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Entering Ukraine: when do Dutch citizens need a visa to cross the Ukrainian border?

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Entering Ukraine: when do Dutch citizens need a visa to cross the Ukrainian border?

Ukraine and the Netherlands have a visa-free regime, but in some cases Dutch citizens still need to apply for a visa to enter Ukraine. Find out all about the current rules for crossing the Ukrainian border and the peculiarities of planning a trip during martial law

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The beauty of Ukrainian nature, the atmosphere of cities, rich culture, delicious cuisine and courageous Ukrainian people interest and attract many foreigners. Tourists go to Ukraine despite military risks and closed airspace.

Foreigners travel to KyivLvivOdesa, explore the Ukrainian Carpathians and other popular tourist destinations in Ukraine.

Citizens of the Netherlands, like citizens of other EU countries, have the right to enter Ukraine under a simplified procedure. Read more about the visa regime and rules for crossing the Ukrainian border.


It should be noted that over 4 thousand tourists from the Netherlands visited Ukraine in the first half of 2023.


Do citizens of the Netherlands need a visa to Ukraine?


Citizens of the Netherlands have the right to cross the Ukrainian border without a visa.

● Rules for visa-free travel to Ukraine:

- the period of stay in Ukraine should not exceed 90 days every 180 days;

- to cross the border, you must have a foreign passport;

- travel is allowed only for the purpose of tourism, private visits, short-term business meetings, participation in conferences, etc.


List of documents for visa-free entry to Ukraine for citizens of the Netherlands


To enter Ukraine, a citizen of the Netherlands must provide:

● valid foreign passport;

● health insurance policy;

● confirmation of the purpose of travel: hotel reservations, apartment rental contracts, travel vouchers, invitations/tickets to seminars, exhibitions, fairs, documents on medical treatment, written confirmation of a meeting, conference, invitations from companies and organizations, etc.

● sufficient level of financial support ($45 per day per person): cash in hryvnia or other convertible foreign currency, bank cards, statements and checks from ATMs.


Importantly! If a decision of an authorized state body of Ukraine prohibiting entry into Ukraine has been approved for a person, then such a tourist will be denied border crossing.

From July 1, 2023, all quarantine restrictions due to the Covid-19 epidemic were canceled in Ukraine. From now on, foreigners do not need to provide proof of vaccination when crossing the border and wear a protective mask.




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When a citizen of the Netherlands may need a visa to travel to Ukraine


There are certain cases when it is necessary to issue a visa to enter Ukraine:

1. When the planned period of stay in Ukraine exceeds 90 days.

2. If a foreigner goes to Ukraine for the purpose of employment - foreigners are hired by employers on the basis of an employment permit. In turn, this permit is the basis for obtaining the appropriate type of Ukrainian visa and a permit for temporary residence in Ukraine, which is valid during the period of validity of the employment permit. Usually, a visa is issued for one year.

3. In order to obtain an education in Ukraine, it is necessary to obtain a study visa.


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 lawyers using the link.


How to plan a trip to Ukraine from the Netherlands in 2023?


● How to get from the Netherlands to Ukraine?


At the moment, the airspace of Ukraine is closed, so you can get there only by land transport.

The most convenient route is to fly to one of the European airports located near the Ukrainian border and continue the journey by train or bus. All possible travel options from the Netherlands to Ukraine are collected in our material.

You can see the schedule, plan your trip and buy a ticket to Ukraine by following the link. VisitUkraine offers train, air and bus tickets from reliable carriers.

Also, quite a lot of foreigners prefer to travel by their own car. Useful tips and rules for driving a car with foreign registration in Ukraine at the link.


● Is insurance required to enter Ukraine from the Netherlands?


Medical insurance is mandatory for entry into Ukraine, however, in conditions of martial law and active hostilities, there are additional risks that should be considered when traveling. In order to have reliable protection while traveling in Ukraine, it is worth taking out insurance that covers military risks. This policy is designed to cover general medical services, as well as accidents resulting from military operations, passive military risks, terrorist acts, etc. Read more about the benefits of this type of insurance at the link.


● Where to stay in Ukraine?


There are many hotels of different levels in Ukraine. Depending on the purpose of the trip, the tourist will be able to choose the most appropriate option - family hotels, luxury mini-hotels, luxury boutique hotels, hostels, apartments, etc.

The largest database of safe hotels in Ukraine by link.


We remind you that the security situation in the country requires more careful preparation for travel. Read our previous article to find out whether it is worth traveling to Ukraine now and how much such a trip will cost.




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