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For the attention of foreign citizens, intending to visit the occupied territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
07 February 2018 17:36

For the attention of foreign citizens, intending to visit the occupied territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

On June 4, 2015 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the Resolution № 367 “Procedure for entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and exit from it” (http://zakon4.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/367-2015-%D0%BF), which regulates, apart from other things, the entry and exit of foreigners and stateless persons, taking into consideration the Law of Ukraine “On guaranteeing the rights and freedoms of citizens and the legal regime on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine”.

According to the Procedure the entry of foreigners and stateless persons to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and exit from it is allowed only through the checkpoints foreseen by this Procedure with presenting a valid passport and special permission issued by the territorial body of the State Migration Service of Ukraine.

The list of checkpoints is listed in Appendix 1 to the Procedure. Persons, violating the order of entry to and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, set by this Procedure, will be brought to justice.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine once again emphasizes the need to comply with the valid procedure of visiting the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

How to claim and receive the service

  • Submit required documents to the territorial body of SMS or the territorial unit of SMS in Novotroitske District or Henichesk District in Kherson region, at the place of stay.

Service fees and benefits

No fee is charged

Application submission

Application is to be submitted in person.

Required documents

  • application;
  • passport (returned after verification);
  • document confirming a person’s legal stay on the territory of Ukraine;
  • copy of a page in passport or ID document of a stateless person containing personal data with translation into the Ukrainian language attested according to the established procedure;
  • documents confirming the purpose of entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine:
    copies of documents confirming kinship of foreigners or stateless persons and place of residence of their close relatives or family members on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;
    copies of documents confirming death of close relatives or family members who lived on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;
    documents confirming burial of close relatives or family members on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;
    documents confirming the rights of ownership with regard to property located on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;
    request from or agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as provided for in sub-para. 5 of paragraph 21 of the Procedure;
    request from or agreement with the Ministry of Information Policy, as provided for in sub-para. 7 of paragraph 21 of the Procedure;
    request from or agreement with the Ministry of Culture, as provided for in sub-para. 8 of paragraph 21 of the Procedure;
    permanent residence permit (shall be returned after showing) issued by the territorial body or unit of SMS, and its copy with the registration of place of residence of a foreigner or stateless person in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or the city of Sevastopol;
    request from the Mejlis of the Crimean Tartar People, as provided for in sub-para. 10 of paragraph 21 of the Procedure;
    request from or agreement with the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories, as provided for in sub-para. 11-12 of paragraph 21 of the Procedure;
    other documents that may support the purpose of entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;
  • 3 photographs 35 mm x 45 mm.

Time limit for application review

A special permit shall be issued or such issuance shall be denied by the head or deputy head of the territorial body of SMS within up to 5 working days from receipt of the documents defined by this Procedure.

Availability of a special permit does not exclude checking of the documents confirming the purpose of entry to and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine by the state border guard officers at checkpoints.

Result of the service

Issuance of special permit for entry to and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.

Validity period of a document resultant from the service

Special permit for entry to and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine can be issued as single-entry or multiple-entry and shall be valid during the period indicated in the application and confirmed by relevant document; however, this period may not exceed the allowed duration of a foreigner’s or stateless person’s stay on the territory of Ukraine and should also take into account the period necessary to leave Ukraine (at least 3 working days).

Single-entry special permit for entry to and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine can be issued on the basis of grounds defined in sub-para. 1-4, 7, 8, 10 of paragraph 21 of the Procedure.

Multiple-entry special permit for entry to and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine can be issued for one year on the basis of grounds defined in sub-para. 5, 6, 9 of paragraph 21 of the Procedure, and also to foreigners or stateless persons with permit of permanent residence in Ukraine whose place of residence is registered in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or the city of Sevastopol.

Grounds for denying the service

A decision to deny special permit issuance to a foreigner or stateless person shall be adopted in the following cases:

  • 1) when they present a threat to national security of the State or public order, public health, protection of rights and lawful interests of Ukrainian citizens and other individuals residing on the territory of Ukraine;
  • 2) when the passport of a foreigner or stateless person is forged, damaged, does not conform to the established template or belongs to another person;
  • 3) when a foreigner or stateless person knowingly presents false information or forged documents;
  • 4) when there are reasonable grounds to believe that a foreigner or stateless person have other reasons for entering the temporarily occupied territory, that differs from that stated in the application, or when they have not supplied confirmation for their grounds and purpose of entering the temporarily occupied territory;

The time limit within which a person has to apply to SMS and liability for breach of this time limit

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