Ukraine's legislation on visa issues includes:
- Procedure for Providing Sufficient Funds by Foreigners and Stateless Persons Entering, Staying in, Transiting through or Leaving Ukraine approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine no.884 of 4 December 2013 (in Ukrainian);
- Guidelines on Processing Ukraine's Entry and Transit Visa Applications adopted by the Order of the Miinistry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Security Service of Ukraine no.469/897/605 of 30 October 2017 (in Ukrainian).
- Guidelines on Issuing Electronic Visas adopted by the Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine no.558 of 18 December 2017 (in Ukrainian).
Ukrainian visas are issued within 3 types:
- transit (B type) visas. B type visas are issued in cases where a foreigner/stateless person intends to transit through Ukraine and each transit period does not exceed 5 days. B type visas are issued as single / double / multiple entry visas valid for a maximum of 1 year or another period depending on supporting documents.
- short-term (C type) visas. C type visas are issued in cases where a foreigner/stateless person intends to stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days within every 180 days. C type visas are issued as single / double / multiple entry visas valid for 6 months or another period depending on supporting documents but cannot be issued for more than a 5 year-term.
- long-term (D type) visas. D type visas are issued in cases where a foreigner/stateless person intends to apply for a temporary residence permit to stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days. D type visas are issued as multiple entry visas valid for 90 days.
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How to apply
Visa applications should be submitted to:
1) Ukraine's Embassies or Consulates abroad. Every foreigner or a stateless person who is required to have an entry Ukrainian visa may apply for her/his visa to the relevant Ukraine's Embassy or Consulate no earlier than 3 months before the date of the planned entry to Ukraine.
2) MFA visa divisions at border check points at "Boryspil" / "Kyiv (Zhuliany)" / "Odesa" international airports. This option is only available to foreigners - holders of passports of 30 specified countries who enter Ukraine with a tourist or business purpose and intend to stay in Ukraine for up to 15 days. List of eligible countries and detailed information may be found here.
3) one of Ukraine's 56 Visa Application Centres abroad. VACs recieve visa applications from foreigners and stateless persons residing in VACs location countries only - list of operating VACs may be found here.
4) online via the https://evisa.mfa.gov.ua/ MFA website. E-Visas are issued to foreigners-holders of passports of 44 specified countries who intend to stay in Ukraine with a tourist or business purpose for up to 30 days. List of eligible countries and detailed information may be found here.
Visa application registration
MFA’s advice to all applicants is to fill in and register their visa applications for the relevant Embassy/Consulate/MFA division at an airport/Visa Centre online at http://visa.mfa.gov.ua.
Registering, printing, signing and bringing your visa application form along with your supporting documents will make the application process easier and save your time.
According to Ukraine’s Visa Rules all applicants should provide the following documents in order to apply for their visa:
1) passport/travel document which should comply with these requirements:
- be valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from Ukraine;
- have at least 2 pages free from any visas/marks/stamps;
- be issued for no more than 10 years.
2) printed and signed visa application form (please see MFA advice on visa application registration above);
3) 1 applicant’s photo (35 * 45 mm);
4) proof that the applicant is a holder of (or is entitled to benefit from) a valid medical/travel insurance policy to cover Ukraine and the period of stay (the policy should provide a minimum of €30 000 or equivalent coverage). Holders of diplomatic/service passports are exempt from this requirement;
5) proof of sufficient funds to cover the costs of stay (e.g. bank statement for 2 recent months, cash in Ukrainian hryvnia/other convertible currency, bank cards along with current/savings account balance statements provided the bank cards can be cashed in Ukraine, hotel/accommodation booking, letter from the applicant’s employer/sponsor confirming their coverage of applicant’s expenses in Ukraine, a return/transit ticket etc). Holders of diplomatic/service passports are exempt from this requirement. For more details on this requirement please see the Procedure for Providing Sufficient Funds by Foreigners and Stateless Persons Entering, Staying in, Transiting through or Leaving Ukraine approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine no.884 of 4 December 2013 (in Ukrainian).
6) paid visa fee receipt (unless stipulated otherwise by Ukraine’s legislation or Ukraine’s international treaty).
Please note that in cases where applicants reside in a country that is different from the country of their nationality/citizenship Ukraine’s Embassies/Consulates abroad may only be able to accept visa applications from applicants holding valid temporary/permanent residence documents (long-term visas/residence permits or their equivalents etc.).
Along with the mentioned documents applicants are expected to submit documents confirming the purpose of their planned visit to Ukraine:
for transit (B type) visas – one of the following:
- visa for another country (if required) and tickets;
- document(s) confirming that passengers/cargo are to transit through Ukraine by car/coach;
- international carrier license issued by the relevant authority of a foreign state
for short-term (C type) visas – one of the following:
- invitation letter from an entity/company/organisation registered in Ukraine, presented on the official letterhead, with indication of the entity/company/organisation’s number according to Ukraine’s Unified State Registry of Legal Entities, Individual Entrepreneurs and Citizens’ Associations, registration number, date and signature, full name of the invited person, information about his/her date and place of birth, nationality, passport details, place of residence, purpose of visit, duration of intended visit to Ukraine, number of entries and place of stay in Ukraine, legal person’s obligations to cover costs related to the invited person’s stay and/or departure from Ukraine;
- original of the notarized invitation letter from Ukraine’s national or a foreigner/stateless person who legally resides (temporarily or permanently) in Ukraine. Invitation should contain full surname and name(s) of the inviting person, details of his/her passport and temporary or permanent residency permit (for a foreigner/stateless person), address, and full name of the invited person, information about his/her date and place of birth, nationality, passport details, place of residence, purpose of visit, duration of intended visit to Ukraine, number of entries and place of stay in Ukraine, inviting person’s obligations to cover costs related to the applicant’s stay and/or departure from Ukraine. Copies of the inviting person’s Ukrainian passport (if an inviting person is Ukraine’s national) or copies of the foreigner’s/stateless person’s passport and their Ukrainian temporary/permanent residency permit (if an inviting person is a foreigner/stateless person) should be provided as well;
- invitation letter issued by Ukraine’s ministries / other central executive authorities, state entities and organizations;
- passenger / cargo carriers’ contract as well as the relevant international passenger / cargo carrier’s license;
- certificate of a person of Ukrainian descent issued by Ukraine’s National Committee on Persons of Ukrainian Descent. If applicant’s family applies for this type of visa as well documents on their status and family relation to the applicant should also be provided;
- proof that the applicant’s main purpose of journey to Ukraine is tourism (hotel/accommodation booking(s), programme of stay, information on the tour(s) and the tour(s’) timeframes, tourist agency details, transfer details, sightseeing information etc.);
- invitation letter issued by Ukraine’s hospital/medical treatment institution;
- document issued by the relevant regional/city state administration/bank confirming that the applicant has made an investment to Ukraine’s economy;
- document(s) confirming that the applicant owns property (real estate) allocated in Ukraine;
- invitation letter issued by a religious organization in Ukraine for a short-term performance of missionary activities accompanied by a letter issued by Ukraine’s Ministry for Culture / Department on Religious Matters of the relevant regional or city state administration – depending which authority has registered that religious organization;
- a letter of the foreign Mass Media with a request to issue a visa to the foreign correspondent/Mass Media staff member who intends to travel to Ukraine in his/her professional capacity;
- invitation letter issued by foreign states’ authorities / international organizations;
- an Order of Ukraine’s Central Election Commission on registration of official observers from foreign states and international organizations for presidential elections, parliamentary elections, local elections and national referendums;
- document(s) confirming that the applicant is a spouse, a parent or a child of a citizen of Ukraine.
for long-term (D type) visas – one of the following:
- a certified copy of the work permit issued by Ukraine’s State Centre for Employment. Foreiners / stateless persons exempt from the requierement to obtain a work permit in order to be employed in Ukraine are to provide a copy of the work contract. Persons of Ukrainian descent are to provide their certificate of a person of Ukrainian descent and a copy of the work contract;
- a copy of the immigration permit issued by a local office of Ukraine’s State Migration Service;
- document(s) confirming that the applicant is a family member of a foreigner/stateless person who has been granted refuge/temporary protection in Ukraine. Certificates issued by foreign countries should be apostilled (legalized) and translated into Ukrainian as well as duly certified;
- invitation letter issued by a relevant Ukraine’s state authority/entity/organisation which is a recipient of international technical assistance project as well as a confirmation of the registration of the relevant international technical assistance project;
- invitation letter issued by a religious organisation duly registered in Ukraine for a long-term performance of religious/missionary/canonical activities accompanied by a letter issued by Ukraine’s state authority which has registered that religious organization (e.g. Ukraine’s Ministry for Culture / Department on Religious Matters of the relevant regional or city state administration);
- invitation letter issued by a foreign non-governmental organization (branch / office) duly registered in Ukraine;
- invitation letter issued by a foreign company duly registered in Ukraine;
- invitation letter issued by a branch of a foreign bank registered in Ukraine;
- invitation letter issued by a branch of a foreign Mass Media duly registered in Ukraine with a request to issue a visa to the Mass Media staff member;
- official letter/verbal note issued by a relevant foreign state authority/foreign diplomatic mission/international organisation (office) with a request to issue a long-term visa to the mission/organisation (office) staff member as well as her/his family members;
- invitation letter issued by Ukraine’s relevant government authority which implements respective cultural, educational, scientific, sport or volunteering programs or an invitation letter issued by an entity/institution/organisation engaging volunteers in their activities accompanied by the copy of that entity/institution/organisation’s state registration certificate;
- documents confirming that the applicant is a spouse of a national of Ukraine. Marriage certificates issued by foreign countries should be apostilled (legalized) and translated into Ukrainian as well as duly certified;
- document(s) confirming that the applicant is a family member of a foreigner/stateless person residing in Ukraine upon a temporary residence permit accompanied by a copy of that foreigner/stateless person’s temporary residence permit as well as proof of that foreigner/stateless person’s sufficient funds to cover applicant’s expenses in Ukraine. Certificates issued by foreign countries should be apostilled (legalized) and translated into Ukrainian as well as duly certified;
- documents defined by the subparagraph 4 of the paragraph 12 of the Article 5 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons" confirming that the applicant is a founder and/or participant and/or beneficial owner of (exercises control over) the legal entity registered in the United State Register of Legal Entities, Individual Entrepreneurs and Public Organizations of Ukraine, and that the applicant’s contribution (or a foreign legal entity’s share – in cases where the applicant is the beneficial owner or exercises control over a foreign legal entity which has a share in the Ukrainian legal entity) in that legal entity’s capital comprises no less than €100 000 according to the official foreign currency exchange rate set by the National Bank for the date when the foreign investment has been made. Documents issued by foreign countries should be apostilled (legalized) and translated into Ukrainian as well as duly certified;
- other documents (if stipulated by Ukraine’s international treaties).
Application processing times
Ukraine’s Embassies/Consulates abroad process visa applications and make visa decisions:
- in up to 5 working days from the day of application within expedited service (specific number of days to be defined by each Embassy/Consulate);
- in up to 10 working days from the day of application within regular service unless stipulated otherwise by Ukraine’s international treaties. Processing time of an application filed within regular service may be extended for up to 30 working days if additional checks are necessary.
MFA visa divisions at border check points at "Boryspil" / "Kyiv (Zhuliany)" / "Odesa" international airports process visa applications and make visa decisions on the day of application.
E-Visa applications are processed within 9 working days.
Ukraine’s Embassies/Consulates abroad charge $65.00 (basic visa fee) for processing visa applications via regular service.
Fees are doubled for all applications filed upon expedited service.
Visa fees for certain visa types for applicants from certain countries might differ from basic visa fee above due to reciprocity principle.
Please see reciprocal fees.
Information on visa fees may also be found at the relevant Embassy/Consulate website.
MFA visa divisions at border check points at "Boryspil" / "Kyiv (Zhuliany)" / "Odesa" international airports charge 2550 UAH fee (unless stipulated otherwise by Ukraine’s international treaties).
Fees are not refunded in case of visa refusal.
According to the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Israel on the waiver of visa requirements for holders of national and service passports of Ukraine and of the State of Israel nationals of the state of one party holding valid national or service passports may enter, leave, pass in transit or stay in the territory of the state of the other party without obtaining a visa for 90 days per period of 180 days.
Attention! Holders of the Israeli travel document ''Teudat maavar'' traveling to Ukraine should apply for the Ukrainian visas.
In accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine «On Approval of the Rules for issuing visas for entrance and transit through the territory of Ukraine» No. 567 dated on June 1st, 2011 the new procedure of issuing visas to entry into/exit from the territory of Ukraine as well as new visa types and categories, visa validity terms and legal ground for issuing visas came into force as of September 10th, 2011
VISA TYPES AND CATEGORIES, VISA VALIDITY, GROUNDS FOR ISSUING VISAS
Depending on the purpose of travel, these are the following types of visas:
1) Transit Visa (indicated by letter B) is issued to foreign citizens and stateless persons for passing through Ukraine to a third destination, as well as for the transit of cargo and for the transit of vehicle passengers.
There are single, double and multiple entry transit visas issued for the period indicated in the supporting documents. However, the period should not exceed one year unless otherwise stipulated by International Agreements of Ukraine. Each transit through the territory of Ukraine should not exceed five days.
A transit visa application should be accompanied by one of the following documents:
- Document confirming the nature of travel is transit (such as a visa to the third country if it is required, a ticket etc);
- Document confirming the nature of cargo and the nature of vehicle passengers is transit;
- License for international transportation services issued by the competent authority in the host country.
2) Short-term visa (indicated by letter C) is issued to foreign citizens and stateless persons if the duration of their stay in Ukraine does not exceed 90 days in a given 180 day period from the date of first entry.
Short-term visas can be single, double or multiple entries for six months or for the period of time indicated in the documents that constitute grounds for obtaining the visa, but not exceeding five years.
A short-term visa application should be accompanied by one of the following documents:
- Standardized invitation of a person or entity issued by the regional body or by the state division of the Migration Service of Ukraine;
- Invitation from the ministry, other central executive authorities, state institutions, enterprises or organizations;
- Certificate of the Person of Ukrainian origin and his/her application along with the results of the interview with the Ukrainian diplomatic or consular staff and evidence for Ukrainian ethnical descent or Ukrainian origin of the foreign citizen or stateless person. The spouse and children of the Person of Ukrainian origin, if traveling and staying in Ukraine together, have to submit an application and provide documents confirming family relationships;
- Document confirming that the nature of travel is tourism in accordance with the Ukrainian Law On Tourism;
- Invitation from a Ukrainian medical treatment facility;
- Document confirming that the person is a co-founder of a joint venture or a company (firm, association etc.) representative and that he/she travels to Ukraine to monitor the performance of contracts;
- Confirmation from the Committee on Humanitarian Aid of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the entry of the foreign citizen or stateless person for the purpose of providing humanitarian aid or charity;
- Invitation from a duly registered religious organization attested by the state authority of Ukraine that registered those organization, for short-term stay in Ukraine for religious matters;
- Petition from the head of a foreign mass media for a foreign correspondent or representative of a foreign media who travels to Ukraine for short-term stay to perform his/her professional duties;
- Petition from state authorities of foreign states or international organizations;
3) Long-term visa (indicated by letter D) is issued to foreign citizens or stateless persons traveling to Ukraine for a period exceeding 90 days with the purpose of processing documents that give the right to stay or reside in Ukraine.
The long-term visa can be issued by the Diplomatic Mission or the Consulate General of Ukraine as single entry visa for 45 days, except as otherwise required by law.
A long-term visa application should be accompanied by one of the following documents:
- Duly certified copy of the permit to engage foreign workers or stateless persons issued by the State Employment Center or issued on its instruction by the Employment Center of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Regional City Employment Centers, Kyiv City Employment Center and SevastopolCity Employment Center;
- Copy of the Immigration permit obtained from the Regional Authority or Division of the State Migration Service of Ukraine;
- Permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to obtain visas for family members of a person who has a refugee status in Ukraine;
- Original standardized invitation for study. For applications submitted between August 15 and November 15: Lists from the Ukrainian Center for International Studies that are submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (provided that on the list there is information regarding the foreign national or stateless persons). Outside this period of time, a visa request from the Ministry for Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine is required.
- Invitation from the state institution, enterprise or organization that is a recipient of international technical aid;
- Invitation from a duly registered religious organization attested by the the state authority of Ukraine that registered those organization to preach in a religious organization.
- Invitation of the branch office, divisional office, representative office or any other structural cell of a duly registered foreign public organization (Non Governmental Organization).
- Invitation from a duly registered foreign representative of a foreign business entity attested by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine;
- Invitation from a duly registered branch office or representative of a foreign bank attested by the National Bank of Ukraine;
- Application of the foreign mass media proved by the State Committee for Television and Broadcasting of Ukraine;
- Foreign government’s petition for diplomatic and consular staff, or staff and representatives of international organizations who enter Ukraine for long-term stay to perform their professional duties, and for their family members;
- Document confirming family relationship with a citizen of Ukraine or a foreign citizen or stateless person that has permanent or temporary residence permit (such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate);
If required, the authorized staff may ask a foreign citizen or stateless person who is applying for a visa, for an additional interview and any additional documents to clarify the purpose of traveling such as:
- Documents confirming booking or payment for accommodation, payment for food in Ukraine;
- The host party’s letter of guarantee that it undertakes all the expenses related to the foreign citizen’s or stateless person’s stay in Ukraine and exit from Ukraine;
- Other documents proving that a foreign citizen or stateless person has sufficient funds for the expected stay in Ukraine and for a return to the home country or for the transit through the territory of Ukraine to a third destination; or a lawful way of receiving such funds while staying in Ukraine;
- Documents demonstrating the foreign citizen’s or stateless person’s intentions to leave Ukraine before the visa expires (such as tickets, bank statements, confirmation of employment, real estate documents, family relationships etc.)
Foreign citizens and stateless persons may submit their short-term visa application during three months period prior to the planned trip.
The competent authority will make an appropriate decision within 15 calendar days from the date of submission of the visa request, visa application and supporting documents. Decisions can be extended to 30 calendar days in the case of further investigation.
Passport or Travel Document Requirements:
- Must be valid for at least three months after the declared exit date from Ukraine;
- Must have at least two spare pages;
- Must be issued no more than ten years ago.
For the processing of visa applications for minors: a parent’s or legal representative’s permission, other necessary documents for a minor’s independent exit and travel overseas or provision for exit with a parent or legal representative will be additionally verified.
In case of refusal to issue a visa, a foreign citizen or stateless person may reapply under the current legislation of Ukraine.
In case of visa refusal, the visa application and supporting documents are not returned; only the passport has to be returned. In the passport a note on the visa request and date should be mentioned, and also such a note should be signed by the authorized person and stamped.