Entry to Ukraine for Irish citizens: do foreigners need a visa in 2023?
Ukraine's land borders are open to foreign travellers. Find out more about how to get to Ukraine from Ireland and whether you need a visa to cross the border
In the conditions of martial law, the airspace in Ukraine is closed, but the land borders work as usual. Both Ukrainians and foreigners have the right to enter the territory of the state, the main thing is to comply with migration requirements.
What are the rules of entry to Ukraine for citizens of Ireland? In most cases, Irish people do not need a visa to travel to Ukraine, but there are certain exceptions. We will tell you in detail later.
Does a citizen of Ireland need a visa to Ukraine?
Citizens of Ireland are entitled to visa-free entry to Ukraine if their trip meets the following two requirements:
● the planned length of stay is less than 90 days within a 180-day period;
● the purpose of the trip is tourism, visiting relatives or other short-term trips.
Importantly! It is prohibited to work and study without a visa.
List of documents for visa-free entry to Ukraine for Irish citizens
The basis for entering Ukraine is a valid foreign passport. It is also necessary to have:
● a document that will confirm the purpose of the trip to Ukraine - a tourist voucher, tickets to seminars, exhibitions, fairs, invitations from companies and organizations;
● proof of residence – hotel reservations, apartment rental contracts, etc.;
● confirmation of sufficient funds for stay in Ukraine ($45 per person for each day of stay in Ukraine).
Since July 1, all restrictions and quarantine measures related to the Covid-19 epidemic have been canceled in Ukraine. From now on, foreigners do not need to provide proof of vaccination and wear a protective mask.
When do Irish people need to issue a visa to Ukraine?
If the visit of an Irish citizen to Ukraine does not meet the requirements for visa-free entry, i.e. you plan to work in Ukraine, get an education or the duration of your trip is more than 90 days, then for such a trip it is necessary to obtain a visa.
The visa is issued before entering Ukraine at the embassy or consulate of the state. Apply for a long-term visa (type "D") three months before your planned trip to Ukraine.
After arriving in Ukraine on the basis of a visa, you need to obtain a residence permit. The procedure for obtaining a residence permit in Ukraine consists of several stages and requires the preparation of a certain list of documents. A migration lawyer will help you understand all the intricacies of Ukrainian legislation.
How to get to Ukraine from Ireland?
The distance from Dublin to the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, is more than 3,000 kilometers. Planning a trip in closed airspace can be quite difficult, but we have prepared the most convenient and fastest routes for you to make your trip as comfortable as possible. Look for them here.
Also, choosing a proven service for buying tickets is one of the most important stages in organizing a trip. That is why thousands of travelers book tickets on the Visit Ukraine portal. Plane, train or bus - a ticket for any type of transport in one place. You can order via the link.
Do tourists travel in Ukraine during the war?
Despite the state of war, tourists continue to explore Ukraine, because foreigners are attracted by the courage of the Ukrainian people, the beauty of nature, rich culture and the most mysterious places. In 7 months of 2023, more than 1.3 million tourists came to the country, and many travelers also visited Ukraine in 2022, see the link for more details.
Rules for safe travel to Ukraine for Irish people
Planning a trip to Ukraine should start with finding an interesting, and most importantly, safe tour. The largest database of routes from verified travel operators is available at the link.
If you plan to rent a hotel, pay attention to the presence of nearby shelters. Ukraine has a very wide base of accommodation facilities. During vacation, a tourist can stay in a hotel with different stars, a hostel, rent an apartment or rest in a guest house. You can book here.
It is also important to take care of an insurance policy that covers the indemnification of war-related risks: damages in the event of an accident due to hostilities or acts of terrorism, outpatient treatment, hospitalization and emergency care. Read about the advantages of military risk insurance in Ukraine here. Apply for reliable insurance quickly and easily using the link.
In order for the trip to be unforgettable and comfortable, it is important to prepare in advance the necessary arsenal of things that will ensure a trouble-free course of your trip to Ukraine. Find out what to take with you on a train or plane here.
Tourists who will come to Ukraine without their own transport are advised to rent a car in order to feel more mobile. Read how to do it in our material.
We talked about the mistakes tourists make when planning a trip to Ukraine here.
Ukraine is rich in natural wonders, UNESCO World Heritage sites, romantic cities, turbulent history and delicious cuisine. Therefore, we invite you on a fabulous journey.
We recommend purchasing it for a safe and comfortable trip to Ukraine:
Visit Ukraine Insurance - safe travel in Ukraine (insurance covering military risks);
Visit Ukraine Tickets - book bus and train tickets to/from Ukraine;
Visit Ukraine Tours - the largest online database of tours to Ukraine for every taste;
Visit Ukraine Hotels - book hotels for a comfortable stay in Ukraine;
Visit Ukraine Merch - choose patriotic clothing and accessories with worldwide delivery.
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