So You Overstayed In Ukraine–Now What REALLY Happens?
The general rule of thumb for any foreigners in Ukraine is this: you can stay 90 out of a 180 day period.
What they don’t really tell you is the “wink-wink” part of that deal.
Essentially, you can stay in Ukraine as long as you want. The only catch is that you’re going to pay a fine when you leave–895 UAH to be exact. And it can definitely be a bit of a hassle.
I went through the airport in Kiev (overstayed a month and change) last week.
I took some brief notes down:
Here was my experience.
- Paid the 895 UAH fine.
- Took an hour and a half.
- Had a native girl with me, which sped it up a lot (and it was still kinda close).
- You head to passport control. They look at it. See you overstayed. Stop you.
- Take you to a side room. Take passport from you.
- Take ages to print out one damn paper.
- Take said paper down to banks on the first floor.
- Pray they aren’t on break and are willing to help you.
- Pay fine.
- Go back upstairs and through security (again). Cut a lot of angry people if necessary.
- Go collect passport and turn in receipt showing you paid the fine.
- Go through passport control (again).
Best advice? Be the first one in line at the airport for check in (only two hours before is allowed).
The good news is that once you get through the hassle, there is a nice lounge available for use!
In any case, let us know if you’ve got questions about overstaying your Ukrainian visa below. Ukraine Living has a lot of correspondents on the ground who have done it numerous times, and we have a lot of information to share.
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