To boost tourism, once the various travel restrictions are lifted, Ukraine is considering lifting visa requirements for tourists from China, New Zealand, Australia and Arab countries, the Reuters news agency reported on Thursday 4 June, quoting the Ukrainian president.
“It is necessary to liberalise visa policy. If countries cancel the visa requirements for Ukrainians coming to their countries, then we will cancel the visa requirement for them too. We have to compete to attract tourists,” Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a statement quoted by the same source.
According to the President’s communication department, a foreign tourist spends an average of 120 to 150 dollars a day and stays in the country for three to four days.
Last year the country introduced the electronic visa system for citizens of 52 countries. A 30-day visa costs $85. European Union citizens are exempt from this requirement for short stays.
About 14 million tourists visited Ukraine in 2018, according to Reuters.