How to get Ukrainian e-Visa in 5 simple steps

E-Visa is a type of short-term visa to enter Ukraine which foreigner may get without leaving home. This visa type is issued as a single-entry visa for a period of 30 days. The process of obtaining e-Visa is maximally simplified because all a foreigner has to do is to register on the site and download the necessary documents.

E-Visa is a single-entry visa, that is issued up to 30 days to foreigners who intend to enter Ukraine with one of the following purposes:

  1. Business visit;
  2. Private visit;
  3. Tourism;
  4. Medical treatment;
  5. Cultural/scientific/educational/sport activities;
  6. Foreign mass media staff visit.

However, citizens only from 52 countries may get e-Visa using the simplified procedure. Among them citizens of Australia, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and more. Full list at the end of the article.

 

How to get e-Visa?

Step 1. Registration

A foreigner should register at the Ministry of foreign affairs of Ukraine web-platform ( https://evisa.mfa.gov.ua/ ). A foreigner shall apply for e-Visa no earlier than 3 months and not later than 10 business days before the intended visit to Ukraine.

Step 2. Fill in an application form online and upload a photo.

Step 3. Upload copies of the following documents:

  1. Passport;
  2. Health insurance policy (30,000 euro coverage);
  3. Document that proofs of sufficient funds for the intended period of stay in Ukraine and return to the country of origin;
  4. Document confirming the purpose of the visit. Depending on the purpose of the visit such documents may be the following:

Business visit:

  • Invitation letter from a legal person registered in Ukraine;
  • Invitation letter from a government body/institution/enterprise/organization;
  • Document attesting to foreign investment activity on the territory of Ukraine;

Private visit:

  • Invitation letter from Ukrainian citizen;
  • Invitation letter from a foreigner who legally temporarily or permanently reside in Ukraine;
  • Document that proofs that foreigner owns immovable property on the territory of Ukraine;
  • Document confirming the family ties of a foreigner with a Ukrainian citizen;

Tourism:

  • Document confirming that the purpose of a trip is tourism;

Medical treatment:

  • Invitation letter from a healthcare institution;

Cultural/scientific/educational/sport activities:

  • Invitation letter from a legal person registered in Ukraine;
  • Invitation letter from a government body/institution/enterprise/organization;
  • Request from the government body of a foreign country or international organization.

Foreign mass media staff visit:

  • Request from foreign mass media

Step 4. Payment of consular fee

A foreigner should pay the consular fee online by MasterCard/Visa card. The consular fee is 85 USD. In case of visa refusal, the consular fee shall not be refunded. Moreover, there is no urgent e-Visa issuance at a double rate. Report on the completion of the visa application will be sent to foreigner`s e-mail.

Step 5. E-Visa issuance

Consideration of the visa application is made within 9 days. After reviewing the documents, an e-Visa with a QR code or an e-Visa refusal letter will be sent to foreigner`s e-mail in pdf format.

 

Entry to Ukraine with e-Visa

The foreigner who has got e-Visa shall enter Ukraine at the international border crossing points. The foreigner must show the printed e-Visa along with the valid travel document to Ukraine`s State Border Guard Service officer when entering Ukraine.

Important! Printed e-Visa should be kept by foreigner throughout the stay in Ukraine. The foreigner must again show a printed e-Visa along with passport when leaving the territory of Ukraine.

 

What are the most common reasons for e-Visa refusals?

In general, legal grounds for e-Visa refusal is the same as for other types of Ukrainian visas. However, in practice, there are fewer e-Visas refusals than in case of other types of visas. Basically, the reasons for e-Visa refusals are related to technical mistakes. Typical mistakes that foreigners make are:

  • non-compliance with photo requirements;
  • incorrect or incomplete filling in the e-Visa application form;
  • lack of necessary documents;
  • non-compliance with health insurance policy requirements.

Therefore, despite the simplified procedure of e-Visa issuance, foreigners should be serious about the preparation of documents in order to avoid problems with entering Ukraine.

e-Visa eligible countries

  1. Australia
  2. Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Bahrain
  5. Belize
  6. Bolivia
  7. Bhutan
  8. Vanuatu
  9. Haiti
  10. Guatemala
  11. Honduras
  12. Grenada
  13. Dominica
  14. Dominican Republic
  15. Ecuador
  16. Indonesia
  17. Cambodia
  18. China
  19. Kiribati
  20. Columbia
  21. Costa Rica
  22. Kuwait
  23. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  24. Mauritius
  25. Malaysia
  26. Maldives
  27. Marshall Islands
  28. Mexico
  29. Micronesia
  30. Myanmar
  31. Nauru
  32. Nepal
  33. Nicaragua
  34. New Zealand
  35. Oman
  36. Palau
  37. Peru
  38. El Salvador
  39. Samoa
  40. Saudi Arabia
  41. Seychelles
  42. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  43. Saint Lucia
  44. Singapore
  45. Solomon Islands
  46. Suriname
  47. Thailand
  48. Timor-Leste
  49. Trinidad and Tobago
  50. Tuvalu
  51. Fiji
  52. Jamaica
Author
Olga Svynoboi
Olga Svynoboi
Junior Associate
the Migration Law and Practice

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