What do you need to know before traveling to Ukraine?
Traveling, and especially moving to Ukraine, is primarily associated with a lot of questions. Learn all about the rules, documents, prohibitions and restrictions, as well as tourism and life in Ukraine for foreigners
Despite the full-scale war, Ukraine's borders are open to visitors. Foreigners continue to travel to the country for various purposes - volunteering, work, vacation, visiting relatives. However, the state of war in Ukraine affected the organization of trips.
What do you need to know before traveling to Ukraine? We will tell you in a new article.
List of documents for entry into Ukraine
To enter Ukraine, a foreigner must have an appropriate package of documents: a foreign passport, confirmation of the purpose of the trip, financial support and a visa (if the country does not have a visa-free regime).
Visa requirements in Ukraine depend on the citizenship of a foreigner: a visa-free regime is established with some countries in Ukraine, citizens of the rest of the countries must obtain a visa for entry before traveling.
You can check whether you need a visa to enter Ukraine on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
The procedure for obtaining a visa to Ukraine is at the link. Citizens of 52 countries of the world can also issue an e-Visa – one of the types of short-term visa for entering Ukraine, which can be obtained by a foreigner using a simplified procedure.
How to get to Ukraine?
The airspace in Ukraine is closed, it can be reached only by land transport - bus, train, car. Such conditions make it difficult to travel to Ukraine. The most successful option is to fly by plane to one of the airports in Europe, which is located not far from the border with Ukraine, and from there continue the journey to the chosen Ukrainian city by train or bus.
Choose your country of residence and search for the most convenient routes:
You can book tickets for transportation within Ukraine and between cities around the world here.
Rules for crossing the Ukrainian border
Crossing the border of Ukraine is carried out on the basis of a foreign passport. The ID card entitles only citizens of Turkey and Georgia to enter. Also, a foreigner must provide confirmation of the purpose of the trip, financial support and, if necessary, a visa. In addition to this:
● Customs rules apply when crossing the border with Ukraine. They apply to both Ukrainians and foreign citizens. The list of items that can be imported to Ukraine can be found at the link.
● The procedure for entering Ukraine with pets was recently simplified.
● Foreigners can cross the Ukrainian border in their own car and drive it in Ukraine without registration for up to one year.
In order to make the border crossing more comfortable, we advise you to find out the current busyness of the selected checkpoint before departure. How to do it? Read here.
Curfew and air alert
Under the conditions of martial law, a curfew is in effect throughout Ukraine - it is a time when it is forbidden to be on the street and in public places. Before visiting any region of Ukraine, be sure to find out the duration of the curfew.
In no case should you ignore air alarms, because it is your safety! After arriving at your place of residence in Ukraine, immediately find out the location of the nearest shelters. Install the "Airborne Alert" application on your smartphone, you can download it from the App Store or Google Play. If danger is declared, go to the nearest shelter immediately.
Also, during your stay in Ukraine, you should take into account the peculiarities of calling a taxi during the curfew and the air alert.
For a trip to Ukraine under martial law, it is important to have reliable insurance. Currently, there are few insurance companies that cover insurance incidents related to combat and war. You can take out a reliable policy that covers compensation related to military risks by following the link.
Term of stay in Ukraine
The permitted period of stay of foreigners in Ukraine depends on citizenship. Visa-free allows a foreigner to stay in the country for up to 90 days within 180 days. With the visa procedure, the visa itself determines the number of days of stay in Ukraine. Usually, the term is also 90 days, but it can be different. To stay longer, you need to issue a residence permit.
After obtaining a permit, you do not need to carry plastic cards with you all the time. Foreigners can issue electronic permits for permanent residence or temporary residence, visa or residency in the Diya mobile application.
Entry to Ukraine for volunteers, journalists and media representatives
Many foreigners who arrive in Ukraine during the war are members of foreign delegations, representatives of diplomatic missions or mass media. Western correspondents, working on the territory of Ukraine and in war zones, significantly influence the perception and attitude towards Ukraine. Read here how to get a foreign journalist accredited in Ukraine.
Also, hundreds of foreigners come to Ukraine for the purpose of volunteering. A citizen of any country can become a volunteer. Instructions at the link.
Tourism in Ukraine
Ukraine is an incredible country that impresses with its fantastic nature, rich culture, delicious cuisine and strong character. Despite the full-scale russian invasion, more and more tourists are interested in Ukraine and planning trips to the country.
We told you earlier whether it is safe to travel in Ukraine and how much a vacation in Ukraine costs.
Foreigners are attracted by the architecture of Ukrainian cities and mysterious nature. The most visited places in Ukraine are Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and the Ukrainian Carpathians. Top tours of Ukrainian cities for foreigners at the link.
Ukraine also offers many exciting hikes for tourists of all levels of training. If you are looking for unforgettable adventures and want to challenge yourself, here are the top hikes in Ukraine that will impress even the most experienced tourists.
Visit Ukraine is an organiser of tours around Ukraine. 800 tours. Choose yours on the website.
There are various types of accommodation facilities in Ukraine, from budget hostels to expensive hotels. However, when choosing where to stay, be sure to pay attention to the availability of nearby shelters. You can book a hotel in Ukraine, according to your wishes and budget, here.
Work, study and business in Ukraine for foreigners
Foreign nationals who come to Ukraine have the opportunity to work, start their own business, and enroll in Ukrainian educational institutions. We told you more about the most prestigious Ukrainian universities, where thousands of foreign students study, here.
Employment in Ukraine for foreigners has its own peculiarities, read how to find and get a job here.
In addition, Ukraine will soon launch an electronic residency system that will allow foreign entrepreneurs to conduct business in the country without a physical presence. Find out who can apply for E-Residency and what opportunities foreigners will have in this article.
Life in Ukraine for foreigners
Foreigners who legally reside in Ukraine have the same rights as citizens of the country. In particular, they can apply to government agencies to obtain or renew lost documents, such as an identification code, buy real estate, get married, or obtain a Ukrainian driver's license.
However, each of these processes has certain peculiarities, so if you need more detailed advice, please contact the highly qualified lawyers of Visit Ukraine. Book a consultation by following the link and get answers to all your questions regarding the rules of entry to Ukraine, migration processes and obtaining Ukrainian citizenship.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.