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Travel 2023: do Bulgarian citizens need a visa to Ukraine?

Bulgarian citizens can enter Ukraine on the basis of a visa-free regime, but in some cases they will still need to apply for a visa. Find out all about the current rules for entering Ukraine and other useful tips for foreigners

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In the conditions of martial law, the land borders of Ukraine work as usual. The rules of entry and migration legislation of the state have also not changed. Both citizens and foreigners have the right to cross the Ukrainian border. The main thing is to have an appropriate package of documents.

A visa-free regime has been established between Bulgaria and Ukraine, so in most cases Bulgarians have the right to unhindered entry to Ukraine, in particular for tourist trips. However, there are exceptions when foreigners need to obtain a visa to cross the Ukrainian border. Details in our material.


It should be noted that over 7 thousand tourists from Bulgaria visited Ukraine in the first half of 2023.


When do Bulgarians have the right to visa-free entry to Ukraine?


For visa-free entry to Ukraine, the travel of a Bulgarian citizen 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.

Importantly! It is forbidden to work or study without a visa.


What documents are required for visa-free entry to Ukraine?


Crossing the border of Ukraine is carried out on the basis of a foreign passport. It is also necessary to have:

● health insurance policy;

● confirmation of the purpose of the trip;

● availability of sufficient financial support for the entire period of the planned stay and for returning to the country of origin;

● absence of a decision of the authorized state body of Ukraine to prohibit entry into Ukraine.


Since July 1, all restrictions and quarantine measures related to the Covid-19 epidemic have been canceled in Ukraine. Therefore, foreigners do not need to provide proof of vaccination and wear a protective mask.


How to confirm the purpose of a trip to Ukraine?


The simplest and most effective way to substantiate the purpose of the visit is a notarized invitation from citizens of Ukraine - relatives, acquaintances, friends, etc.

In the absence of an invitation, the purpose of the visit can be confirmed by:

● availability of housing in Ukraine – hotel reservations, apartment rental contracts, etc.;

● tourist vouchers;

● invitations/tickets to seminars, exhibitions, fairs;

● documents on treatment in medical facilities;

● written confirmation of a meeting, conference, etc.;

● invitations from companies and organizations.




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How much money do you need to have for a trip to Ukraine?


The verification of financial support is carried out by authorized officials of the State Border Service on a selective basis. For a comfortable stay in Ukraine, you need an average of $45 per day per person. You can confirm the availability of financial support in cash by providing a bank statement, ATM check, etc.


When does a Bulgarian citizen need a visa to travel to Ukraine?


It is necessary to issue a visa for entering Ukraine if the planned period of stay in the country exceeds 90 days or if the foreigner plans to work or study in Ukraine.

It is necessary to issue a long-term visa (type "D") before traveling, at the embassy or consulate of Ukraine located in Bulgaria. 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 plan a trip to Ukraine? Useful tips from experienced travelers


● 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 – Planning a trip 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.

Look for even more convenient routes from Bulgaria to Ukraine in our material.


● Step 3 – 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 4 – 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. You can find housing by following the link.


● Step 5 – Take care of insurance

A 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 6 – 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 7 – Tips for car owners

  If you plan to travel to Ukraine in your own car, be sure to purchase a "Green Card" insurance policy. The rules for traveling in Ukraine by car with foreign registration were discussed in detail in this article.

You can check the current state of queues for entry into Ukraine from Europe by following the link.

In addition, we draw your attention to the fact that, despite the fact that checkpoints are open 24 hours a day, there is a curfew on the territory of Ukraine due to the state of war.

Tourists who will come to Ukraine without their own transport are advised to rent a car in order to feel more mobile.


When traveling through Ukraine under martial law, be sure to follow safety rules. Do you have any questions? Contact the managers of Visit Ukraine for help at any stage of preparation for a trip to Ukraine, as well as during your stay in the country.


Ukraine is a wonderful country rich in natural wonders, UNESCO World Heritage sites, turbulent history, delicious cuisine, romantic and mystical places, so we invite you on a fabulous journey!




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