Ukraine considering cancelling its visa requirement for tourists

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With the government expecting the economy to shrink by 12%, the Ukrainian president said: “We need to compete for tourists”

Ukraine is considering cancelling its visa requirement for tourists from China, Australia, New Zealand and Arab states in order to attract more visitors once lockdowns ease and bring more money into the economy, president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday.

The government expects the economy to shrink 12% in the second quarter after a 1.5% drop in the first quarter. Zelenskiy said:

It is necessary to liberalise the visa policy: if countries cancel visa requirements for Ukrainians who come to them, we will cancel for them too. We need to compete for tourists.

According to the president’s communications department, a foreign tourist usually spends $120-150 a day and stays in Ukraine for an average of three to four days. Around 14 million tourists visited Ukraine in 2018.

Last year, Ukraine introduced electronic visas for citizens of 52 countries, including China and Australia. A single 30-day visa costs $85. EU citizens can enter for short trips without a visa.