Visa liberalisation for Ukraine: what does that mean?

Starting from 11th of June 2017, Ukrainian citizens who hold valid biometric passports will be exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the Schengen Area for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. This means that as of this date Ukrainian citizens in possession of a valid biometric passport no longer have to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa.

Therefore, the consular section of the Dutch Embassy in Kiev will no longer accept such short-stay-visa applications from Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports who intend to travel as of the 11th of June 2017.

However, the visa exemption does not mean that travelers will be automatically allowed to enter the territory of the Netherlands and other Schengen countries. Ukrainian citizens must be able to present to the border police all the documents explaining the purpose and conditions of their stay. For details about these documents, please check the website of the European Union (in Russian and Ukrainian) about visa free travelling: http://openeurope.in.ua/

Visa still required for:

- Ukrainian citizens who wish to apply for a national visa (D visa/MVV) for a stay for more than 90 days in the Netherlands. They are advised to contact the Embassy’s consular section via KIE-CA@minbuza.nl.

- Ukrainian citizen who wish to apply for a short term visa for the Kingdom of the Netherland in the Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St Eustatius, St Maarten or Saba). More information to acquire such visa can be found here on this website.

- Holders of non-biometric passports will still need to apply for a visa. For more information on how to apply, click here.