Ukrainian authorities have announced that starting from November 1 2020, citizens of 3 Southeast Asian countries will be able to apply online for a Ukraine electronic visa (e-Visa).
Until now, nationals of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) have been ineligible for the Ukraine e-Visa. Instead, it was necessary to apply for a visa in-person at a Ukrainian embassy.
Now that they have been added to the e-Visa system, Thai, Lao, and Burmese passport holders will be able to obtain their visas to visit Ukraine online, taking advantage of the streamlined application process and avoiding the need to go to an embassy or consulate.
The Ukraine e-Visa for Citizens of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand
The Ukraine e-Visa for citizens of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar is a digital visa, which allows the holder to stay in Ukraine for a maximum of 30 days at a time.
There are options for a single-entry and double-entry Ukrainian e-Visa, which permit the Thai, Burmese, or Lao traveler to enter the country for the following purposes:
- Visiting family
- Medical treatment
- Cultural, scientific, educational, or sports activities
- Foreign media staff traveling on official duty
Advantages of the Ukraine e-Visa for Thai, Burmese, and Laotian Visitors
The Ukraine e-Visa has several new benefits for travelers from Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos.
The Ukrainian embassy in Thailand announced the following on social media: “From November 1, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will start issuing Ukrainian electronic visas for citizens of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos under a new, modern and convenient procedure.”
The Ukraine e-Visa for citizens of Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar optimizes the process of applying for a visa. The online form is user-friendly and quick to complete.
Being able to apply online allows Lao, Thai, and Burmese nationals to apply from anywhere with an internet connection, including from the comfort of their own homes. It eliminates the need to go to a Ukrainian embassy or consulate, saving time, effort, and money.
Applying for a Ukraine e-Visa for Citizens of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos
Following the change in Ukraine’s visa policy, obtaining an Ukraine e-Visa is now simple for Lao, Burmese, and Thai citizens. Travelers from these countries must register their details in a simple online application form.
Nationals of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar must also upload digital (scanned) copies of the following documents:
- Recent passport-style photo
- Valid Thai, Lao, or Burmese passport
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay in Ukraine
- Proof of the purpose of visit (e.g. invitation letter, hotel reservation booking, etc.)
It is also necessary to provide an email address to which the e-Visa for Ukraine will be delivered (in PDF format) and debit or credit card details to cover the processing fee.
The Ukraine e-Visa for Myanmar citizens, Thai citizens, or Lao citizens must be printed out and presented to a border control officer when entering the country, along with the passport registered in the online visa application.