Omanis, Indians can now get visa on arrival in Ukraine

June 14, 2017

Omanis and Indians can now get visa on arrival (VOA) in Ukraine. The new regulation came into effect in April when Ukraine extended VoA facility to 19 nations, reflecting an openness to boost the country’s economy.

According to the Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the single-entry visas for tourism or business purposes can be issued upon arrival at its airports in Kiev and Odessa. Citizens of some of the countries that now get VOA are Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Honduras, Mexico among others.

However, travellers still have to prove their financial sufficiency for the intended period of stay and return to the country of origin, or transit to a third country. Situated in Eastern Europe and known for its orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains, Ukraine is a popular tourist destination for visitors primarily coming from Europe, Turkey and Israel.

With the VOA facility to more countries, Ukraine is now seeking to expand its tourist base to the Middle East as well as Asia. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.

Although Eastern Europe is not a popular destination for travellers from Oman, travel agents feel ease of visa access is important in creating interest in the destination. Something which has happened in the case of Georgia and Armenia. “Georgia is a classic example how a country can promote itself as a tourist destination by easing visa restrictions. Countries like Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland in Eastern Europe are not very popular in Oman but have a niche following which is slowly developing.

With Ukraine easing visa formalities its popularity can only grow,” said an official from a leading travel agency. The visa-waiver agreements come as Ukraine secured visa-free travel with European Union. The EU has granted visa-free travel to Ukrainians effective June 11, 2017, bringing the country one-step closer to participation in the EU family. Ukrainians with ePassports will be able to travel to most of the EU’s member states for a period of 90 days for business and tourism purposes.