Ukrainian entrepreneurs and company employees can now schedule business trips abroad that are up to seven days long – provided they can muster a UAH 200,000 ($5,443) bond.
Ukrainian e-governance portal Diya launched the new yeVidryadzhennia service on Sep. 1. It allows men of draft age to deposit a UAH 200,000 bond and get a permit to leave Ukraine for up to seven days to travel on company business. Previously, this kind of exception was only available to government employees.
Both self-employed entrepreneurs and private company officials can apply for the permit, provided they satisfy the following criteria:
- They have filed their tax returns;
- They don’t have any social security payments due;
- The average wage in their company is at least UAH 20,000 ($544);
- They deposited the UAH 200,000 bond;
- The company had at least 10 insured employees as of last quarter.
No more than 10% of a company’s employees can get a permit at one time, and no more than 10 employees can apply.
“The individual would first deposit the UAH 200,000 bond in their escrow account with (state-owned) Oschadbank,” Economy Minister Julia Sviridenko explained.
“These funds will be returned once the person comes back to Ukraine. Should they breach conditions of their trip, the bond will be transferred to the Defense Ministry, and the company will lose access to the service, with all outstanding permits for other employees being cancelled.”
According to Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, the application process will take “a few clicks” on the Diya government e-services website.
Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service is responsible for keeping track of departures and arrivals under the scheme, ensuring the government is aware of whether people return to Ukraine within the allotted seven days.