Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
It is necessary for all visitors to Ukraine to apply for a visa at one of the Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad or online, unless they are from one of the visa-exempt countries.
Travel to Ukraine is not recommended due to the ongoing war.
Ukraine is included in the UKs list of visa-exempt nations. Before travelling to the UK for whatever purpose, all Ukrainians must apply for a visa. Ukraines visa application centres have been closed, and Ukrainians are being routed to those in neighbouring nations.
Entry into Ukraine
The Department of Foreign Affairs, along with the EU and other international partners, is constantly monitoring the situation in Ukraine.
The State Department strongly discourages all travel to Ukraine, regardless of motive. Irish citizens in Ukraine should evacuate if doing so is safe. If you believe you cannot leave safely, you should seek shelter in a safe location and closely monitor the situation. Keep your circumstances and departure plans under continual assessment and ensure your travel documentation are up to current. Consider that communication lines (telephone, Internet) may be interrupted.
In addition, the Department cautions strongly against commissioning surrogacy agreements in Ukraine. The situation remains exceedingly perilous throughout the entirety of Ukraine, particularly in Kiev and the western regions, as rocket assaults continue across the country. Schools, apartment buildings, and maternity facilities are among the many civilian targets that have been and continue to be attacked by missile attacks. The Department’s capacity to provide consular assistance to Ukrainian citizens is extremely limited.
Damage to Ukraine’s essential infrastructure caused by extensive missile attacks in October 2022 caused water and energy shortages in numerous regions of the country. There have been reports of severe electricity shortages and blackouts in the city and area of Lviv. The city of Kyiv has requested that residents limit their electricity consumption between 5 and 10 p.m. You should be aware that unexpected energy and/or water shortages can occur anywhere in the country.
You need the following:
Citizens of the United States do not need a visa to enter Ukraine for stays of less than 90 days.
You must allow up to 10 business days from the date of application for regular service, unless otherwise specified under Ukraine’s international agreements. The processing period of a standard service application may be prolonged by up to 30 business days if extra checks are required.
You may not require an appointment.
Who Can Visit Ukraine Without a Visa?
Citizens of the United States do not need a visa to enter Ukraine for stays of less than 90 days. Before entering Ukraine, individuals requiring a visa must obtain one from a Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate.
For detailed information on specific parts of the general visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
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The types of visas available are:
- Transit visas (type B). Visas of type B are issued to foreigners and stateless individuals who intend to transit through Ukraine for a maximum of five days.
- Short-term visas (type C).
- Long-term visas (type D).
What To Do If Your Ukraine Visa is Refused?
In the event of visa refusal, the foreigner or stateless person may appeal the decision by submitting an appeal letter to the head of the authorised organisation that reviewed the visa application materials. The review period for this letter has been set at two months.
Ukraine’s embassies and consulates abroad charge a standard visa cost of $65.00 (normal service) to process visa applications. All applications submitted for expedited service incur double the normal filing fees.
You may sponsor them if they were residing in Ukraine as of December 31, 2021, or if they were born after that date. Even if they were not living in Ukraine by 31 December 2021, their application will be considered by the Home Office.
Processing a Ukraine visa takes approximately ten days. If you select a rush or expedited processing schedule, the visa could be issued in five business days for a higher price. In some instances, the processing period may be lengthier depending on the embassy or consulate to which you apply.