Phone:||+1 (415) 398 02 40, 398 51 21|
|Fax:||(8 10 1415) 398 50 39|
Working hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Lunch hour: 13:00 – 14:00
Day off: Sat, Sun
|Boundaries of the consular district:||
For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Visiting hours: 9 a.m. -1 p.m
Consul General of Ukraine in New York
|Address:||240 East, 49th Street New York, NY 10017. View on map|
|Phone:||+1 (212) 371-6965|
|Fax:||+1 (212) 371 55 47|
Working hours: 09:00 – 18:00
|Boundaries of the consular district:||
For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.