The immigration process at Kiev’s airports (Boryspil and Zhulyany) is relatively fast and efficient. The slow queues and awkward questions of the past are no longer par for the course. Most officials speak a little English.
Visas for Ukraine
Information from this article was obtained from the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine website in March 2015. We update the rules as often as we can but would advise you to double check on the official website before making any travel plans.
We are a travel website and provide advice for tourists only. We do not provide information for those seeking long-term residence in Ukraine. The relevant rules are complicated and require the advice of a professional immigration consultant. Please do not ask questions about long-term residence in the comments section. They will not be approved or answered.
If you notice that any information has changed please let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this article.
Citizens of many countries no longer need a visa to enter Ukraine for short visits. Officially you are supposed to be able to provide proof of health insurance and evidence that you have the financial resources to support yourself throughout your stay. Practically, we’ve never been asked.
The current rules can be summarised as follows:
Citizens of EU countries – 90 days out of 180 days rule
Citizens of EU countries can enter Ukraine as many times as they like provided they don’t stay for more than 90 days in any 180 day period. This means EU citizens can:
- Stay in Ukraine for 3 months but, if they do, will have wait another 3 months before being allowed back.
- Stay alternate months. Many people with business and personal interests in Ukraine do this in order to avoid the red tape associated with obtaining a long-term visa.
Until fairly recently Ukrainian border officials didn’t check whether people were adhering to the 90/180 day rule. Effectively this meant that EU citizens (and others) could stay in Ukraine more or less permanently, just by exiting and re-entering the country every 90 days.
This situation is no longer the case. Immigration officials now make checks to see whether visitors have violated the 90 days within 180 days rule.
Other countries – 90 days out of 180 days rule
Citizens of the following countries are subject to the same visa regulations as EU citizens and can also stay for 90 days in any 180 day period:
- Andorra, Brazil, Canada, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Russia (see comments in table below), South Korea, San Marino, Switzerland, and the USA
No visa needed
Citizens of the following countries have no travel restrictions at all:
- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Uzbekistan. Note Russia no longer falls into this category (see comments in the table below).
Citizens of countries such as Argentina, Brunei, Mongolia, Turkey, Bosnia, Serbia, and Cuba have special rules (see the table below).
Citizens needing visas
Citizens of all other countries need to obtain a visa from their nearest Ukrainian embassy or consulate. This includes citizens of Australia and New Zealand.
Visa on Arrival
Timatic states (March 2015) that citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, El Salvador, Mauritius, and the Seychelles can obtain a visa on arrival at Boryspil International Airport (KBP) and Odessa International Airport (ODS).
We were unable to find and confirm this information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine website.
Timatic is the database used by airlines to determine whether a passenger is compliant with immigration regulations and can be carried.
Summary of Ukrainian Immigration and Visa Rules
The table below summarises the visa requirements for citizens of each of the 193 nations that are members of the United Nations. Data was taken from the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine website in March 2015.
Please note no official guidance is available for citizens of around 30 countries.
Additional visa rules are given for citizens of the Vatican (a UN observer state) and Hong Kong (a special administrative region of China).
|Country||Visa Required||EU Member||Notes|
|Andorra||No||90 days/180 days|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Yes|
|Argentina||No||90 days/365 days|
|Austria||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Belgium||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||No||30 days/60 days|
|Brazil||No||90 days/180 days|
|Brunei Darussalam||No||Up to 30 days|
|Bulgaria||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Cabo Verde||No Information|
|Canada||No||90 days/180 days|
|Central African Republic||Yes|
|Croatia||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Cuba||Yes||Except for air and sea crew, and those on medical treatment trips|
|Cyprus||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Czech Republic||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)||Yes|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Yes|
|Denmark||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Estonia||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Finland||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|France||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Germany||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Greece||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Hong Kong||No||Up to 14 days|
|Hungary||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Iceland||No||90 days/180 days|
|Ireland||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Israel||No||90 days/180 days|
|Italy||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Japan||No||90 days/180 days|
|Kazakhstan||No||90 days/180 days|
|Kyrgyzstan||No||90 days/180 days|
|Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)||Yes|
|Latvia||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Liechtenstein||No||90 days/180 days|
|Lithuania||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Luxembourg||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Macedonia||No||90 days/180 days (March 16 2015 to March 15 2018)|
|Malta||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Marshall Islands||No Information|
|Micronesia (Federated States of)||No Information|
|Monaco||No||90 days/180 days|
|Mongolia||Yes||Except for tourist and private trips but documents certifying the purpose of the trip must be provided|
|Montenegro||No||90 days/180 days|
|Netherlands||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Norway||No||90 days/180 days|
|Panama||No||90 days/180 days|
|Papua New Guinea||No Information|
|Paraguay||No||90 days/180 days|
|Poland||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Portugal||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Republic of Korea (South Korea)||No||90 days/180 days|
|Republic of Moldova||No|
|Romania||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Russian Federation||No||Timatic (the database used by airlines) states that Russians are subject to the 90/180 days rule. Website of Consulate General of Ukraine in St Petersburg also states this as being valid from March 16 2015.|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||No Information|
|Saint Lucia||No Information|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||No Information|
|San Marino||No||90 days/180 days|
|Sao Tome and Principe||No Information|
|Serbia||No||30 days/60 days|
|Slovakia||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Slovenia||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Solomon Islands||No Information|
|South Sudan||No Information|
|Spain||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Sweden||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|Switzerland||No||90 days/180 days|
|Syrian Arab Republic||Yes|
|Trinidad and Tobago||No Information|
|Turkey||No||Up to 60 days|
|United Arab Emirates||Yes|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||No||Yes||90 days/180 days|
|United Republic of Tanzania||Yes|
|United States of America||No||90 days/180 days|
|Vatican||No||90 days/180 days|