Ukraine was granted a “visa-free regime” for European Union member states. Great event for the Ukrainian society. There is still enormous quest for biometric passports. At the same time, oftener stories related to troubles to foreigners who violate laws of Ukraine in the sphere of border crossing occur.
Ukrainian guests become more worried of that they will be prohibited to come to Ukraine because of so-called “overstay”. These difficulties are related to the requirements of EU, the national safety of Ukraine to guarantee that foreigner stay in Ukraine legally and are not dangerous neither to Ukraine nor to its EU-partners. Therefore, more and more foreigners experience the denial of entry to Ukraine or even ban to enter Ukraine. The situation with introducing the specific rules of entry to Ukraine for Russian citizens is a colorful example of that Ukrainian government seeks to get larger control over Ukrainian border.
1. What is overstay and how it occurs?
According to Ukrainian legislation, Ukraine gives a right for many countries` citizens to stay in the territory of Ukraine without obtaining a visa for 90 days within the 180 days period.
How is it calculated?
1. You must choose a specific date of control, for example, it may be the date of planned entry to or departure from Ukraine.
2. Starting from this date, you must deduct 180 days in the past, which is a period where should be 90 days of the legal stay of the foreigner in Ukraine.
3. After you must check whether you have used 90 “visa-free” days within this 180 days period – you should count the days of stay in Ukraine in accordance with the stamps of entry and exit from Ukraine, which are indicated in the passport documents.
If during a 180 days period you count more than 90 days staying in Ukraine, it is considered that you violated the law and “overstayed”. You can easily check your "days" here using the migration calculator. See at: https://dmsu.gov.ua/en-home/duration-of-stay-calculation.html