Entry to Ukraine for Latvian citizens: do foreigners need a visa in 2023?
Latvians can enter the territory of Ukraine on the basis of a visa-free regime. However, there are cases when foreign citizens need to apply for a visa. Find out more about the rules for entering Ukraine from Latvia and what documents are required to apply for a visa
The introduction of martial law did not affect the migration legislation and the rules of entry into Ukraine. Both Ukrainians and foreigners can cross the state border. Tourists traveling to Ukraine are required to issue a visa or prepare documents for visa-free entry, the list of which depends on the traveler's citizenship.
A visa-free regime has been established between Latvia and Ukraine, so in most cases Latvians have the right to unhindered entry to Ukraine, in particular for tourist trips. However, there are exceptions when travelers from Latvia will have to issue a permit to enter Ukraine.
Read about the rules of visa-free travel and situations when Latvians may need a visa to Ukraine in our material.
It should be noted that in the first half of 2023, more than 5 thousand tourists from Latvia visited Ukraine.
Rules for visa-free travel from Latvia to Ukraine?
In order to obtain the right to visa-free entry to Ukraine, the travel of a citizen of Latvia must meet the following two requirements:
● Planned stay of less than 90 days within a 180-day period.
● The purpose of the trip is tourism, visiting relatives, seminars or other short-term trips. It is forbidden to work or study without a visa.
List of documents for visa-free entry to Ukraine
The basis for crossing the border of Ukraine is a valid foreign passport. It is also necessary to have:
● confirmation of the purpose of the trip;
● sufficient financial support for the entire period of the planned stay in Ukraine and for returning to the country of origin;
● absence of a decision of the authorized state body of Ukraine to prohibit entry into Ukraine.
Also, foreigners do not need to provide proof of vaccination and wear a protective mask. Since July 1, all restrictions and quarantine measures related to the Covid-19 epidemic have been canceled in Ukraine.
How to confirm the purpose of a trip to Ukraine?
Depending on the purpose of the trip, it can be confirmed with one of the following documents:
● Visiting relatives – invitations from citizens of Ukraine (family members, acquaintances, friends, etc.).
● Attending events – invitations/tickets to seminars, exhibitions, fairs.
● Medical tourism – documents about treatment in medical institutions;
● Business visit – written confirmation of a meeting, conference, etc.; invitations from companies and organizations.
Financial support for travel to Ukraine
For a comfortable stay in Ukraine, you need an average of $45 per day per person.
Representatives of the State Border Service conduct a check of financial support on a selective basis. You can confirm the availability of a sufficient amount of funds in cash by providing a bank statement, an ATM check, etc.
When does a citizen of Latvia need a visa to travel to Ukraine?
It is necessary to issue a visa for entering Ukraine in the following two cases, if:
1. The planned period of stay in Ukraine exceeds 90 days;
2. You plan to work or study in Ukraine.
It is necessary to obtain a long-term visa (type "D") before traveling, at the embassy or consulate of Ukraine located in Latvia. It is better to apply for a visa three months before the planned trip to Ukraine.
After arriving in Ukraine on the basis of a long-term visa, it is necessary to issue 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. An immigration lawyer will help you understand all the intricacies of Ukrainian legislation. Order a consultation of highly qualified specialists using the link.
How to get from Latvia to Ukraine?
The airspace in Ukraine is closed, so in order for your trip to pass as quickly and comfortably as possible, you should plan it in advance.
The most convenient and popular option for a trip to Ukraine among foreigners is to fly to one of the European airports located near the Ukrainian border and continue the trip to the chosen Ukrainian city by bus or train. Also, many tourists prefer to travel by their own car.
We have prepared for you some of the most convenient travel routes from Latvia to Ukraine. Look for them at the link.
Do foreigners visit Ukraine during the war?
Even in the conditions of martial law, Ukraine continues to hospitably receive foreign tourists from all over the world. According to the official statistics of the State Border Service, provided at the request of Visit Ukraine, more than 1.3 million foreigners visited Ukraine in the first half of 2023 alone. Most often, citizens of Moldova, Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia came to the state. Representatives of the USA, Vietnam, Brazil, New Zealand and many other most unexpected places also crossed the border.
How to plan a trip to Ukraine? Useful tips from Visit Ukraine
● 1 step – Booking a tour
If you plan to visit Ukraine for the purpose of tourism, book an interesting and most importantly safe tour.
● Step 2 – Buying tickets
An important stage of preparing a trip to Ukraine is the process of purchasing tickets. To make your trip as comfortable as possible, you should choose only proven ticket purchase services. 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 see the schedule and make a reservation by following the link.
● Step 3 – Search for housing
Ukraine has a very wide base of accommodation facilities. During your vacation, you can stay in a hotel with different stars, a hostel, rent an apartment or rest in a guest house. Also, when booking a hotel, pay attention to the availability of nearby shelters.
● Step 4 – Travel insurance
The medical insurance policy is a mandatory document for visa-free entry to Ukraine. However, when traveling to Ukraine under martial law, it is worth taking care of an insurance policy that covers the indemnification of war-related risks. Insure your health and life in order to receive financial compensation in the event of an insured event. The insurance policy applies to foreign citizens, subjects of another state and stateless persons. There are no age restrictions. Military risk insurance is a guarantee of your protected stay on the territory of Ukraine. Apply for reliable insurance quickly and easily using the link.
● Step 5 – Preparation for the trip
Your journey to Ukraine begins at the moment of boarding a plane, train or car. In order for it to be unforgettable and comfortable, it is important to prepare the necessary arsenal of things in advance. Find out what you should take with you on vacation in our material. Also, familiarize yourself with the most typical mistakes that foreign tourists make when planning a trip to Ukraine, so as not to repeat them.
● Step 6 – Tips for car owners
If you plan to travel to Ukraine in your own car, be sure to purchase a "Green Card" insurance policy. We talked in detail about the rules for traveling to Ukraine by car with foreign registration in this article.
You can check the current state of queues for entry into Ukraine from Europe by following the link.
Tourists who will come to Ukraine without their own transport are advised to rent a car in order to feel more mobile.
● Step 7 – Rules for safe travel in Ukraine
When traveling through Ukraine under martial law, be sure to follow safety rules and do not violate the curfew. The Visit Ukraine team is ready to provide assistance to tourists at any stage of preparation for a trip to Ukraine, as well as during their stay in the country.
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