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Entry to Ukraine in 2023: do Estonian citizens need a visa?



Entry to Ukraine in 2023: do Estonian citizens need a visa?

Estonians can enter the territory of Ukraine on the basis of a visa-free regime. However, there are cases when foreigners need to apply for a visa. Find out more about the rules for entering Ukraine from Estonia and the documents required to apply for a visa if you need one

Buy insurance for safe entry and stay in Ukraine
Buy insurance for safe entry and stay in Ukraine

Ukraine and Estonia have a visa-free regime, but in some cases, foreigners still need to obtain a visa to enter the country. We will tell you what entry rules apply to visa-free border crossing, when you need to obtain a visa, and how to prepare for a trip to a country at war.

Ukraine is a fascinating country with unique natural and historical sights. The desire to immerse themselves in Ukrainian culture encourages foreigners to come to the country, even though Russia continues to attack cities.

The visa-free regime makes it easier to come to Ukraine, but the closed airspace makes it necessary to plan your trip carefully and choose several types of transportation. Here are the rules of visa-free travel, tips for buying tickets to Ukraine, and the most convenient ways to get to the desired city.

Traveling from Estonia under the visa-free regime

Ukraine and Estonia have established a visa-free regime for their citizens. With valid identity documents, Estonians can freely travel to Ukraine. The visa-free regime allows for a 90-day stay in Ukraine within a 180-day period.

In order to avoid problems when crossing the border, a foreigner must have:

 a health insurance policy;

● confirmation of the purpose of the trip, such as hotel reservations, rental agreements, travel vouchers, tickets to seminars, exhibitions, fairs, invitations from companies, etc;

● proof of sufficient financial support - $45 per person for each day of stay in Ukraine.

Important! If foreigners plan to work or study in Ukraine, they must obtain an appropriate visa.

When do Estonian citizens need to apply for a visa to Ukraine?

A visa is required to enter Ukraine in the following cases:

● The planned period of stay in Ukraine exceeds 90 days;

● The foreigner plans to work or receive education;

● The foreigner plans to obtain a permanent residence permit in Ukraine.

Citizens of other countries can obtain one of three types of visas: 

● transit (type B) for traveling through the territory of Ukraine to a third country. The permitted period of stay on such a visa does not exceed 5 days;

● short-term (type C) for a stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days within 180 days;

● Long-term (type D) for further processing by the competent authorities of Ukraine of documents entitling to stay or reside in Ukraine for more than 90 days.

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List of documents required to obtain a visa to Ukraine

To obtain a visa, you need to prepare the following documents:

● A passport that is valid for three months from the date of arrival in Ukraine, contains at least two pages and is issued for a maximum of ten years;

● Visa application form (can be filled in online)

● a color photograph of 35*45 mm in size;

● a health insurance policy with at least EUR 30,000 coverage;

● a document confirming the availability of sufficient financial security;

● a document confirming payment of the consular fee.

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 get all the information about Ukrainian legislation. Book a specialist consultation by following the link.

How to get from Estonia to Ukraine?

The airspace in Ukraine is still closed, so the only way to come to Ukraine is to use land transportation. Since Estonia does not share a border with Ukraine, tourists need to choose either a bus or a flight with a subsequent train transfer. 

To simplify the planning process, we have prepared the most convenient ways to enter Ukraine from Estonia. Check out the most convenient routes here.

Where to find tickets?

There are a lot of bus companies connecting Europe and Ukraine. However, we recommend choosing reliable companies to make your experience pleasant and positive.

Buy train, bus, and plane tickets here.

Safety rules in Ukraine during the war

Due to the war, Ukraine is not a safe country to travel in. However, it is possible to minimize the risks if you follow the safety rules. We emphasize that after the announcement of an air danger signal, you should immediately go to the shelter. 

We also recommend that you purchase an insurance policy that covers compensation for war-related risks: losses in the event of an accident due to military operations or terrorist acts. Apply for reliable insurance quickly and easily by following the link.

Another component that will make your stay in Ukraine safe is a hotel with its own shelter. Check out the options here and choose the accommodation of your choice.

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.

Cooperation - cooperation and advertising integrations with Visit Ukraine and Visit World projects.

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