Ukraine wants to tighten entry rules for foreigners: what is proposed

Olha GanyukovaSociety
Border guards will check the availability of the document

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is proposing to introduce new entry rules for foreigners. In particular, it will require foreign nationals to have an insurance policy covering war-related risks.

The corresponding draft law No. 9418 has been registered in the Parliament. Currently, foreigners and stateless persons can enter Ukraine if they have a valid passport, visa (unless otherwise provided by Ukrainian law), confirmation of the purpose of the visit, and sufficient financial security for the entire period of stay.

The authors of the new draft law propose to supplement this list with an insurance policy or certificate as a prerequisite for crossing the border. It is expected that this requirement will be in force during the period of martial law and for 2 years after its cancellation.

Such a policy must be issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine or a foreign company that has its own representative office in Ukraine or a contractual relationship with an insurance partner company in Ukraine.

The document must be valid for the entire period of the foreigner's stay in our country and cover the costs of medical care and compensation for risks associated with explosive objects. The document will be checked by border guards.

The new rules will not apply to foreigners and stateless persons permanently residing in Ukraine, as well as to refugees and persons in need of additional protection.

Also, employees of diplomatic missions and institutions, official international missions, organisations accredited in Ukraine, and their family members will not need insurance policies.

In addition, drivers and crews of road transport, aircraft, ships and trains do not need insurance. Neither do military instructors from NATO member states and countries participating in NATO's Partnership for Peace programme who train Ukrainian soldiers.

"Unfortunately, today there are no absolutely safe cities in Ukraine. And although the main fighting is concentrated in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine, the entire country is constantly under rocket fire, which, of course, poses a great threat to human life and health. In this regard, given the consequences of hostilities on the territory of Ukraine and the overall security situation, additional mechanisms should be provided to protect and minimise the risks associated with hostilities," the authors of the draft law explained.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Ukrainian border guards informed about changes in the procedure for children travelling abroad during martial law. Thus, applications for permission to temporarily take a child abroad accompanied by third parties issued after 23 May without using special forms of notarial documents on white paper and certified by a notary lose their validity.

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