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| Updated on Nov 2, 2018

Can I enter Ukraine with a Schengen visa?

When they travel, some people prefer to apply and obtain a multiple-entry Schengen visa. That allows them to enter any country that is a part of the Schengen Area Treaty. Unfortunately, Ukraine is not a part of that treaty, and while there are a few countries in the world that accept a Schengen visa, Ukraine is not one of them. As a result, you need to apply for a visa before you leave for Ukraine.

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What is my alternative?

The best way to apply for a Ukraine visa is online. Of course, you need to be eligible to apply for one, but you can easily find that out using iVisa’s Visa Checker. If you qualify, you will be able to apply in just 20 minutes. iVisa provides excellent visa expediting services, and your effort in the whole process will be almost non-existent.

As for the requirements, the details are still to be decided, but there are some available guidelines that should help you gather everything you need. Below, you will find a list of information and documents you need to provide so that iVisa can get the application process started.

  • Valid passport – every applicant who wishes to visit Ukraine and is eligible for an electronic visa needs to have a valid passport. However, the said passport needs to be valid for at least another six months from the date of arrival in the country. This is a general rule applicable to almost all electronic visas.

  • Digital photo – just how you are required to provide a passport-sized photo for your consular visa, the same way it is necessary you have your picture taken for an electronic visa. The only difference is that you need this one in a digital format. After all, you need to upload it during the application process.

  • E-mail address – one of the best things about electronic visas is that you receive the document you apply for in a digital format. Your Ukraine e-visa arrives via e-mail in PDF format.

  • Means of online payment – you cannot pay for your electronic visa using cash. You need to use an online payment method. iVisa accepts credit or debit cards, but you can also use PayPal, WeChat, or Alipay. Whichever you find most comfortable.

As you can imagine, you must also fill in an application form, but do not worry. The form created by iVisa is concise. You should be done with it in no more than 20 minutes, and if you feel stuck, you can call iVisa’s support service. It is free of charge and available 24/7.

You need to complete three steps. The first one consists of general information, but you must also select a processing time. The latter will determine the cost of your visa and the timeframe in which your application is processed.

The second step consists of payment and revision. As for the latter, you need to be very careful so that your information is accurate and all the words are spelled correctly. Any inconsistency will make your Ukraine visa invalid.

The last step is all about document upload. Do not be concerned about not knowing what you need to upload because iVisa will notify you about that. After you are done, just submit your application and wait for your Ukraine e-visa to arrive in your e-mail inbox.

So to answer your question again, no, you cannot enter Ukraine with a Schengen visa. However, you do have other valid options you can use. The electronic visa is one of them, but if you are not eligible, you need to go to the nearest Ukrainian embassy and apply there.

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