A Visa entitles the holder to travel to Ukraine and apply for admission at the port of entry.
An immigration officer of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine determines the Visa holder’s eligibility for admission into Ukraine.
Do I need a Visa?
Citizens of countries that ratified the Visa Waiver Treaties with Ukraine do not need and can't get a Visa for a short-term visit. Please note that the passport should be valid 3 months after the date of departure from Ukraine for countries requiring a Visa and 6 months for countries with a Visa waiver.
Visa is not required during transfer through a transit zone at the airport.
Please see the list of countries and the status of the Visa regime with Ukraine by the Link
The Consulate General of Ukraine in Houston processes Visa applications and takes Visa decisions:
- up to 5 working days from the day of application within expedited service;
- up to 10 working days from the day of application within regular service unless stipulated otherwise by Ukraine’s international treaties. The processing time of an application filed within regular service may be extended for up to 30 working days if additional verifications are necessary.
After you have registered online, the application is to be completed, printed out, dated, and signed twice in box 36 and under the statements at the very bottom. The application is required for each passport holder. The date and time of the Visa appointment should be chosen.
NOTE: As of January 2022 all applicants must submit their Visa applications in person only since their biometrics will be completed at the time of Visa application submission.
The exceptions to the collection of biometric data requirements are:
- children under the age of 12 years old,
- diplomatic and service passport holders applying for appropriate Visa types,
- individuals with disabilities that make it impossible to collect biometric data.
2. A national passport, valid for at least 90 days after the expiration date of the requested Visa and having at least two blank Visa-designated pages. A passport can't be valid for more than 10 years.
3. One color photo - recent, passport-sized, resembling the applicant's travel document photo (your passport photo must be full face, front view on a plain white or off-white background).
4. Valid international medical insurance, coverage of at least $35,000. When a multi-entry Visa is requested, the availability of health insurance valid for the first intended visit to Ukraine shall be considered. Holders of diplomatic or service passports are exempt from this requirement.
5.Prof of sufficient financial means for the intended period of stay in Ukraine and return to the country of origin or transit to a third country or guarantee to obtain sufficient financial resources in Ukraine. When a multi-entry Visa is requested, financial sufficiency for the first planned visit to Ukraine shall be considered. Holders of diplomatic or service passports are exempt from this requirement.
6.Money order for a consular fee, unless otherwise stipulated by legislation or international treaties of Ukraine;
7.Proof of US immigration status for non-US citizens:
Proof of legal U.S. immigration status:
Permanent Resident Card- original document.
Original (copies are not accepted) of the following:
Valid US Visa (e.g., H1B, F1)
Advance Parole Document
Employment Authorization Card
Valid DS 2019 (Formerly IAP66)
Valid I-20 (signed by a school official)
Valid I-94 Arrival / Departure Record
8.DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE PURPOSE OF THE VISIT
TRANSIT VISA (VB)
Transit Visa allows transit through the territory of Ukraine within a period of 5 days. Travelers can apply for one entry, two entries, as well as multiple entries within the period of one year.
B-01 Visa Proof of transit (entry to a third country (if necessary), ticket, etc.);
B-02 Visa Confirmation of international transit of person or goods.
B-03 Visa Valid license for international freight.
Valid for NON-US citizens (check the Visa-free regime section).
Be advised that NON-US citizens have to present a US Permanent Residence Card or valid US Visa.
SHORT-TERM VISA (VC)
Short-term Visas allows to stay in Ukraine for less than 90 days within 180 days starting from the first entry to Ukraine. This Visa will be issued as a one-entry, two entries, and multiple entries valid for the period of up to 5 years.
Letter of invitation from a legal person registered in Ukraine, presented on the official letterhead, containing an indication of the number assigned in the Unified State Registry of legal entities, individual entrepreneurs and citizens’ associations, registration number, address, date and signature, the full name of the invited person, information about his/her date and place of birth, nationality, passport details, place of residence, the purpose of visit, duration of an intended visit to Ukraine, number of entries and place of stay in Ukraine, legal person’s obligations towards possible costs related to the invited person’s stay or departure from Ukraine;
a) Proof that a foreigner or stateless person is a spouse, parent or child of a Ukrainian citizen. Document or certificate issued not in Ukraine should be apostilled or legalized;
b) Notarized letter of invitation from a physical person – Ukrainian citizen, foreigner or stateless person who legally reside, temporarily or permanently, in Ukraine. Invitation shall contain full name of a physical person, details of his/her passport and temporary or permanent residency permit (for a foreigner or stateless person), address, and full name of the invited person, information about his/her date and place of birth, nationality, passport details, place of residence, the purpose of visit, duration of an intended visit to Ukraine, number of entries and place of stay in Ukraine, physical person’s obligations towards possible costs related to the invited person’s stay or departure from Ukraine. The invitation shall be appended by copies of a hosting person’s passport and temporary or permanent residency permit in Ukraine (for a foreigner or stateless person);
c) Proof that a foreigner or stateless person owns immovable property on the territory of Ukraine;
C-03 Visa Letter of invitation from a government body, government institution, state enterprise, or government organization;
C-04 Visa Contract on transit carriage of cargo or passenger by automobile transport, and license for international freight;
C-05 Visa Ukrainian foreigner’s ID. A spouse of a Ukrainian foreigner and his/her children shall submit proof of kinship;
C-06 Visa Documents confirming that the purpose of travel is tourism (tourist voucher, prepaid tour, or tourism activity confirmation) in addition to this hotel or apartment booking confirmation is required;
C-07 Visa Letter of invitation from a healthcare institution;
C-08 Visa Document attesting to foreign investment activity, according to the legislation on foreign investment regime on the territory of Ukraine;
C-09 Visa (activities in the field of culture, science, education, sports) Invitation from a legal person registered in Ukraine, presented on the official letterhead, containing an indication of the number assigned in the Unified State Registry of legal entities, individual entrepreneurs, and citizens’ associations, registration number, date and signature, the full name of the invited person, information about his/her date and place of birth, nationality, passport details, place of residence, the purpose of visit, duration of an intended visit to Ukraine, number of entries and place of stay in Ukraine, legal person’s obligations towards possible costs related to the invited person’s stay or departure from Ukraine;
C-10 Visa Letter of invitation from a religious organization agreed with a government agency that registered the charter (regulation) of a corresponding religious organization for a short-term stay with the purpose of preaching a set of beliefs, the performance of religious rituals or other faith-related activity;
C-11 Visa Request from a foreign mass media about the issuance of a Visa for a foreign correspondent or representative of a foreign mass media who enters Ukraine for a short-term stay with the purpose of performing job-related responsibilities;
C-12 Visa Request from government bodies of foreign states and international organizations (intergovernmental);
C-13 Visa Order of the Central Election Commission on registration of official observers from foreign states and international organizations for presidential elections, parliamentary elections, local elections, and national referendums;
C-14 Visa Proof of participation in the funeral of a close relative;
C-15 Visa (internal and external affairs in Ukraine interests, humanitarian) Letter of invitation from a government body, government institution, state enterprise or government organization;
C-16 Visa (liquidation of the consequences of an emergency situation) Letter of invitation from a government body, government institution, state enterprise or government organization;
C-17 Visa (for pilots and crew members on international flights).
LONG-TERM, MULTIPLE-ENTRY VISA (VD)
Long-term, multiple-entry Visascould be issued for applicants entering Ukraine with the purpose of obtaining documents permitting a stay in Ukraine for a period of longer than 90 days. Within 90 days from the moment of entry to Ukraine a holder of a long-term Visa should legalize his status in Ukraine (apply to relevant authorities in Ukraine for a permanent/temporary residence permit or special stamp to the passport).
D-01 Visa A copy of the Permission to immigrate in Ukraine arranged by the State Immigration Service of Ukraine.
D-14 Visa Certificate of Marriage with a citizen of Ukraine (please attach a copy of your spouse's passport). Document or certificate issued not in Ukraine should be apostilled or legalized;
D-15 Visa Document of the person who is a relative of the foreign citizen, the holder of a Ukrainian Permanent/Temporary Card as well as a copy of Permanent/Temporary Card;
D-02 Visa Proof that the applicant is a family member of a person who has been granted refugee status in Ukraine or a person in need of subsidiary protection who has been granted subsidiary protection in Ukraine.
D-03 Visa Request from competent authorities of foreign states or international organizations to issue Visas to employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts, international organizations and their representations who enter Ukraine for a long-term stay with the purpose of performing job-related responsibilities, and their family members;
D-10 Visa Letter of invitation from a relevant government agency responsible for the implementation of cultural, educational, scientific, sport, or volunteering programs for participation in which a foreigner or stateless person arrives in Ukraine, or letter of invitation from an organization or institution that engages volunteers in their activity, information about which is placed on the official website of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, accompanied by the copy of state registration certificate of this organization or institution.
D-04 Visa Employment authorization document - (DOZVIL NA PRATSEVLASHTUVANNIA) in the name of the applicant issued by The Ukrainian State Center of Employment and obtained for him/her in advance by an employer in Ukraine. Foreigners and stateless persons whose employment, according to the law, is not subject to employment authorization shall instead submit an employment agreement (contract), and persons with foreign Ukrainian status shall submit an employment agreement (contract) and foreign Ukrainian’s ID.
International technical assistance
D-05 Visa Original letter of Invitation from a Ukrainian government institution, state enterprise, or organization that is a recipient of International technical assistance as well as the confirmation of registration of the International technical assistance project.
Special Attention for the Fulbright Program Members
The member of the above-mentioned Program has to present a copy of the Registration Card of the International Technical Assistance Project in Ukraine (issued by the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine) and the Letter-Invitation from the beneficiary Ministry of Ukraine.
For example, if the beneficiary Ministry of the International Technical Assistance Project in Ukraine is the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine the Applicant has to present a Letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
According to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine # 567 dated 01 June 2011 such category of Applicants will receive a Long-term Visa (D type) for up to 90 days. The Visa has to be issued free of charge.
During 90 days the beneficiary Ministry in Ukraine will arrange a Permanent/Temporary Residence Card which will allow staying and entering in Ukraine without Visas.
To stay and live in Ukraine together with family the members of the Program have to receive a Permanent/Temporary Residence Card, and send a copy of this card to the family and members of the family (spouse, kids) can apply to the Embassy for Family Reunion Visa.
D-06 Visa An original letter of invitation from a Ukrainian religious organization for a foreign missionary must contain or be accompanied by a written confirmation under the signature and seal of a responsible official of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine on Religious Matters or of the department on religious matters of a regional or city administration depending on where the sponsoring organization is registered.
D-13 Visa To obtain Ukraine’s entrance Visa (student Visa) it is necessary to submit to the Consulate an original letter of invitation to study issued by a higher education institution and registered according to the procedure established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine;
Attention! Prior to your departure to Ukraine check the list of documents according to the requirements of your college or university.
All documents issued in a country other than Ukraine (certificates, passport etc., including translations) have to be witnessed (Apostilled) in accordance with para 6 of the Act of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #1238 of August 05th, 1998;
Foreign students that have obtained a Visa to Ukraine have to notify the education facility (that issued an invitation to them) about their arrival date and flight information.
Branch of foreign company
D-07 Visa An Original letter of invitation from a branch office, division, representation or other structural units of a civil society (non-governmental) organization of a foreign state, as well as the confirmation from the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine about the registration of the branch of a foreign company;
D-08 Visa An Original letter of invitation from a branch office, division, representation of a foreign business operator, as well as the confirmation from the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine about the registration of the branch of a foreign company.
Branch of foreign bank
D-09 Visa An Original letter of Invitation from the branch of a foreign bank as well as the confirmation from the National Bank of Ukraine about the registration of the branch of a foreign bank.
D-11 Visa Request from a foreign mass media outlet about the issuance of Visa for a foreign correspondent or representative of a foreign mass media outlet who enters Ukraine for a long-term stay with the purpose of performing job-related responsibilities.
D-16 Visa According to the international treaties of Ukraine.
Visa issuance is subject to a processing fee in US dollars payable to the Consulate General of Ukraine in Houston only in the form of a Money Order only at the time of the application.
Cash, credit cards, and personal or company checks are not accepted.
Type of operation
Up to 5 days
Transit Visa (VB)
Single entry Visa
Double entry Visa
Multi entry Visa
Short-term Visa (VC)
Single entry Visa
Double entry transit Visa
Multi-entry transit Visa
Long-term one-entry Visa (VD)
Single entry Visa
This charge is not refundable.
Processing times, requirements, and fees are subject to change without notice.
ATTENTION! For some countries, including the USA, and Visa types different fees are applied:
For foreigners traveling to Ukraine proof of sufficient funds is required.
Foreigners intending to travel to Ukraine, reside in Ukraine, or travel through Ukraine are required to possess the amount of funds equal to 20 days' worth of average monthly per capita subsistence minimums, established in Ukraine on the day of arrival.
Therefore, a foreigner traveling to Ukraine is to possess an average daily amount of approximately $130 U.S., adding an extra 5 days reserve ($650 US).
The documents as follows may be presented to prove sufficient funds:
• Cash in Ukrainian hryvnia or in convertible currency;
• A valid bank document containing an account balance that can be presented for payments in Ukrainian banks;
• International pay system cards along with a statement of personal account balance confirming the funds;
• A tourist voucher;
• A letter of invitation (guarantee) from the host/sponsor stating his/her ability to cover all the foreigner's expenses associated with the residence in Ukraine and departing its territory;
Foreign travelers may be required to present proof of their financial status for the purpose of selective control at Ukrainian border checkpoints while entering (including transit) the territory of Ukraine.
No proof of sufficient funds is required for the categories of visitors as follows:
• Foreigners or stateless persons under 18;
• Tourists on a cruise;
• Foreign aircrew and warship crew who arrive in Ukraine according to the applicable regulations (on terms agreed upon);
• Non-military vessel crew;
• Non-military crew of international airlines or international connection trains, who are on duty and reside within the facilities of airports or train stations;
• Heads of foreign states or governments, members of parliamentary or governmental delegations, and technical staff with the above representatives or their family members (accompanying on request of central authorities of Ukraine);
• When in service: officials of international organizations, staff members of their local branches in Ukraine, staff members of state representatives to international organizations that have headquarters in Ukraine and who are eligible for diplomatic privileges and immunities;
• UN certificate holders and officials of other organizations of the UN system, their family members;
• Chiefs of foreign diplomatic missions and consular offices, members of diplomatic personnel, consular officers, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic and consular institutions, staff of military attaché and trade representatives, and their family members;
• Diplomatic and Service Passport Holders who travel to Ukraine to perform their official duties, and their family members.
Consular Officer may request additional documents or invite a certain person for an additional interview.
Visa processing starts only after the submission of all necessary documents.
Check the received Visa carefully so that you know its validity period. You are responsible for knowing the rules for the type of Visa you have. Remember, in Ukraine the date is written day-month-year. If you come to Ukraine before, you will be stopped at the border, not allowed to enter Ukraine, and required to return to your point of origin at your own expense.
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