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).
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 33 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) Ukraine's Visa Centres operating in Luanda (Angola), Cairo (Egypt), New Delhi (India), (Beijing/Guangzhou/Shanghai (China), Beirut (Lebanon), Rabat (Morocco), Abuja (Nigeria), Tunis (Tunisia). Visa Centres recieve visa applications from foreigners and stateless persons residing in the mentioned countries only.
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;
- 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;
- 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.
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.
Visa requirements for foreigners entering Ukraine
Please make sure to take care of all details and formalities as regards keeping to rules on entry and stay in Ukraine to ensure a successful trip:
1. Check whether you need a visa to enter Ukraine here.
2. Whether you need visa or not, make sure you have a proof of sufficient funds when entering Ukraine.
Starting from 01 February 2014 Ukraine’s Border Guard Service officers may randomly ask foreigners entering Ukraine to demonstrate proof of sufficient funds when going through border control. Foreigners are required to have access to at least 20 days’ worth of average monthly per capita subsistence minimums to their arrival date + 5 days’ reserve.
The exact amount of money any foreigner should be able to prove to have access to when entering Ukraine is calculated according to the relevant Rules (full text is available at Ukraine’s Parliament website athttp://zakon4.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/884-2013-%D0%BF in Ukrainian).
The overall daily amount in Ukrainian hryvnia rates at around €70.00.
Ukraine’s authorities accept the following as a proof of sufficient funds:
- cash in Ukrainian hryvnia / other convertible currency
- international pay system cards along with current/savings account balance statements provided the bank cards can be cashed in Ukrainian banks
- hotel / accommodation booking
- a tourist voucher
- a letter from an inviting person/entity - sponsor confirming all expenses a foreigner might face in Ukraine and when leaving Ukraine will be covered
- a return / transit ticket
No proof of funds is required for:
- foreigners / stateless persons who permanently reside in Ukraine
- foreigners / stateless persons under 18
- tourists on a cruise
- foreign aircrew/warship crew members entering/going through Ukraine’s territory in transit in lines with established regulations
- non-military vessel crew personnel
- non-military international airlines / international connection trains crew residing within airports or train stations facilities
- heads of foreign states and governments, members of parliamentary or governmental delegations, technical staff following such delegations, as well as their family members, travelling to Ukraine upon invitation of the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the Parliament), the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine or Ukraine’s ministries/other central executive authorities
- UN and UN institutions ID holders and members of their families
- Heads of foreign diplomatic and consular missions, their diplomatic, consular, administrative and technical staff, military attachés and trade missions staff as well as their dependants (spouses, children and parents)
- diplomatic and service passport holders employed at their countries’ foreign affairs authorities visiting Ukraine with official purpose and members of their families
- international organisations officials visiting Ukraine with official purpose, their offices/branches’ in Ukraine staff members, staff members of their states’ representatives to international organisations headquartered in Ukraine who are covered with diplomatic privileges and immunities as well as their families’ members
General information visa requirements can be found here.
All visa applications are processed by the Embassy’s Consular Section within 15 calendar days from the day of application (normal service) or 1 to 15 days (express service)*.
Processing of visa applications submitted within normal service can be extended for up to 30 days.
*Important note for stateless persons’ visa applications!
Due to Ukraine’s rules on visa application processing all stateless persons’ visa applications are only processed within our normal service for 15 to 30 days.
Please note that visa applicants are expected to provide the Consular Section with originals of documents proving the purpose of intended travel to Ukraine.
Visa applications of children should be accompanied by the other parent / carer’s written and duly certified consent for the child’s visa and travel to Ukraine at all times unless both parents/carers and their children apply all together.
Visa requirements for certain categories of visas
Short-term visas are issued as single / double / multiple entry visas for 6 months or another period of time indicated in the documents which are considered as grounds for visa application. Ukrainian visas cannot be issued for more than a 5 year-term.
All short-term visa applications are to be submitted not earlier than 3 months before the intended travel to Ukraine
- passport (and a copy of its 1st page);
- 1 applicant’s photos (3,5 * 4,5 cm);
- valid Irish residence documents (permit to stay in Ireland for more than 180 days per calendar year – if required) and its copy;
- filled in and signed visa application form;
- documents proving the tourist purpose of the trip to Ukraine according to Ukraine’s Law on Tourism (including information on the tour, its timeframes, tourist agency details, transfer/accommodation details, sightseeing information etc.);
- return flight tickets;
- proof of medical/travel insurance to cover Ukraine and the period of stay;
- proof of sufficient funds to cover the costs of stay.
Note: citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Mauritius, El Salvador, Seychelles and United Arab Emirates can be issued with a single entry up to 15-days tourist visas at Kyiv Boryspil airport upon the abovementioned documents.
Visa fees can be found here.
Visa fees for specific passport holders (in lines with the reciprocity principle) can be found here.
- passport (and a copy of its 1st page);
- 2 applicant’s photos (3,5 * 4,5 cm);
- filled in and signed visa application form;
- valid Irish residence documents (GNIB card) and its copy;
- original of the letter of invitation issued by the relevant Ukrainian university;
- original of the diploma of the previous graduation establishment and appendix with disciplines/marks apostilled/legalised and translated into Ukrainian;
- original of the birth certificate apostilled/legalised and translated into Ukrainian;
- certificate of good health from health care facility (GP) and results of the HIV-test. Both documents should be apostilled and translated into Ukrainian and be issued no earlier than 2 months prior to the date of entry to Ukraine;
- proof of medical insurance covering Ukraine for at least 45 days from the date of entry to Ukraine;
- proof of sufficient funds to cover education fees and stay in Ukraine.
- return flights tickets.