Entering and Leaving Ukraine
Citizens of the United States, European Union, Swiss Confederation, Liechtenstein, Canada, and Japan do not need visas for entering Ukraine anymore. The rule is valid for short term visits, up to 90 days. After the 1st of September, 2005 it has turned from a temporary campaign to a constant clause of the Ukrainian Law. However, for the reconfirmation, we would recommend to contact the Ukrainian Consulate in your country before travelling.
When entering or leaving Ukraine, one should proceed either through the “green” or “red” customs corridors. All documents that one receives and fills out when going through customs should be saved - they are needed when leaving the country.
“Red” corridors are for people carrying goods or cash that must be declared:
- Any prohibited items, such as explosives and weapons (except gas and hunting weapons officially approved by Ukrainian authorities), drugs, artwork, antiques, and luggage sent separately.
- More than $1,000 and 85 hryvnyas in cash.
- Personal jewelry with value exceeding $240.
- More than 1 liter of alcoholic beverages.
- More than 200 grams of tobacco products.
“Green” corridors are for those people who do not have any goods to declare.
In order to ensure that all foreign citizens who are temporarily staying in Ukraine are provided with the opportunity to receive foreign aid, the Cabinet of Ministers has issued a decree regarding these procedures. According to the decree, foreigners who are temporarily staying in the country should have insurance policies that guarantee the payment for any medical aid provided to them. These insurance policies can be purchased from the State JSC for Providing the Foreign Citizens with Emergency Aid and other places where visas are processed or when crossing the state border.