Ukraine introduced a visa regime for Russians

A visa can be issued at visa centers or in third countries, but it is not a guarantee that a Russian will be allowed into the country

Ukraine has introduced a visa regime for all Russian citizens entering its territory, it begins to operate from July 1. From that day, the agreement between the governments of Russia and Ukraine “On visa-free trips of citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation and the application of certain international treaties between Ukraine and the Russian Federation” ceased to operate. Now Russians will not be able to enter the territory of Ukraine, stay in the country and leave its borders, as well as transit through it if they do not have a visa. It can be issued at VFS Global Visa Application Centers in eight Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don and Samara) or in third countries.

At the same time, the very fact of having a visa does not guarantee that a Russian will be allowed to cross the border: the final decision on the entry of foreign citizens will be made by border guards, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stressed.

On the morning of February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, after which Zelensky introduced martial law in the country and announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Russia. The Verkhovna Rada has repeatedly extended martial law, the last time it happened on May 22. As of June 26, it is known that martial law in Ukraine will remain until at least August 23.

According to the Visit Ukraine portal, air traffic has been suspended for the duration of martial law in the country, but foreigners can enter and leave Ukraine using land transport. Ukrainian checkpoints on the borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova continue to work, however, checkpoints on the borders with Russia, Belarus and the unrecognized Transnistrian Republic are closed.

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