IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Ukraine is poised to launch an e-visa program for nationals of 47 countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
What does the change mean? Once implemented, the program will allow nationals of the 47 countries to apply for e-visas valid for up to 30 days for business or tourist travel.
Background: Ukrainian officials announced the creation of an e-visa program in 2017, but implementation was delayed. E-visa procedures have now been put in place and officials are expected to begin accepting applications soon. Under current policies, nationals of the following countries will be eligible for e-visas:
Ukraine waives visa requirements altogether for nationals of roughly 60 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and European Union member states.
Those eligible for visa-free travel are eligible to stay in Ukraine for business or tourism for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
While the UAE remains on the e-visa list, the subsequent implementation of a visa-free travel agreement between the UAE and Ukraine means that obtaining e-visas is not necessary for UAE nationals.
BAL Analysis: The e-visa program will ease travel procedures to Ukraine for nationals of 47 countries. Travelers should note, however, that while the visas will be available for tourism or business, employment activities are prohibited on e-visas.
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