Information on the procedure of
foreigners entry to (exit from)Ukraine
At present, the Ukrainian
legislation provides for both visa and visa-free entry procedure for foreigners
(foreign citizens and non-citizens).The
rules of foreigners entry to (exit from) Ukraine
are regulated by
Ukrainian law On Legal Status of Foreigners, of February 4, 1994, by the Rules
of foreigners entry to Ukraine, their exit from Ukraine and transit through its
territory (under the Decree N 1074 by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers of December
29, 1995) and by the Rules of obtaining visa documents for entry to
Ukraine(under the Decree N 227 by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers of February 20,
Foreigners shall enter/exit Ukraine through the crossing points on
the State frontier, in case of presence of a national passport and a visa, if
otherwise is not specified by the Ukrainian legislation.
of visas are issued by Ukraine's diplomatic missions and consular offices
abroad. The Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Ukraine issues diplomatic visas in the territory of Ukraine to diplomats for the
term of their accreditation. Service visas are issuing to officers of foreign
affairs institutions of foreign states in case of presence of a service
passport, to foreign mass media staff as well as to the members of their
families for the period of service card validity (Appendix 1).
territory of Ukraine the period of visas validity could be prolonged. Diplomatic
and service visas, issued to diplomatic personal, officers of diplomatic
institutions, consular institutions, international and other organizations,
accredited in Ukraine are prolonged by the Department of Consular Service of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Other visa types are prolonged by
the organs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
with a Decree N 227 by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers of February 20, 1999,
visas for foreigners are issued on the basis of their entry purpose, provided
they have the appropriate documents (Appendix 2).
Depending on validity,
there exist the following types of visas: short-term visas (issued for up to 6
months) and long-term visas (6-12 months); by frequency of use the visas are
divided into single, multiple and collective.At the time of temporary stay in
Ukraine, foreigner has no right to change the status of residence for any other
one and to apply for a permission for permanent residence in
Since July 1, 2001, in accordance with a Decree of the
President of Ukraine N 435 of June 15, 2001 "About the Additional Measures
Directed Towards the Realization of Right of Human for Freedom of Movement and
Free Choice of the Place of Residence" the registration of foreigners, which are
entering Ukraine according to the set rules, and their passport documents is
carried out only at the crossing points on the State frontier by the organs of
the State Committee for the Protection of the National Frontier of Ukraine.
Further registration of foreigners, which are temporary staying in Ukraine
according to the set rules, and their passport documents is not carried out by
the internal affairs agencies.
In case of loss of national passports by
the foreigner on the territory of Ukraine, the passport owner should inform
their hosting organization and an internal affairs agency about this incident.
The latter, upon the foreigner's request, issues a substitution document. On
obtaining national passports by foreigners at the diplomatic mission or consular
department of their country on the basis of the foreigner's application and a
petition by their hosting organization, the internal affairs agency provides for
issuing an exit visa or registration of the foreigner's national
foreign citizens and non-citizens from Ukraine
and non-citizens, which have temporary stayed in Ukraine, should exit the
country in the course of the rules of entry to Ukraine.
with a Decree N 910 by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers of June 5, 2000 foreign
citizens and non-citizens, which have the permanent residence in Ukraine or
staying in Ukraine with the aim of job placement based on Centre of Employment
confirmation or studying at the high school education institutions of Ukraine,
exit Ukraine according to the passport documents with appropriate marks and
certificates for residence.Transit of foreigners through the
territory of Ukraine
is allowed, in case if the foreigner has a transit
Ukrainian visa, a destination country visa and tickets or other documents
proving that the intended trip is really a transit.
Citizens of the
States which have concluded international agreements with Ukraine on visa-free
travelling of citizens (Appendix 4) enter into Ukraine with a valid national
passport, provided they have an insurance policy and a duly arranged invitation
(original) by a legal or private person from Ukraine, if otherwise is not
envisaged by an international agreement. There still exists a visa-free regime
with the CIS countries (according to the Agreement on Visa-Free Migration of the
CIS Countries Citizens of October 9, 1992), including Russia and Belarus
(according to the concluded agreements).APPENDIX
and service visas
Diplomatic visas are issued to the following
categories of persons having diplomatic passports:
- diplomatic members of foreign missions and consular posts in Ukraine
and to members of their families;
- foreigners, enteringUkraine with diplomatic missions;
- diplomatic couriers;
- members of governments, parliaments, international organizations;
- prominent politicians whose entry into Ukraine is a diplomatic
Service visas are divided into three categories and are
- service staff of foreign diplomatic missions and consular offices in
Ukraine and to members of their families;
- members of Ukraine-based international organizations;
- State power bodies officials of foreign countries who enter into
Ukraine on business.
- members of military formations and institutions who enter into
Ukraine on business by invitation of related State bodies.
- representatives of manufacturing, trade, financial and political
circles who enter into Ukraine on business by invitation of State institutions
registered in Ukraine in the established order.
- P-1 (private visa) - invitation of an
established type duly arranged by the internal affairs agencies or an invitation
of a Ukrainian medical institution and other documents proving the private
nature of the trip.
- P-2 (private visa) - personal
application, results of a personal interview with an employee of a Ukrainian
diplomatic mission or consular post which is in charge of deciding whether a
visa can be issued, and documents proving Ukrainian background of an foreigner
or a non-citizen.
- B (business visa) - invitation of an
established type duly arranged by the internal affairs agencies.
- T (tourist visa) - documents proving
the tourist nature of the trip.
- H (visa for members of humanitarian
missions) - approval by the Commission at the Cabinet of Ministers of
Ukraine for coordination, acceptance, transportation, security and distribution
of humanitarian aid rendered by foreign States.
- E (visa for members of rescue services)
- approval by the Ministry of Emergency Issues of Ukraine.
- O (student visa) - invitation of an
established type issued by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.
- M (visa for mass media staff) -
Instruction by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on issuing the visa.
- R (visa for members of religious
missions) - invitation by a religious organization, certified by the
State Committee of Religions.
- TP-1 (transit visa) - document
proving the transit nature of the trip, visa to a third country, ticket, etc.
- TP-2 (transit visa) - documents
proving the transit nature of cargo transportation and public bus transportation
through the territory of Ukraine.
- EI-1 (immigration visa) - work permit
issued by the Ministry of Labour.
- EI-2 (immigration visa) - permit by a
local executive body for permanent residence in Ukraine.
- OI (visa for international transport service
staff) - license for international transportations issued by the
corresponding agency of the host country.
Visas of other types are
issued on the request by the State authorities of foreign countries,
international organizations, invitation cards issued by ministries, by other
central executive power bodies, as well as invitation cards of the type
established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from Ukrainian legal and
There is no need in invitation for issuing visas (types
C, B, M, K, P) for the citizens of states - members of the European Union,
Canada, Slovak Republic, United States, Turkey, Switzerland and Japan (in
accordance with a Decrees by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers N 750 of May 5,
2000, N 1376 of September 01, 2000, N 192 of February 28, 2001).
of need, an employee of a Ukrainian diplomatic mission or a consular office may
request additional documents which would in a better way specify the aim of the
foreigner's/non-resident's trip or invite a certain person for an additional
passports that should be registered in Ukraine's internal affairs
4List of countries which have
visa-free movement regime with Ukraine
- Foreigners who have arrived in Ukraine for a period of more than 6
- Foreigners who have arrived in Ukraine for education or employment
within the contract.