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How to enter Crimea?

To enter the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, journalists need a special permit along with a claim (letter of approval) from the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
How to enter Crimea?

To enter Crimea, you need to go through the following procedures.

1. Receive a letter from the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.

For this you need a letter on an official letterhead from an editor of your media, signed by editor-in-chief or an authorized person. The letter should contain the following information:

Name and last name of the journalist

date of birth

number of passport, date of issue and expiry

name of the media and type (print, online, etc)

date of intended travel to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and purpose of visit (i.e. “cover the culture of the Crimean Tatars”)

The letter should finish with: “We would like to ask the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine to approve the entrance to Crimea of our journalist [Name and Last name].

The journalist must send a scanned letter from editor along with press card and his/her passport to the email of the Ministry.

The Ministry will prepare an approval letter.

It is necessary to collect the permit in person at the Ministry. To get the permit, you will need to present the original passport and original letter from editor.

Contacts of the Ministry: press@mip.gov.ua.

Physical address of the Ministry: Kyiv, Grushevskogo street 12/2 (entrance #6 from Sadova street). Please, inform the Ministry about your visit in advance per email.

2. Obtain a special permit from the State Migration Service.

Special permit – is a document that confirms the right to enter the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

You can submit the pack of documents for this permit in two locations:

Kyiv, Bereznyakivska street 4-A

One of the regional centers of the Service in Kherson region, addresses available here

The pack of documents should consist of the following:

1) application form, according to the given example, available here;

2) passport (is returned to the owner right after it is presented to the respective official on spot);

3) document confirming legal basis for the stay in Ukraine (namely, a stamp in passport certifying crossing the border with Ukraine or a visa, if needed). Important to remember that overall stay in Ukraine should not exceed 90 days within half a year;

4) copy of passport with legally certified translation in Ukrainian (can be done in any translation agency);

5) an approval letter from the Ministry of Information Policy;

6) three passport size photos (3,5×4,5cm).

The procedure can take up to 2 day, if the needed pack of documents is prepared in advance. Please, not that neither Ministry of Information Policy, not the State Migration Service work on weekends and holidays.

NB! In case of journalist entering Crimea without a respective permit from the side of the Russian Federation, the Security Service of Ukraine can prohibit you from entering the territory of Ukraine. 

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