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UKRAINE– Increased Scrutiny of Russian Males on Entry

Due to the developing political situation in Ukraine and consequent change in relations with Russia, the State Border Service of Ukraine is limiting the entry of Russian male nationals aged 16 to 60 years.

Although there have been no announcements formalizing this, the limitations have been in practice since 17 April 2014.

What Are the Changes?

Previously all Russian nationals could enter Ukraine for stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period with their passports only.

Russian males are now being scrutinized at the port of entry, and may be turned away if not falling into one of the categories below.

  1. Russian males travelling with accompanying family;
  2. Russian males holding documents listed below:
  • Documents confirming kinship or serious illness / death of close relatives;
  • Notarized invitation from individuals or legal entities, or from state organizations and institutions of Ukraine;
  • Work permit;
  • Temporary residence permit or permanent residence permit in Ukraine;
  • Transit documentation (itineraries) showing departure from Ukraine;
  • Document showing employment as a driver of commercial vehicles engaged in international freight transportation, or as crew of aircraft or ships transiting through Ukraine.

There are currently no restrictions in practice for women, but entry requirements between Russia and Ukraine may change at short notice.

Action Items

  • It is recommended that Russian males, between 16 and 60 years of age, travelling to Ukraine enter with the required supporting documentation.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by ABEA Relocations.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.