Entry to Ukraine: rules

INFORMATION ABOUT GOVERNMENT CHANGES OF ENTRY FOR FOREIGNERS

23.03.2021: Please take into consideration the following changes implemented by the Government of Ukraine in relation to the rules of the Ukrainian border crossing.
Starting from 00:00 24th March, 2021 all passengers who are not Ukrainian citizens while entering Ukraine must:
1) have a confirmation issued in any official EU language of the negative PCR test for COVID-19. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before entering the country;
2) have a valid insurance certificate issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine or a foreign insurance company, which has its representative office in Ukraine or a contractual relationship with an insurance partner company in Ukraine, and covers the costs associated with COVID-19 treatment, observation, and is valid for the period of stay in Ukraine.
The same apply to transit passengers.
In case passenger travels by transfer through Boryspil airport, stay in transfer zone and doesn`t cross the state border of Ukraine, above-mentioned demands are not applied. Transfer passengers need to follow entry rules and requirements of final destination country. In the absence of a test and/or insurance policy passengers will be denied to cross state border of Ukraine for entry or transit.
Besides the above-mentioned demands are not applied to:
foreigners and stateless persons permanently residing in Ukraine (whose who have residence permit in Ukraine);
persons recognized as refugees or in need of additional protection;
employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices of foreign states;
representatives of official international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine and their family members;
persons who are drivers and/or crew members of freight vehicles, buses engaged in regular transportation;
crew members of aircraft, ships and river vessels;
members of train and locomotive crews;
militaries (units) of the Armed Forces of NATO member states and member states of the NATO "Partnership for Peace" participating in activities of training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Citizens of Ukraine in order to cross the Ukrainian border must have a negative PCR test that was done a maximum of 48 hours before entry.
In the absence of the test the Ukrainian must install the application Vdoma and self-isolate for 14 days. It is possible to complete self-isolation ahead of time in case of a negative PCR test result. The test is not necessary for children under 12 years.

A citizen of Ukraine or a person with a residence permit may not buy an insurance policy.
A person's presence of a certificate of antibodies to COVID-19 or a vaccination certificate does not exempt him/her from the need to have the results of testing for COVID-19 by PCR before crossing the state border.




                                                                                                                                        THE ORDER OF ENTRY TO UKRAINE
                                                                                                                                     ( EXTRACT FROM THE LAW OF UKRAINE)

II. ENTRY AND EXIT FROM UKRAINE
Article 9. Entry to Ukraine for foreigners and stateless persons and duration of their stay in Ukraine
1. Foreigners and stateless persons enter Ukraine with a passport as specified by this Law or the international treaty of Ukraine and a visa obtained in the prescribed manner, unless otherwise provided by the law or the international treaties of Ukraine. This rule does not apply to foreigners and stateless persons who cross the state border of Ukraine seeking recognition as refugees or persons requiring additional or temporary protection or asylum.
2. Foreigners and stateless persons during the border control procedure performed at the border crossing points are required to present their biometric data for documentation.
3. The term of stay of foreigners and stateless persons in Ukraine is established by the visa, the legislation of Ukraine or the international treaty of Ukraine.
 
Article 10. Visa issuing
1. The rules of issuing visas to foreigners and stateless persons and the list of required documents are established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
2. The decision on visa issuance is made in due course by the diplomatic missions or consular posts of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine or the representative office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine.
 
Article 11. Grounds for refusing a visa
1. Foreigners and stateless persons may be denied a visa in the cases of:
threat to the national security or public order, public health, rights and lawful interests of the citizens of Ukraine and other persons residing in the territory of Ukraine;

registration in the database of persons who under the laws of Ukraine are not allowed to enter Ukraine or have a temporarily restricted right to enter Ukraine;

presentation of an invalid passport or a passport belonging to another person;

submission of false information or falsified other documents;

absence of a valid medical insurance provided the possibility of its issuance in the territory of the country in which the relevant visa application is submitted;

lack of adequate financial support for the period of intended stay and to return to the country of origin or transit to a third country or an opportunity to secure sufficient financial support in a lawful manner in the territory of Ukraine;

absence of evidence regarding the purpose of the intended stay;

absence of the documents that allow to establish the applicant’s intentions to leave the territory of Ukraine prior to the expiration of the visa;

applicant’s request to terminate consideration his/her visa application.
2. The decision to refuse the visa is taken by the authorities who decided to process and issue it.
 
Article 12. Grounds for cancellation of a visa
1. A visa may be canceled during passing of the border control on grounds and in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Border Control.”
2. A visa is canceled during the stay of foreigners and stateless persons in the territory of Ukraine in case of:
establishing that during applying for a visa, the applicant used an invalid passport or passport issued to another person, or other false documents or presented false information;
decision on forced return or forced deportation of a foreigner or a stateless person outside Ukraine.
3. Visa cancellation is effected in cases:
stipulated by paragraph 2, part 2 of this Article by authorized officials of the central executive body implementing the state policy on migration or a border protection agency;
stipulated by paragraph 3, part 2 of this Article, by authorized officials of the authority that decided to enforce the return or who filed a petition to the court seeking judgment on forced expulsion, after the court made such a judgment.
4. The decision to cancel a visa can be appealed in the manner prescribed by the law of Ukraine.
 
Article 13. The grounds for barring entry of foreigners and stateless persons to Ukraine
1. Entry to Ukraine for foreigners and stateless person is prohibited under the following circumstances:
in the interests of Ukraine’s national security or public order;

if required for securing health, rights and lawful interests of the citizens of Ukraine and other persons residing in Ukraine;

when applying for entry to Ukraine the person has filed deliberately false information or forged documents;

if the passport of such person or visa are forged, damaged or do not meet the prescribed standard or belong to another person;

if such a person while crossing the state border of Ukraine violated the rules of crossing the state border of Ukraine, customs regulations, health standards or norms, or did not comply with legal requirements of the officials of state border protection agency, customs and other authorities exercising control over the state border;
{Paragraph six of part one of Article 13 as amended by the Law № 406-VII of 04.07.2013}

if during his previous stay in Ukraine, a foreigner or a stateless person did not fulfill a decision made by the court or a public authority authorized to impose administrative penalties, or has other unmet property obligations to the state, natural or legal persons, including in relation to the previous deportation, including after the expiration of the ban for further entry to Ukraine;

if such person attempts to enter the temporarily occupied territory through the control points of entry – exit without a special permission or such person during previous stay on the territory of Ukraine made departure from it through the control checkpoint of entry-exit.
{The first part of Article 13 is supplemented with paragraph eight under the Law № 1207-VII of 04.15.2014}
2. Under availability of the grounds specified in paragraphs two, seven and eight of part one of this Article, the data on the foreigner or stateless person shall be entered into the database of persons who under the laws of Ukraine are not allowed to enter Ukraine or have the right of departure from Ukraine temporarily restricted.
{Part two of Article 13 as amended by the Law № 1207-VII as of 04.15.2014}
3. The decision to ban entry to Ukraine is adopted by the central executive body implementing the state policy on migration, the Security Service of Ukraine or the state border protection agency.
 
Article 14. The return of foreigners and stateless persons who are not allowed to enter Ukraine
1. Foreigners and stateless persons who are not allowed to enter Ukraine, when trying to enter Ukraine during crossing the state border of Ukraine shall not cross the state border of Ukraine and as soon as possible return to the state from which they arrived, or to the state which issued the passport.
If it is not possible to immediately return the foreigners or stateless persons back, they shall remain at the point of crossing of the state border of Ukraine before their return.
The passports of such foreigners and stateless persons are marked with a notice prohibiting entry for the term specified in the decision, made according to part 3 of Article 13 of this Law.
2. Foreigners and stateless persons in the event of illegal crossing of the state border of Ukraine are apprehended and, if their violation of the laws of Ukraine does not provide for criminal liability shall be returned to the country of previous stay in the prescribed manner.
Such foreigners and stateless persons are prohibited from entering Ukraine for three years. In the manner, established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine their information shall be entered into the database of persons who under the laws of Ukraine are not allowed to enter Ukraine or have the right of departure from Ukraine temporarily restricted.
3. During apprehension, the authorities of the state border guard bodies perform fingerprinting, and if necessary – taking other biometric data of foreigners and stateless persons in accordance with the law.

Article 14.1. The return of foreigners and stateless persons to the temporarily occupied territory
Foreigners and stateless persons who arrived to the control points of entry – exit from the temporarily occupied territory without permission, may not travel further 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.
In case of impossibility of immediate return of a foreigner or stateless person, they stay in the control checkpoint of entry–exit until their return
Such foreigners and stateless persons will have in their passport document the mark about prohibition of entry to Ukraine for the period specified in the decision taken in accordance with the third paragraph of Article 13 of this Law.
{The Law is supplemented with Article 14-1 as set forth by the Law No 1207-VII of 04.15.2014}
 
Article 15. Documents for entry/exit from Ukraine for foreigners and stateless persons
1. Entry/exit of Ukraine is organized in the following manner:
foreigners and stateless persons – a passport document featuring an appropriate visa, unless another entry/exit procedure is set by the law or the international treaty of Ukraine;

foreigners residing in Ukraine – a passport document and a permit for permanent residence;

stateless persons permanently residing in Ukraine – stateless person’s ID for travel abroad;

foreigners and stateless persons who are recognized in Ukraine as refugees or persons who need additional protection – a travel document for travel abroad;

foreigners and stateless persons who are married to the citizens of Ukraine – a passport document and a residence permit;

foreigners and stateless persons who are married to the persons referred to in parts 2-12, Article 4 hereof – a passport document and a residence permit;

foreigners and stateless persons who stay in Ukraine in connection with employment – a passport document and a residence permit;

foreigners and stateless persons who stay in Ukraine in connection with participation in the international technical assistance projects – a passport document and a residence permit;

foreigners and stateless persons who stay in Ukraine in connection with participation in the activities of religious organizations – a passport document and a residence permit;
foreigners and stateless persons who stay in Ukraine in connection with participation in the activities of branches, representative offices and other structural units of public (non-government) organizations of foreign countries – a passport document and a residence permit;

foreigners and stateless persons who work in the offices of foreign businesses in Ukraine – a passport document and a temporary residence permit;

foreigners and stateless persons who work in branches or representative offices of foreign banks in Ukraine – a passport document and a temporary residence permit;

foreigners and stateless persons who stay in Ukraine in connection with participation in cultural, scientific, educational activities on the grounds and in the manner prescribed by the international agreements of Ukraine or special programs, as well as foreigners and stateless persons who stay in Ukraine for participation in international and regional volunteer programs, or participation in the activities of volunteer organizations registered in Ukraine in the established manner – a passport document and a residence permit;
{Paragraph fourteen of part one of Article 15 as amended by the Law № 246-VIII of 05.03.2015}

foreigners and stateless persons who work as journalists or representatives of foreign mass media in Ukraine – a passport document and a temporary residence permit;
foreigners and stateless persons who have been enrolled in the educational institutions of Ukraine for at least one year – a passport document and a residence permit;

foreigners – the citizens of countries that can enter Ukraine without a visa under the legislation of Ukraine or the international treaty of Ukraine – a passport document or another document if it is provided by international agreements of Ukraine;

foreigners who are the nationals of the states which have concluded agreements with Ukraine on local border traffic – the documents that give the right to cross the state border within the local border traffic, which are issued by diplomatic missions and consular offices in Ukraine as established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
2. Employees of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations, representatives of the international organizations accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and having headquarters in Ukraine and in accordance with the statutory documents of such organizations or relevant international treaties of Ukraine enjoy diplomatic privileges and immunities, as well as their family members may enter Ukraine under a passport document and an accreditation card.
 
Article 16. Registration of foreigners and stateless persons who enter Ukraine or stay in Ukraine
 
1. Registration of foreigners and stateless persons who enter Ukraine is carried out at the crossing points at the state border of Ukraine by the state border protection agencies.
2. A registration stamp made in the passport and/or immigration card or another document of a foreigner or a stateless person established by the laws of Ukraine is valid throughout the territory of Ukraine, regardless of location or residence of a foreigner or a stateless person in Ukraine.
3. Rules for the registration of foreigners and stateless persons shall not apply to persons who illegally crossed the state border of Ukraine with the intention of recognizing them refugees or the persons requiring additional protection, asylum or temporary protection in Ukraine. The central executive body implementing the government policy on migration registers foreigners and stateless persons covered by the law on refugees and persons requiring additional or temporary protection in Ukraine, having only one of the documents issued to such persons under the above law.
4. The following foreigners and stateless persons are exempt from registration:
heads of states and governments of foreign countries, the members of parliament and government delegations, technical personnel supporting such delegations (officials) and their families who came to Ukraine at the invitation of the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine or the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the ministries, other central executive bodies of Ukraine; the persons and family members of such persons who enter Ukraine using the United Nations ID or ID of UN organizations;

foreigners and stateless persons under eighteen years of age;

foreign tourists during a cruise;

crew members of foreign vessels (aircrafts) which in due course arrived to Ukraine;
individuals who make up the crews of foreign non-military vessels;
individuals who make up the crews of commercial aircrafts of international airlines, international train crews in the event of their stay at the airports or train stations specified in the transportation schedule.
5. The passport documents of the following individuals are registered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and its representative offices:
heads of foreign diplomatic missions and consular offices, diplomatic personnel, consular officials, administrative, technical and service staff of diplomatic missions and consular offices, the staff of the military attaches and trade missions and their spouses, children and parents who are their legal dependants;

staff of foreign affairs agencies of foreign countries who came to Ukraine on business and have diplomatic or service passport, and their families;

officials of international organizations who came to Ukraine on business, staff of representative offices of such organizations in Ukraine, as well as staff of the representative offices of international organizations with headquarters in Ukraine and in accordance with the statutory documents of these organizations or relevant international agreements enjoy diplomatic privileges and immunities, as well as their families.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and its branches make a registration record directly to the passports of the abovementioned persons.

Article 17. Extension of stay of foreigners and stateless persons in Ukraine

1. Foreigners and stateless persons lawfully residing in the territory of Ukraine may receive extension for the period of their stay (under legitimate reasons).
2. The documents on the extension of stay in Ukraine are issued on the basis of written applications by the foreigners or stateless persons and the host to be submitted no later than three working days prior to the expiration of the term of their stay in Ukraine.
3. The extension of stay of foreigners and stateless persons may be refused in the absence of appropriate grounds and sufficient financial support to cover the costs associated with the stay of the foreigners and stateless persons in Ukraine or the appropriate guarantees from the host.
4. Extension of stay in Ukraine is made by the territorial bodies of the central executive body implementing the state policy on migration in the manner prescribed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
{Part four of Article 17 as amended by the Law of 16.10.2012 № 5 459-VI of 16.10.2012}
 
Article 18. Issuing personal identification documents for return
 
1. Return IDs are processed and issued by the local offices of the central executive body implementing the government policy on migration.
{Part 1 of Article 18 as amended by the Law № 5459-VI of 16.10.2012}
 
2. Rules of registration, issuance and the format of the ID for return are determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, unless otherwise is provided by the laws of Ukraine.
 
Article 19. Issuance of a stateless person ID for travel abroad
 
1. Stateless persons residing in the territory of Ukraine without a permanent travel document receive an ID of a stateless person for travel abroad, which is a document that identifies the stateless person when crossing the state border of Ukraine and staying abroad.
 
Article 20. Transit through the territory of Ukraine of foreigners and stateless persons
 
1. Transit of foreigners and stateless persons through the territory of Ukraine is carried out under available Ukrainian transit visa, unless otherwise is provided by the law or the international treaties of Ukraine.
2. The rules of transit through the territory of Ukraine by the foreigners and stateless persons are approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
3. In cases of forced stop, the foreigners and stateless persons may receive extension of temporary stay in the territory of Ukraine before elimination of the circumstances that caused it in the manner prescribed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
4. Transit by foreigners and stateless persons through the temporarily occupied territory is prohibited.
{Article 20 is supplemented with part four as set forth by the Law № 1207-VII of 04.15.2014}
 
Article 21. Financial support for entry to Ukraine, stay in the territory of Ukraine and transit through Ukraine for foreigners and stateless persons
 
1. Entry, stay and transit through the territory of Ukraine for foreigners and stateless persons is made in the presence of adequate financial support or opportunities to obtain such support legally in Ukraine. The procedure for confirmation of adequate financial support and its volume is determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
 
2. Foreigners and stateless persons are obliged to submit proof of financial support at the request of the authorized officers.
3. Availability of financial support or guarantees of its availability may be confirmed by presenting the following:
cash in the national currency of Ukraine or in convertible foreign currency;

document indicating the amount of money, in exchange of which cash may be obtained from the banking institutions of Ukraine;

payment cards of international payment systems supported by the statement from the applicant’s bank account, confirming the available amount of cash;

document confirming the reservation or payment for food and lodging while in Ukraine;
contract for travel services (voucher);

a guarantee letter of the host who invited a foreigner or a stateless person with the commitment to pay all expenses associated with the stay of the above persons in Ukraine and leaving Ukraine;

a travel ticket to return to the country of nationality or the country of residence or to a third country.