The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 01.03.2017 approving the Rules for Visa Issuance for entering Ukraine and transit through the territory of Ukraine became effective on 16 April 2017.

As set forth in sub-para. 1 and 2 of paragraph 7 of the Visa Issuance Rules, the basis for issuance of short-term visa is, among other requirements, an invitation from a legal entity registered in Ukraine on its official letterhead, or a notarized invitation from an individual.

In relation to this, starting from 16 April 2017, invitations for foreigners or stateless persons issued by SMS with a view of obtaining visa to enter Ukraine shall not be accepted as basis for issuance of short-term visas for entering Ukraine.