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Can You Travel to Ukraine with a US Visa?

With all the geopolitical instability in the countries that belonged to the erstwhile USSR, there still is confusion about the rules of entry to countries like the Ukraine.

However, Ukraine is a popular travel destinations for globe trotters, with a report on Kyiv Post saying that 13.6 million foreigners visited Ukraine in 2016, an increase of 5.6% compared to 2015.

A survey by Henley and Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017 revealed that Ukrainian passport holders can enter 82 countries visa-free. However, if you wish to enter Ukraine, a valid US visa will not suffice. Here’s a look at the rules for entry.

If you’re traveling in 2021, I recommend checking out the updated travel rules for USA.

Rules to Enter Ukraine

For entering Ukraine, you will have to obtain a visa prior to leaving your country. However, several countries enjoy visa-free entry, visa on arrival, and e-visa facilities.

  1. Visa-Free Entry:
    Citizens of several countries are allowed visa-free entry into Ukraine. So, check the visa-free list for Ukraine before planning your trip. The maximum length of stay, however, is limited to 90 days, after which you will need to apply for a visa.
  2. Visa on Arrival:
    If you are from one of the countries permitted visa on arrival, then you can get a C-Type short term visa for 15 days. It allows a one-time entry into Ukraine. You can get a visa on arrival on reaching one of the checkpoints at Zhuliany International Airport in Kyiv.
  3. E-Visa:
    Ukraine allows you to stay for 30 days with an e-visa. If you belong to one of these 46 countries, you are eligible for an e-visa.

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