Citizens of Russia and most of the CIS countries do not need a visa to visit Ukraine. True, for some time now (namely, since March 2015) Russian citizens can enter Ukraine only with a foreign passport, and not with an internal passport. However, it is still not necessary to register at the place of temporary residence. According to COUNTRYAAH, Ukraine is a country that starts with letter U.
From January 1, 2018, citizens of the Russian Federation, when crossing the Ukrainian border, undergo a mandatory procedure for submitting biometric data (dactyloscopy and photography), if the international passport does not contain a chip with the specified information.
Entry into the country
When crossing the border of Ukraine, an entry stamp is placed in the passport. The passport, of course, must be valid for the entire duration of the trip; there are no additional requirements for a “reserve” of the validity period, as is often the case with other countries. You can stay on the territory of Ukraine without a visa for 90 days.
If a child crosses the border accompanied by one of the parents, a power of attorney from the remaining parent is formally optional, but in order to avoid extortion from the border guards, it is better to issue it and have it with you.
Arriving in Ukraine, you must register at the place of stay.
Entry to Ukraine for EU citizens
European Union passport holders can enter the country without the need for a visa. In this case, the validity of the passport must exceed the expected duration of the trip. You can stay in the country for no more than 90 days within six months.
Traveling with a child
In accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Ukraine on visa-free travel for citizens of the Russian Federation and Ukraine dated January 16, 1997 (as amended on February 26, 2007), in order to cross the border of Ukraine with minor children, the following is required:
- birth certificate with an insert about Russian citizenship;
- the original passport of the child, if he is already 14 years old;
- parent’s original passport.
If a child crosses the border accompanied by one of the parents, a power of attorney from the remaining parent is not required. However, the border authorities have been given the right to request additional documents from passengers, so the border services of Ukraine often require a power of attorney for a child if accompanied by one of the parents, referring to the laws of Ukraine, and in its absence they charge a fine or refuse entry into the country.
If the child arrives in Ukraine accompanied by third parties, it is necessary to provide a notarized power of attorney from the remaining parent to take the child out and a photocopy of the first page of the principal’s passport. If one of the parents died, was deprived of parental rights, went missing, or his location is unknown and communication with the family is not maintained, it is necessary to provide the relevant documents: a death certificate or a certificate from the police, a single mother’s book.