The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced that it will stop issuing visas to foreign citizens at international airports from January 1, 2019. Instead, the Ministry has introduced a new extended list of nationals eligible for an e-visa, who are required to apply at least ten days prior to their trip.
The new Ukrainian e-visa will be issued for the following purposes of entry to Ukraine:
- medical treatment
- cultural/scientific/educational/sports activities
- foreign mass media staff visits
Eligible for this visa will be the nationals of the following 52 world countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Palau, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The ministry has also published a guideline on how to apply for a Ukrainian e-visa. First, applicants will need to register at the MFA web-platform and fill in the application form online. Then applicants are required to upload copies of the necessary documents, which are:
- health insurance policy (30,000 euro coverage)
- proof of sufficient funds
- document confirming the purpose of the visit
All applicants will need to pay a fee of 85 USD. Each application processing takes up to 9 business days. Applicants then receive a response on their email whether they have been rejected or approved for an e-visa.
An e-visa is valid for one entry up to 30 days. Travelers are obliged to carry their printed e-visas along with their valid travel documents with them when they show up at the Ukrainian port of entry.