Why did more than 26 thousand foreigners from the US come to Ukraine in the first half of 2023?
The United States ranks 7th in the ranking of countries from which people most often came to Ukraine in 2023. Find out what proportion of foreigners visited Ukraine with a specific purpose and how many travelers were transiting the country
Despite the full-scale invasion of russia, foreigners continue to come to Ukraine, not only for business but also for tourism. According to official information provided by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at the request of Visit Ukraine, more than 1.3 million foreign citizens visited Ukraine in the first half of 2023 alone. At the same time, more than half a million of them came from Moldova.
So, what place does the United States occupy in the ranking of countries by the number of visitors to Ukraine and what was the purpose of foreigners' visits to America?
How many Americans visited Ukraine in 2023?
In the ranking of countries from which people most often travel to Ukraine, the United States took 7th place. Thus, according to the data provided by the State Border Guard Service, 26,267 foreigners from the United States came to Ukraine from January to August this year. The vast majority of them came for private purposes (25,831). Another 436 people were in transit through the country.
For comparison, in pre-war 2021, the United States ranked 9th among the countries whose citizens came to Ukraine most often. Thus, in the first half of 2021, 34,114 US citizens visited Ukraine. In total, 103 thousand foreigners from the United States visited Ukraine in 2021.
Why do foreigners travel to Ukraine from the United States?
The vast majority of foreigners who came to Ukraine from the United States in 2023 entered the country under the visa-free regime for private purposes. That is, their stay in Ukraine did not exceed 90 days, and the purpose of the trip was confirmed by booked hotels, apartments and tours or travel vouchers, tickets to events or invitations to meetings, as well as official invitations from Ukrainian citizens.
It should also be borne in mind that a significant number of foreigners from the United States who visited Ukraine were representatives of official delegations, journalists, reporters, and volunteers.
The most visited regions were: Kyiv and Kyiv region, as well as Lviv and Lviv region.
Is it safe to travel to Ukraine now?
The hostilities are concentrated in the southern and eastern regions of the country, in particular, in the regions bordering russia and the temporarily occupied Crimea. However, unfortunately, there are no completely safe regions, as there is still a threat of rocket attacks and attacks by drones.
Therefore, foreigners planning a trip to Ukraine should take into account certain restrictions. To ensure that your trip is as safe and peaceful as possible, please follow the following rules:
1. Do not ignore the air raid alert! After arriving in Ukraine, be sure to familiarize yourself with the map of the nearest shelters and install the Air Alert app (from the App Store or Google Play). In the event of an air raid alert, immediately go to the nearest shelter!
2. Observe the curfew.
3. Take care of reliable health insurance. To enter Ukraine, foreigners must purchase an appropriate insurance policy, but we recommend choosing insurance with military risk coverage, which covers not only basic medical services and treatment, but also unforeseen war-related expenses.
Do not neglect basic safety rules and travel safely with Visit Ukraine!
We remind you! US citizens can travel to Ukraine on the basis of a visa-free regime, but in some cases, foreigners will still need to apply for a visa. Read all about the current rules of entry, the documents required for Americans to cross the Ukrainian border, and convenient routes to Ukraine here.
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