Foreigners and people without citizenship who want to come to Ukraine, should know the rules that regulate this process. Laws of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers regulations determine them. Knowing the rules allows you to avoid possible complications during your stay in Ukraine. If you need detailed legal advice, you can contact the law firm “Bachynskyy, Kolomiets and partners”.
Rules of entry
One should enter Ukraine through special checkpoints placed at the state border. Under general rule, there you will present your passport and Ukrainian visa, if international agreements do not provide otherwise. To make a visa, you will need to contact the Ukrainian embassy or consulate in your country. If you don’t have time to do it, and you have a reason for immediate entry, visa can be made at the port of Odessa and Kiev and Odessa airports. This visa, however, is valid fifteen days only and involves only one entry to Ukraine.
Here is a list of grounds for immediate entry:
- A request of Ukrainan government;
- a request of emergency services;
- The need for emergency medical treatment;
- The funeral of a close relative;
- The need for transit (for crew members of ships and aircraft).
Also, at the Odessa port and the above airports, residents of some countries can obtain a tourist visa if they have documents that prove their statuses.
Rules of stay
Residents of countries with non-visa regime can stay in Ukraine not more than 90 days within a 180-day window. In other cases, the period of stay shall be specified directly in the visa. In case of emergency, it can be prolongued. You need to apply to the State Migration Service, not earlier than ten and no later than three days before the expiration date of your visa.
During stay in Ukraine, one can start the procedure of getting temporal residence permit or obtaining Ukrainian citizenship, if you have legal grounds for these permits.
If during your stay in Ukraine you lose your passport or other identity document, you must immediately notify the State Migration Service of Ukraine. There you will be given a temporary ID-card. In addition, the State Migration Service will warn the officers of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine that no one could use your documents for traveling abroad.
To avoid any problems during your stay in Ukraine, you should find legal support. L’viv law firm “Bachynskyy, Kolomiets and partners” has the best experts in migration law, which can be found. We are happy to help you with any issue.