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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I find contact information for Ukrainian Embassies and Consulates abroad?

http://mfa.gov.ua/en/about-mfa/abroad/embassies

Here is a list of Ukrainian embassies abroad from the MInistry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to numerous embassies around the world, there are also consulates in countries that Ukraine has close relations with. Generally, visas can be applied for both at embassies and consulates.

What documents are required to apply for a Ukrainian visa?

You can find a list of required documents here:  http://mfa.gov.ua/ua/consular-affairs/con/visa

How long does my passport have to be valid in order to apply for a Ukrainian visa?

You must possess a passport valid for at least 3 months after the anticipated departure from Ukraine.

Who is eligible for visa free entry to Ukraine?

Who is eligible to apply for a tourist visa on arrival?

Single entry visa for up to 15 days is also available at the “Borispol”, “Odessa” airports, Odessa Commercial Sea Port for the nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Republic of Mauritius, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of El Salvador, the Republic of Seychelles, who are traveling on tourist purpose to Ukraine.

  Can I get by only speaking English in Ukraine?

Yes. In most Ukrainian cities, you can find many signs or menus in English, and most people understand and speak English.

If you are traveling with Next Stop Ukraine, we are happy to provide an interpreter or guide-interpreter.

Can I use my bank card in Ukraine?

In most cases yes, but we recommend you bring some cash. You can use Visa or Master card in most Ukrainian cities, but in the smaller towns, cash is preferred for payment.

What is the import customs allowance for travellers to Ukraine?

  • Cash and travel checks totalling up to USD 10,000. If you are carrying an amount exceeding USD 3,000, it should be declared in written form;
  • Bank metals, which total weight is up to 100 grams per person, regardless age. To be declared;

  • Checks, issued by foreign banks and non-bank organizations and amounting up to USD 50,000 (or its equivalent in other currency). To be declared;

  • Alcohol: 1 liter of wine, 2 liters of beer, 2 liters of strong beverages (whisky, vodka, etc);

  • Tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 200 grams of tobacco;

  • Food, total cost of which is lower EURO 50;

  • Goods, cost of which is lower EURO 200 and weight is less than 50 kg.

Bigger amounts and weights of goods will result in Customs and other fees:
Goods weighting more than 50 kg but less than 100 kg and cost of which is less than EURO 1,000, will be subject to 20% Custom’s Tax, 20% VAT and a Product Tax, which differs from one group of goods to another.
Goods weighing more 100 kg and costing more than EURO 1,000 will be taxed on commercial rate basis.

What is the export customs allowance for travellers to Ukraine?

  • Cash and travel checks totaling up to USD 10,000 and carried into Ukraine. If money you carry out exceeds USD 3,000 it should be declared in written form. However, it cannot exceed amount you carried in to the country.

  • Ukrainian cash up to UAH 10,000. To be declared.

  • Commemorative coins of gold and silver, nominal value of which is in UAH and does not exceed UAH 5,000. To be declared.

  • Bank metals, which total weight is up to 100 grams per person, regardless of person’s age. To be declared.

  • Checks, issued by foreign banks and non-bank organizations and amounting up to USD 50,000 (or its equivalent in other currency), which were brought into Ukraine (it should be on your Entrance Declaration). To be declared.

For carrying out bigger amounts in cash, checks and bank metals special National Bank of Ukraine authorization is required .

Goods costing more than EURO 100,000 will be considered commercial import and taxed on commercial rate basis.

How about insurance on the territory of Ukraine?

According to the Ukraine legislation, foreign travelers are obliged to have the medical insurance covering health emergency cases. If you already have an insurance purchased from a non-Ukrainian insurance company, please, make sure it is valid for Ukraine and this company has an office here.

If not, we would recommend including it in your booking.

How do I connect to the Internet?

Most cafes, restaurants and hotels in Ukraine now have free Wi-Fi Access, along with many city centres.

You can also easily purchase a pay-as-you-go Ukrainian sim card from Mobile Phone Shops, or street-side booths, which for a small set up fee, can allow you to connect to 4G via your mobile phone.

Is it safe to travel to Ukraine?

As of January 2019, it is safe to travel to all areas of Ukraine, except Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and Crimea. Travel to these areas is not advised.

We recommend you visit your Government’s Foreign Travel Advice pages for the most up to date information.