Ukraine eyes Aussie, Chinese tourists

Pavel Polityuk
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Australians could visit his country without a visa

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

The government expects the economy to shrink 12 per cent in the second quarter after a 1.5 per cent drop in the first quarter.

"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," Zelenskiy said.

According to the president's communications department, a foreign tourist usually spends $US120-150 ($A173-216) a day and stays in Ukraine for an average of three to four days.

About 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 $US85.

European Union citizens can enter for short trips without a visa.