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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).

Full rundown:

  • 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!

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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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Will

Hi there,

thanks for sharing your experience.
What about returning to Ukraine afterwards ? Is there a ban period or you can come back a few days later and enjoying the 90/180 rule ?

Thanks in advance.

Will

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    Ukraine Living

    Seems to vary, honestly. We’ve known some people come back in the next day, and others who have waited a month.

    The best bet is to probably just wait one month–highly unlikely they won’t let you in. Hell, a friend the other week overstayed by 3 months and they just looked at him, laughed, and let him go. No fine.

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    FillSlarp

    Good post about wonderful place. I’m currently planning new journey (to Germany this time) and this information could be very helpful. Cheers.

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      Ukraine Living

      Make sure you don’t overstay AT ALL in Germany. They will not be as nice about letting you go as they are in Ukraine!

      Cheers

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Ukrainian lawyer

895 UAH fine is more than it should. The fine itself should be from 510 to 850 UAH. (Article 203, Ukrainian code of administrative offenses: http://zakon4.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/z0944-15/print1481077553240165).

However, they might also have charged you for bank transfer, a fee for a special paper and some other things.

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barry

I overstayed 2 months at march 2016 exit and paid 942hryvna fine as per details described above. I am leaving on 20th march after 5 1/2 months in ukraine, will let you know the new fine.i am married this time here (6th year) and I approached authorities about extending my visa legally.but in the best soviet traditions (some things change slowly)my wife has to be dying before they will even give you a maybe. Try to do the right thing doesnt work here.easier to pay fine at airport, but yes arrive as early as possible.its a huge time waste.

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    Ukraine Living

    Awesome Barry, thanks for sharing that. Please keep us all posted come March.

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