Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced how Russians can get a visa to enter the country

Russians will be able to obtain permission to enter Ukraine at visa centers in eight cities of Russia or in third countries, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said. Checkpoints on the border of the two states are closed after the start of the special operation

Russian citizens can obtain a visa to enter Ukraine at the visa centers of VFS Global, according to the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Given the cessation of the activities of Ukrainian embassies and consulates in the Russian Federation, Russian citizens in Russia can apply to the visa centers of an external service provider (VFS Global)”, — indicated in the publication.

Russian citizens who are in the territory of third countries can apply to foreign diplomatic institutions in these countries to obtain Ukrainian visas.

There are VFS Global visa centers in eight Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don and Samara. is not a country, the final decision on the entry of foreign citizens is made by the border guards.

The visa regime for Russians wishing to enter Ukraine will take effect from July 1. The measure was taken “as part of countering unprecedented threats to national security,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said on Telegram.

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Earlier, there was a visa-free regime between Russia and Ukraine. Russians could stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of their first entry into the country. It was possible to enter Ukraine if you had a passport with a validity period longer than the end of the trip.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine banned the entry of foreigners into the country, but later the ban was replaced by quarantine restrictions: the requirement for a vaccination certificate or a negative test for COVID-19.

On February 24, 2022, Russia began a special military operation in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin explained its purpose by the need to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from “genocide”; from the Kyiv regime. After that, Kyiv severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, introduced martial law and announced general mobilization.

For the duration of martial law in the country, air traffic was suspended, but the entry and exit of foreign citizens by land transport is allowed, follows from the data of the Visit Ukraine portal .

Ukrainian checkpoints on the borders with Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova are open, but checkpoints on the borders with Russia, Belarus and the unrecognized Transnistrian Republic are closed.

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