Ukrainian legislation determines visa and visa-free entry for foreigners to the Ukraine's territory.
The citizens of the European Union, USA, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Israel, Japan, Argentina, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Vatican City, Croatia, Monaco, San Marino, Paraguay, South Korea and Montenegro are allowed to enter and to stay in Ukraine for 90 days over the 180-days period. Citizens of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan don't need visa to enter Ukraine neither.
The citizens of Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina have the right to enter Ukraine without a visa and to stay in its territory for up to 30 days. The Residents of Hong Kong (China) can stay in Ukraine without a visa for 14 days.
The citizens of other countries and the citizens of the mentioned above countries who enter Ukraine on the purposes of work or study, or stay in Ukraine longer than 90 days have to obtain a visa.
Currency. You may import up to 3000 US dollars or the equivalent of this sum in any other currency, as well as cheques issued by foreign banks in sum up to 3000 US dollars, to Ukraine without written declaration. If the sum in cash or in issued cheques that you intend to import is from 3000 to 10000 US dollars, you have to write it down in declaration at the customs control. It is important that you keep this document (the customs declaration) till the end of your stay, because you will need to show it, when you exit the country. You may import the sum from 10000 to 50000 US dollars to the territory of Ukraine only, if you have a verifying certificate from the bank. You need permission of the National Bank of Ukraine in order to import more than 50000 US dollars.
Alcohol and tobacco goods. You may import 1 liter vodka products, 2 liters wine, 5 liters beer, 200 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco to Ukraine without paying the customs tax.
Foodstuff. Foodstuffs imported for personal consumption are exempted from tax. At that, the total cost of the goods can't exceed 50 Euros and the weight of each product can't exceed 2 kg.
Not allowed to import to the territory of Ukraine are goods that can harm health, endanger life of population and fauna, or may lead to harmful consequences for environment. As well as photo-, audio-, and video-materials, which promote war, violence, pornography, racial, ethnical and religious animosity.
Currency. On condition of oral declaration you may export from Ukraine up to 3000 US dollars in cash or in form of traveler's cheques for the same sum or the equivalent of this sum in any other foreign currency. You may also export the foreign currency, which you previously imported on legal basis and which is stated in the customs declaration. The cheques issued by foreign banks and imported or sent to Ukraine in compliance with local legislation also belong here. You may export foreign currency in sum from 10000 to 50000 US dollars only based on the verifying certificate from the bank, in sum of more than 50000 US dollars - provided the individual license of the National Bank.
You may also export Ukrainian national currency in sum of up to 1000 hrivnas without written declaration.
Alcohol and tobacco goods. You may export no more than 1 liter vodka products, 2 liters wine, 5 liters beer, 200 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco from Ukraine without paying the customs tax.
Foodstuff. Exported foodstuffs with the total cost up to 50 Euros are exempted from tax. At that, the weight of each product can't exceed 2 kg.
Works of art. Having a cheque on purchase, you may freely export from Ukraine souvenir products, paintings, as well as works of decorative and applied arts of modern production, bought in shops or artistic salons. When buying a picture of modern artist, make sure that it has a remark that this canvas has no cultural value.
Antiques, as well as works of art, having cultural or historical value, are allowed to be exported only with permission of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
To the cultural values, export of which doesn't require permission of the Ministry of Culture, belong: personal rewards, on wearing of which there are order books and certificates; works of Soviet decorative and educational art, painting, author's graphics of serial and mass production published after 1960. As well as modern factory-made jewelry made of non-precious stones; serial works of modern production made of ceramics, leather, wood, metals, stones; souvenirs, postage stamps issued after 1970.
There are tree visa types distinguished depending on the term of stay of foreign residents on the territory of Ukraine: transit, short-term and long-term.
Transit visa (indicated with letter B) is issued for a transit journey through the territory of Ukraine and allows staying of foreign citizens for no longer than 5 days. Transit visa may be one-time, two-time or multiple.
Short-term visa (indicated with letter C) is issued in case that the term of staying of foreign citizens doesn't exceed 90 days. Short-term visa may be issued as one-time, two-time or multiple for a period up to six months.
Long-term visa (indicated with letter D) is issued for entry to Ukraine with a purpose of obtaining documents on staying for a period of more than 90 days. Long-term visa may be one-time, two-time or multiple for a period up to 3 years.
There is a uniform rate for issuing of visas to Ukraine: one-time visa - 85 US Dollars, two-time - 130 US Dollars, multiple - 200 US Dollars.
If you stay in Ukraine for more than three months (for residents of the countries with visa-free entry procedures) or decided to extend your visa, you should turn to the State Department on issues of citizenship, immigration, and registration of physical persons. You must do it not earlier than 10 days and not later than 3 days prior to expiration date of the first registration (got at the entry to Ukraine) or of visa. To do so, you need to make a written statement specifying reasons for extension of the term of stay in Ukraine, as well as the period of time, for which you need to stay. For extension of tourist visa it is enough to provide documents that confirm hotel booking for the period of the intended stay.
But you should consider that visa or registration extension procedure is quite bureaucratized and may demand a lot of time and efforts on your side. Therefore, we recommend resorting to it only in case of emergency.
Remember that it's impossible to stay in Ukraine without visa longer than 90 days in the period of 180 days. After expiration of this term you won't have an opportunity to exit the country and come back immediately just by putting a new entry stamp at the border.