Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to start electronic visas, Ukraine eVisa for Indian, South African, and the Philippines from August 14, 2020.
“Ukrainian e-visas are issued for the following extended list of travel purposes: business; private; tourism; medical treatment; cultural/scientific/educational/sports activities; foreign mass media staff,” the ministry said on its website.
To apply for a Ukrainian e-visa, an applicant should register at the MFA web platform and fill in an online application form and upload scanned copies of required documents (photo, passport, a document confirming the purpose of the visit, etc.). Once an online fee is paid with a MasterCard/Visa card, an e-visa is sent to the applicant’s e-mail in pdf. format.
Before travel, all applicants should print out their e-visas and later present them (along with their valid passport) to Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service officers on entry to Ukraine.
According to the ministry, e-visa advantages are the following: the application may be submitted remotely at any convenient time; e-visa can be obtained without visiting a consular post, e-visa application status can be tracked online; the e-visas are issued by the MFA of Ukraine; help & additional information are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nationals of the mentioned states may still submit their regular visa applications via the standard procedure to Ukraine’s foreign diplomatic missions, the ministry said.
Ukraine eVisa eligible countries List:
China (except for August 1, 2020, through January 31, 2021),
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
Trinidad and Tobago,
Recent visa liberalization introduced by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky approved a visa-free regime for entry into Ukraine for citizens of six countries from August 1, 2020. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia do not need visas in Ukraine if their stay in Ukraine does not exceed 90 days during 180 days. President Zelensky signed a decree on a temporary visa-free regime for Chinese citizens who enter Ukraine for tourist purposes. The new regime will be in effect for the period from August 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021.