Visas and customs procedures
Entry into Ukraine
The recommendations of the MFA of Ukraine for Ukrainian citizens regarding the entry to Israel
Attention transfer passengers with Ukrainian passports going to Canada via Tegel (Berlin)
Information for passengers travelling to the UK
Regulations for Crossing the Schengen borders
Attention passengers flying to or via Georgia
Attention passengers travelling via Zurich
For citizens of Belarus travelling from Lithuania to Europe
For passengers travelling to Azerbaijan
Visa-free transit in Beijing
India: Tourist Visa on Arrival
Indonesia introduced visa-free travel
Mobile Passport Control at T7 for U.S. and Canadian citizens
Recommendations for visas issue upon arrival at the International airports «Boryspil» (Kyiv) and «Odesa» (Odesa)
Citizens of the following countries do not require a Visa to enter Ukraine as tourists for up to 60 or 90 days:
The list of the countries is not complete. Citizens of the other countries should check visa information via the nearest Embassy of Ukraine.
Note please: In order to cross the state border of Ukraine you must present the required valid travel documents. It is the responsibility of every person to ensure that their passport and other travel documents are valid.
Important! You cannot cross the border of Ukraine with your Identity Card; your passport without a valid Ukrainian visa (applies to citizens of the countries requiring a visa to enter Ukraine); temporary passport of a stateless person (even if the citizens of this country do not require a visa to enter Ukraine). For detailed information please visit the official website of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine: (eng), (ukr), (ru).
Since February 9, 2011, the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and Government of Israel about visa requirements refusal has been in force in bilateral Ukrainian-Israeli relations.
In this regard, the citizens of Ukraine should remember that the visa-free regime, established by the mentioned Agreement, applies only to trips for tourism, business and guest purposes or for treatment in Israeli medical institutions and does not provide employment opportunities.
For receiving the right for employment in Israel the citizen of Ukraine shall apply to the Israel Embassy in Ukraine for working visa processing (B-1), which is issued by permission of the MIA of this country.
Pointed aspect should be considered attentively, because according to the information of Israeli side, escalation of verification procedures and increase of entry bans are connected with growth in number of Ukrainians, who illegally stay in Israel after 90-days completion for the purpose of illegal employment.
We urge citizens of Ukraine, who are planning to visit Israel, to treat their trips carefully and perform their travels according to declared aim of trip and other provisions of the Agreement.
In case of visiting Israel within the visa-free regime you should be ready to prove the aim of your trip at the airport persuasively and by documents, because decision-making powers due to the admission to the country belongs to the border/migration guards.
For example, tourists should have return ticket, confirmation of hotel reservation and purchase of tourist product, amount of money, enough for planned staying in Israel, as well as health insurance policy.
People who enter with guest purpose or for treatment, should have nominal invitation with personal and contact data about host side/hospital. They should also have return ticket and sufficient funds for stay.
Non-Israel citizens, who want to invite Ukrainian, should agree such kind of invitation at the territorial department of the Population and Immigration Service of Israel.
Attention! Take into account, that there is a special entry order established for foreigners, including Ukrainians, who enter Israel for reunion with spouse – citizen of Israel after marriage registration or cohabitation without marriage registration, and also for their children.
In this case, Israel citizen needs to contact the MIA with request about queue appointment into visa department for beginning the legalization procedure for spouse/cohabitant and his/her invitation to Israel. Before appointed a meeting, it is necessary to prepare documents, which serve as a proof of intent of cohabitation, and also personal documents of foreigner spouse/cohabitant. Only after receiving official permission of the MIA, foreign spouse/cohabitant will be able to enter Israel.
Herewith, citizens of Ukraine, during planning of trip to Israel, should insure the risk of enter refusal.
During the interview, it is necessary to be calm and balanced, clearly answer questions of border service officer. Considering that the procedure of interviewing is quite stressful, extra emotions will not help to finish the interview in your favor, because they will be accepted as evidence against your declared intentions.
In case of decision of entry prohibition, you have a right to appeal it at the court, about what (appeal plans) you shall inform border service officers and contact local lawyers (you can choose the lawyer with the help of host side or use lawyer services, mentioned on the website of Ukraine Embassy in Israel in section “Consulate questions”.)
It should be noted, that employees of the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel cannot influence on the immigration decision-making process, and the procedure of its appeal, established by Israel legislation, does not provide the participation of diplomats as process subjects, who the persons and juridical representatives (lawyers) are.
Separately, we appeal to the citizens of Ukraine with a request to inform Ukrainian relevant authorities about cases of using tourism activities for protection of illegal actions, including the promotion and organization of illegal immigration to Israel. Such unfair activity leads to strengthening border control measures on citizens of Ukraine with relevant consequences for our countrymen, including those, who have sincere intentions on their cultural, religious, business and other needs during foreign travels, according to the signed international documents and current legislation.
Please consider that the employment for Ukrainian citizens in Israel, “within visa-free regime”, which is currently being advertised in Ukrainian Internet segment, is the violation of Ukrainian-Israeli Agreement about refusal of visa requirements and current legislation regulations, and their authors cause damage of Ukrainian citizens and Ukrainian-Israeli relations interests in general.
Beside this, the citizens of Ukraine, who enter Israel in such circumstances, usually become victims of fraudsters, who offer services for further processing of appropriate status on the territory, giving fake visa or ID. Besides the significant financial costs, which are required by thieves, our countrymen, who break the rules and requirements of Israel current legislation, are subject to the administrative/criminal liability.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
If you are travelling to Canada via Berlin-Tegel International Airport (TXL), please take into account that there is no transit area at Tegel Airport. Meaning that passengers holding Ukrainian passports must present a Schengen visa or a biometric passport in order to transfer to their next flight to Canada. If a Schengen visa or a biometric passport is not available, such passengers will be refused transfer to the flight with destination to Canada and returned to their originating departure airport.
Please watch the videos below for detailed information on immigration formalities at Gatwick Airport (LGW).
- UK Border Control
This video provides passengers with general information on how to prepare for the UK Border, such as having landing cards ready.
- ePassport gates
This video explains who is eligible for ePassport gates and how to use them.
- UK Customs Information
This video provides passengers with important information on what goods they can and cannot bring into the UK.
- Registered Traveller
This video explains who is eligible to become a Registered Traveller, the benefits of the service and how to apply.
- Student Travel Top-10 Tips
Useful tips for students arriving to the UK.
- Guide to faster travel through the UK border this Christmas
This page informs travellers of their options, such as:
- whether the EU/UK or Non-EU lane is right for them;
- if they are eligible to use ePassport gates at airports;
- what they need to have ready and to hand prior to their identity inspection;
- how non-EU travellers can become Registered Traveller members to make their UK border experience faster.
According to revision of the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation EU No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the European Council of 26 June 2013) new rules are valid from 19 July 2013:
all third-country nationals (whether or not subject to visa) must be in possession when crossing the external borders, of a travel document whose validity is higher by at least three months to date on which the applicant plans to leave the Schengen area and has been issued less than 10 years before.
Permit for entry and stay in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali
Please take into account that foreign citizens need to get a permit from Georgian authorities for entry and stay in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
For more information please contact the Embassy of Georgia to Ukraine: [email protected], +38 044 220 0341.
Information for travellers from Georgia on carrying items with lithium-ion batteries
Due to additional security regulations implemented by Georgian aviation security services at Tbilisi and Kutaisi Airports among others, laptops-notebooks and any other items containing lithium-ion batteries (watches, calculators, cellular phones, cameras etc) are forbidden in checked baggage.
All such articles must be carried in hand luggage only.
Passing through security at Zurich Airport. Download information →
Zurich Airport: Information for transfer passengers. Download information →
Aspire Business Lounge is available for Business Class passengers and Panorama Club Premium members at Zurich International Airport, Terminal Dock E.
Citizens of Belarus need a multiple Schengen visa for travel from Vilnius to Europe via Kiev.
A single-entry visa does not allow you to travel on the Vilnius – Kiev – Europe – Kiev – Vilnius route due to the four-time crossing of the Schengen area borders.
Passengers with a single-entry Schengen visa will be refused carriage on the mentioned route at Vilnius Airport. Please plan your journey accordingly.
According to the Law № 1079-IVQD dated 17 October 2014 of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On changes to the Migration Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan", articles 21.1 and 21.2, foreigners and stateless persons temporarily staying in the Republic of Azerbaijan for more than 10 days should register upon place of stay.
For this purpose foreigner or a stateless person within ten days after arrival in the country should submit application form on his/her registration upon place of stay and copy of his/her passport / other border crossing document (page with personal data and page with information about the last entrance to the country) to the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan via www.migration.gov.az, mail, e-mail ([email protected]) or in person.
Detailed information can be found on the official website of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Information Center of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan – 919.
PLEASE NOTE: In case of failure to comply with a mentioned requirement foreigners or stateless person are subject to administrative sanctions: penalty at the rate of 400 Azerbaijanian Manats (500 USD) or restriction of the entrance to a country for a year as a minimum.
Foreign visitors, who hold passports issued by the countries on the 72-hour Visa-free Transit Policy List and stay in Beijing for transit for up to 72 hours, could apply for a visa-free transit stay in China at the immigration inspection authority at Beijing Capital International Airport. This policy is only applicable for foreign visitors who enter into, stay in and leave from Beijing.
According to the regulations of Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China, foreign visitors who meet all the following requirements could apply for the visa-free transit:
- Holding passports issued by the following listed 51 countries,
- Holding valid international travel documents,
- Qualified for the entry requirements of their third destination country,
- Holding valid airline tickets with 72-hour validation and making transit through Beijing Capital International Airport to the third country
72-hour Visa-free Transit Policy is valid for passport holders from the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia , Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar.
If you are planning a journey to India, you may apply for a Tourist visa on arrival (TVoA). It is available to tourists from 43 countries including Ukraine, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg, Germany, Norway, Palestine, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, USA. The validity of visa is 30 days from the date of arrival in India.
Travellers whose objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, a visit to meet friends or relatives, short-duration medical treatment or casual business visit, are eligible for TVoA. The tourists with TVoA will be allowed to enter and depart from nine India’s international airports: Bengaluru (Bangalore), Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
In order to receive a visa on arrival:
- Complete an online form (minimum 4 days in advance of your planned date of arrival).
- Pay a Tourist visa on arrival fee of $60 per person no later than 4 days before the expected date of travel.
- Print out your ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), which you will receive by email.
- Carry a copy of your ETA along with you at the time of travel to India.
Upload your photo in Jpeg (10 Kb – 1 Mb) and a scan of the first page of your passport in Pdf (10-300 Kb).
A tourist’s passport should have at least six months validity. Each traveller should have a return ticket or onward journey ticket and sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
Book your tickets for a flight to India on www.flyUIA.com (flights to Delhi and Mumbai), at UIA’s ticket offices in Ukraine and beyond or through UIA Contact Center (flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, Hyderabad).
Indonesia introduced a visa-free regime for travel up to 30 days for citizens of 169 countries including Ukraine.
In order to cross the border of Indonesia, citizens of Ukraine should present:
- passport which is valid for at least six months after the date of arrival;
- return tickets or tickets to another country (in a case of transit).
Detailed information can be found on the website of Embassy of Ukraine to the Republic of Indonesia.
New technology has now been installed in the Immigration hall at JFK Terminal 7, which will allow for expedited travel through customs for all US and Canadian citizens, and should alleviate queuing times for other customers too.
Mobile Passport Control (MPC) has been developed by Airside Mobile, with CBP (U.S. Custom and Border Protection) and ACI (Airports Council International), and is currently in use across a number of US airports.
Eligible customers can download the free MPC app on to their smartphone and fill out their profile for use on future trips. Upon arrival at T7, travellers complete their Customs information, after which they will receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted QR code via the app to scan by CBP. This receipt expires four hours after being issued.
- Skip the queue and use the Mobile Passport Control express lane.
- Set up your profile and re-use for future trips.
- No need to fill out a paper Customs form.
- Strong privacy protection.
For further information, please see the official Mobile Passport control website.
Improvements to the immigration experience at JFK T7 include the installation of Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks. All customers travelling on an ESTA visa waiver are eligible to use them, which greatly cuts queuing times for the majority of our customers flying into New York through JFK.
Recommendations for visas issue upon arrival at the International airports «Boryspil» (Kyiv) and «Odesa» (Odesa)
Short-term single-entry visas "C" (valid up to 15 days) with tourism or business purposes can be issued to citizens of some countries upon arrival to Ukraine at the International airports «Boryspil» (Kyiv) and «Odesa» (Odesa).
See the actual list of countries whose citizens can apply for visas upon arrival to Ukraine with tourism or business purposes at the International airports «Boryspil» and «Odesa» on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine via http://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-boryspil.
List of printed documents to issue visa upon arrival to Ukraine with tourism or business purposes at the International airports «Boryspil» and «Odesa»:
- a letter of invitation from a legal entity registered in Ukraine, of the state authorities, state institution, state enterprise, state organization presented on the official letterhead.
Note: letter of invitation have to contain the number assigned in the Unified State Registry of legal entities, individual entrepreneurs and citizens’ associations, registration number, date and signature, full name of the invited person, information about his/her date and place of birth, nationality, passport details, place of residence, purpose of visit, duration of intended visit to Ukraine, number of entries and place of stay in Ukraine, legal entitie’s obligations towards possible costs related to the invited person’s stay or departure from Ukraine;
- documents confirming that the purpose of travel is tourism (hotel reservation, excursion booking, travel voucher or contract for the provision of tourist services etc);
- document attesting to foreign investment activity, according to the legislation on foreign investment regime on the territory of Ukraine;
- medical insurance;
- a ticket for the return flight;
- visa application completed online via http://visa.mfa.gov.ua web site prior to departure of the flight.
* Detailed official information is available at the official sources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In addition, these recommendations contain information provided by the International Airport «Boryspil».