The Law of Ukraine "On protection of rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime for the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine", as amended on 05.09.2014, regulates a procedure for entry of persons in the temporarily occupied territory and the departure from it.
According to Article 10 of the Law the citizens of Ukraine have the right to free and unimpeded access to the temporarily occupied territories and the departure from it through the control points of entry and exit upon presentation of a document confirming the identity and citizenship of Ukraine.
However, the entry of foreigners and stateless persons to the temporarily occupied territory and the departure from it is allowed only by special permission through the control points of entry and exit.
As of today, the relevant draft of Regulations on entry-exit procedure of foreigners and stateless persons to the temporarily occupied territory, developed by the Border control Administration, is on the approval with the concerned Ministers.
Thus, the foreigners from countries with visa entry regime, have to apply to the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Ukraine abroad for obtaining a Ukrainian visa.
Foreigners from countries with visa-free entry regime, may entry the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol of Ukraine only if crossing the border at border crossing points across the state border of Ukraine with putting relevant stamps into their passport documents or immigration cards.
However, it is important to know that:
- Violation of order of entry into the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the departure from it for the purpose of harming the interests of the state is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years or imprisonment for the same term, with confiscation of vehicles. The same acts committed repeatedly or by prior conspiracy, or by an official through abuse of office shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term of three to five years with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to three years and forfeiture vehicle. The above-mentioned acts committed by an organized group shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term from five till eight years.
- Violation of order of entry into the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the departure from it punishable by a fine from one hundred till three hundred tax-free minimum incomes, or by an administrative arrest for up to fifteen days.
- Entry into Ukraine is not allowed for foreigners or stateless persons:
a. If a person attempts to enter the temporarily occupied territory through the control points of entry - exit without a special permission;
b. Foreigners and stateless persons who arrived to the control points of entry - exit from the temporarily occupied territory without permission, may not travel further and in the shortest time they should be returned to the temporarily occupied territory from which they came, or to a state that issued a passport.
The passport document of the above mentioned foreigners and stateless persons will be stamped mark on the prohibition of entry to Ukraine.
Transit of foreigners and stateless persons through the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine is prohibited.
Stipulated by this Law legal regime will operate until the restoration of constitutional order of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territory.