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Ukrainian visa for Australian citizens

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Ukraine is a mystery for Australian citizens as it is not only located on the other continent but also has a completely different nature, customs, and traditions. Residents of the smallest continent in the world are always welcomed by the Ukrainian population as they are a hospitable and interesting nation. Australian citizens are invited to visit Ukraine at any time of the year to see the most of its beauty and experience all the kinds of entertainment, but there is one important document required - Ukrainian visa for Australian citizens. Passport holders from Australia can not cross the border of Ukraine without a visa, so here us information how to receive it.

How to get a Ukrainian visa for Australian citizen?

A visa to Ukraine should be obtained prior to the travel. A citizen of Australia should turn to the Embassy of Ukraine to apply for a visa. In average, visa processing takes from 10 working days and can be prolonged up to 30 calendar days in case of any additional checks needed. There is also a possibility to order an urgent visa (up to 5 working days) but it costs twice more than an ordinary one.

Applying for a visa the Embassy requires submitting the following documents:

  • A national passport that has been issued not later than 10 years ago, has at least two blank pages for visas and will be valid not less than for 3 months after the date a received visa is expired.
  • A filled-in application form with the signature.
  • A consular fee receipt and its copy.
  • International health insurance covering not less than 30 thousand EUR.
  • Financial sufficiency proof.
  • Additionally, if you travel with the child, you should also submit the passport of a child, a joint request signed by a mother and a father, and a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Types of visas for Australian citizens

When you go to Ukraine, visa for people from Australia can be of several types:

  • Transit visa: it allows transmitting through the territory of the country within 5 days.
  • Short-term visa: it allows staying on the territory of the country for up to 90 days.
  • Long-term visa: it is the one-entry visa for people, who are going to stay in the country for more than 90 days and are obliged to get permitting documents for this purpose.

Short-term visas can have different purposes. They can be issued by the business, tourist, religious, medical treatment, private, official, mass media, investment purposes.Long-term visas are given to the people who travel to Ukraine for employment, immigration, protection, wish to visit the family members, have a spouse or were invited officially for other purposes.

Visa-on-arrival for citizens of Australia

In 2016 a new kind of visa to Ukraine for citizens of Australia was arranged. It is called a visa-on-arrival and it can be obtained only under some conditions including:

  • Only tourists and people coming on business purpose can obtain this kind of visa and that should be accompanied with evidence like hotel booking, a contract with the travel agency, travel vouchers, letter of invitation etc.
  • It is advisable to pre-fill the application form on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • It allows staying in the country up to 15 days.
  • Arrival in Ukraine is possible only through the International Airports located in Kiev, Boryspil and Odessa and Odessa sea port.

Tips for citizens of Australia, who plan a trip to Ukraine

The Australian Embassy in Kiev is not authorized to help with obtaining visas, so all the information about it receipt can be received in the Embassy of Ukraine. To prolong the stay in the country or apply for residence one should turn to the State Migration Service of Ukraine.

There are also some important issues to consider if you plan a trip to Ukraine:

  • Visa to Ukraine costs money. The average visa fee is about 130 Australian dollars per ordinary procedure. The express procedure will cost twice more. The payment for a visa-on-arrival must be processed in UAH, USD or EUR.
  • Application for a visa should be submitted only personally or by an authorized party.
  • Cash and jewelry are to be declared on the arrival.
  • There are recommendations of the Embassy about the amount of money to be taken to and out of the country.
  • Ensure that your passport will be valid at least for 6 months from the date you plan to return on.
  • Dual nationality is not recognized in Ukraine, so visa obtaining is a necessity.

Travelling to Ukraine it is necessary to obtain a visa or provide evidence that a citizen of Australia has a right to enter the country without it. There are two ways to get a visa: turn to the Embassy of Ukraine on the territory of Australia or apply for a visa-on-arrival having crossed the border of the country already. Any of them will allow Australian citizens arrive in Ukraine and stay here legally for a certain period of time.