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Old 16th April 2014, 08:32
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Can anyone help me with trying to work out the timeline of Ukraine tourists visa rules for EU (and if different, UK) citizens since 2004?

I recall that in 2004 a tourist visa for UK citizens was required. Now no visa is required.

When was the change? Did it apply to all EU citizens equally? Was there only one change or did the rules change more than once?
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Old 29th September 2015, 13:52
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90 days in and 90 days out!

During the 5+ years I've been coming to Ukraine, as a British subject I have been subject to the 90 days stay rule. On one occasion I benefited from an unplanned fall when I injured my ankle and was unfit to travel. Consequently when I finally departed from Ukraine I had overstayed my 90 days and was told I would have to pay a fine. However, I had the trauma clinic doctor's report in my possession and when I presented it I was told to wait. I believe the border agency telephoned the doctor to check out the certificate was genuine. After a long wait I was told I could go without a fine. Fortunately, on that occasion I was travelling by road, but had I have been flying I would have undoubtedly missed my flight.

On another occasion I miscalculated my days count and on departure from Donetsk airport (before the war) to depart on a budget flight at 01:30 in the morning. The border guard informed me I had overstayed and marched me down to the bank to pay a fine. On yet another occasion departing from Borispol airport I had once again overstayed. I had important social engagements that I had wished to attend so I decided to take a chance. Once again I was escorted to the airport bank to pay the fine. A charming lady officer explained nicely to me that the law is the law and that I should obey it. I now plan my life using day counter stop/start software on my smartphone as I now tend to come and go at shorter intervals and keeping check of the maximum rolling of 90 days in a 180 day period isn't easy.

I have observed another Brit who eventually married his Ukrainian sweetheart after having document hunted from both the UK and within Ukraine to furnish all the necessary documents required to enact the marriage process. I have observed his frustration and pain. He is now embarking on a similar frustrating episode trying to get a residency visa resulting from the marriage. Having witnessed my sweetheart's traipsing around Ukraine government departments in endless queues to get her driving licence renewed and again going through the necessary registration as a "refugee" from Lugansk now living in Kiev, I have decided to give Ukraine government offices a wide berth.

I understand that as I get older my current transient lifestyle will become difficult but I live in hopes that the new drive by the Poshenko administration to shake off the Soviet yoke and bring Ukraine's administration closer to European standards, that future marriage/residency applications may become easier and faster without an extra sum of non official payment being required to lubricate the process.
Meanwhile myself and others must cope wit the 90 day rule:

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Old 17th October 2015, 07:11
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I understand that the fine in only 900 hrn. Right?
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Old 17th October 2015, 20:28
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Ukraine visa overstay fine

Ak Mike, the last time I had to pay the fine (around two years+ ago) it was 850 UAH.
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Old 17th October 2015, 22:13
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Close enough! Thanks!

I may have to pay that for my wife when we head out..
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Old 19th April 2016, 08:02
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I did find out that IF the fine is paid ahead of time at the local OVIR, it speeds things up at the airport on exit. Carry the receipt and show it to the customs guys instead of pleading then being sent to the bank/ payment window then scurrying back to the gate.


++++++ NOTE +++++++

There are a few reports of people being banned from Ukraine for up to 5 years for overstaying the 90 day window.

Prepayment at the local OVIR seems to preclude that problem so far. Ten days of border hopping are over now that they're set up with the computers
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