Travelers will not be able to obtain visas on arrival at airports in Ukraine from January 1. Tourists will need to obtain a Ukraine eVisa, or an alternative visa type, before heading to Ukraine.
At the moment, citizens from 31 countries can obtain 15-day tourist and business visas from a number of Ukrainian airports (Kyiv Boryspil Airport, Kyiv Ihor Sikorsky Airport, and Odesa Airport). December 31 will be the last day when these types of visas are available.
The Ukrainian Government originally introduced the eVisas in April as an alternative to the visas on arrival. All of the nationalities who are currently eligible for the visa on arrival, plus 13 more, can apply for the eVisa for Ukraine.
Citizens of the following countries are eligible for the Ukraine eVisa: Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Grenada, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Travelers from 65 countries including the US, all EU countries, Canada, Russia, Brazil, and Argentina. People from these countries can stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Citizens of five countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Uzbekistan) can enter for indefinite periods.
How can travelers obtain an eVisa for Ukraine?
The eVisa was designed to modernize the process of obtaining a Ukrainian visa. The online application only takes a few minutes to fill out and it means visitors can save the trouble of queueing at the border for a visa or going to an embassy.
To complete the application form, applicants need to enter a range of data including their passport details and travel plans. There will also be some questions about the applicant's background (medical history, criminal record etc.).
Applicants need to meet all the visa requirements to successfully apply for the Ukraine eVisa. Candidates need have a valid passport from one of the eligible countries. They also need to pay a fee using a credit or debit card.
After the relevant authorities approve an application, they send the Ukraine eVisa by email. Tourists can present the electronic visa at the border to gain entry.
Ukraine is not currently a popular holiday destination but this could change. It is one of the only destinations in Europe which is still largely undiscovered. There are numerous cities, such as Kiev and Lviv, which are cultural hubs as well as stunning landscapes including mountains, valleys, and sandy beaches.