Germans in Ukraine: why do foreigners from Germany come to Ukraine even during the war?
In the first half of 2023, more than 26 thousand foreigners from Germany entered Ukraine. Find out more about who they are and why they are coming to Ukraine despite all the risks associated with the russian invasion
Despite the full-scale invasion of russia, foreigners from all over the world continue to visit Ukraine, both for business and tourism purposes. According to the official data of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, more than 1.3 million foreigners entered Ukraine in the first half of 2023, some of them from very unexpected and remote countries.
In the ranking of countries from which people most often came to Ukraine, Germany ranks 8th, with the United States only 40 people ahead of it. So, how many Germans came to Ukraine in 2023 and why?
How many Germans visited Ukraine in 2023 and for what purpose?
According to official data provided by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at the request of Visit Ukraine, 26,227 foreigners from Germany visited Ukraine from January to August 2023.
The vast majority of them entered the country on the basis of a visa-free regime for private purposes - 25,905 people. That is, they stayed in Ukraine for no more than 90 days, and the purpose of their trip was confirmed by personal invitations from relatives, travel vouchers, booked hotels and tickets, as well as invitations to meetings, events or conferences. 316 foreigners were passing through Ukraine in transit, and only 6 were vehicle service personnel.
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How many Germans are currently in Ukraine?
Currently, there are several categories of foreigners from Germany in Ukraine. First of all, these are ethnic Germans who have been living in Ukraine for many years. According to the census, as of 2021, there were about 33 thousand Germans in Ukraine.
The second large category is foreigners who come to Ukraine from Germany for a limited period of time on business, mostly reporters, journalists, and other media representatives. This is due to the fact that Germany still has a high level of "engagement and interest" in events in Ukraine. According to Google Trends and Visit Ukraine's analytics, Germany holds a leading position in terms of the number of requests for information about events in Ukraine.
The third category of Germans in Ukraine is people who also come for a limited period of time, in particular, for private purposes in their own affairs.
The fourth and smallest category is German citizens who have expressed a desire to fight in Ukraine. According to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the German Ministry of the Interior reported 61 people. However, it is important to note that 27 of them are taking part in the fighting on the side of russia.
Is it safe to travel to Ukraine from Germany now?
Active hostilities are concentrated in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, but the rest of the country is still under threat of russian attack drones and missiles. Therefore, when planning a trip to Ukraine, foreigners should strictly adhere to the following rules:
1. Do not ignore the air raid alert! Upon arrival in Ukraine, be sure to check 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, go to the nearest shelter immediately!
2. Observe the curfew.
3. Take care of reliable health insurance. Insurance is mandatory when visiting Ukraine, but we recommend choosing insurance policies with war risk coverage, which cover not only basic medical services and treatment, but also unforeseen circumstances related to the war. You can buy insurance with military risk coverage on the Visit Ukraine website.
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We remind you! German 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 more about what types of visas exist and how to apply for them here.
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