How to get to Ukraine from Egypt: convenient routes, entry rules and useful tips
Due to the war, Ukraine's airspace is closed, so you need to carefully consider your route. Find out more about how to get from Egypt to Ukraine conveniently
Even despite the military risks, foreign tourists continue to travel to Ukraine, because the country's rich culture and numerous architectural, cultural and natural sights impress and surprise travelers.
The Administration of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine reports that in 2023 (between January 1, 2023 and August 1, 2023), more than 1.3 million foreigners visited the country, including 3,258 Egyptian citizens. Many travelers also came to Ukraine in 2022.
The land borders of Ukraine work as usual, entry is allowed for both Ukrainians and foreigners. However, closed air space significantly complicates travel.
How to get from Egypt to Ukraine? We have prepared the most convenient routes and many useful tips for you.
Travel route from Egypt to Ukraine
Tourists usually prefer to travel by plane, because it is fast and convenient. However, due to the closed airspace in Ukraine, it is impossible to get here by air transport. That is why most tourists choose to fly to one of the European airports located near the Ukrainian border, and then continue their journey to Ukraine by ground transport.
Ukraine borders the following European countries - Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. How to get here from Egypt?
Flight to the Ukrainian border
● Egypt - Poland
Egypt and Poland are connected by the following direct flights:
- Sharm el-Sheikh - Warsaw, flights twice a week, on Saturday and Wednesday, departures at 10:00 and 14:40, travel time 4 hours 40 minutes, ticket price from 200 euros.
- Cairo - Warsaw, departures every day at 12:15. The price of the ticket is from 300 euros. The duration of the flight is 4 hours and 10 minutes.
- Hurghada - Katowice, ticket price from 500 euros, departure time - 20:20, journey duration - 4 hours and 10 minutes.
- Hurghada – Rzeszów (Ryaszów), ticket price from 300 euros, departure time – 19:45, arrival in Rzeszów at 23:05.
● Egypt - Moldova
You can get from Egypt to Chisinau on a direct Hurghada - Chisinau flight. The travel time is 3 hours and 10 minutes. Estimated departure time - 08:55. Ticket price from 90 euros.
● Egypt - Slovakia
The Hurghada - Bratislava flight departs every Friday at 14:15 and arrives in Slovakia at 17:30. Ticket price from 90 euros.
● Egypt – Hungary
Budapest can be reached by direct flight from many cities in Egypt: Hurghada, Giza, Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh.
Departure from Cairo three times a week (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday) at 12:00, travel time 3 hours 25 minutes, ticket price from 150 euros.
● Egypt – Romania
The two countries have direct air connections, with flights departing from Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh.
The Cairo-Bucharest flight departs four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) at 04:30, travel time 2 hours 50 minutes, ticket price from 150 euros.
Tourists planning a trip to central and southern Ukrainian regions should fly to Moldova or Romania. It is easiest to get to the western regions of Ukraine from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
After arriving in one of the European cities, the journey to Ukraine can be continued by train or bus.
Railway connection Europe - Ukraine
Most of the tourists prefer the railway because of its speed and comfort. Ukraine is connected to European cities by the following trains:
● Poland - from Warsaw you can reach Kyiv, from Przemyśl - to Kyiv, Odesa and Zaporizhzhia, from Chelm - to Kyiv and Kharkiv.
● Hungary - there is a direct train from Budapest to Kyiv.
● Austria - a direct train goes from Vienna to Kyiv.
● Moldova - a direct train goes from Chisinau to Kyiv.
● Slovakia - from Kosice you can reach Chopa and Mukachevo.
See the link for a detailed schedule of trains running between Ukraine and European countries.
By bus from Europe to Ukraine
A fairly convenient and economical way to get to Ukraine is by bus. There are no direct flights from Egypt, but you can find a convenient route from European countries. The road to Lviv will take from 4 hours from Poland to 25 hours from the cities of France or Germany.
Carriers offer comfortable passenger buses for the trip. The salon is equipped with soft seats, a toilet and an automatic climate control system, a large luggage compartment, Wi-Fi, which allows you to travel comfortably.
From Egypt to Ukraine by own car
The distance from Cairo to Kyiv is almost 3,800 km. The travel time is 46 hours and 30 minutes. The travel route will pass through the following countries: Israel, Lebanon (or Jordan, Syria), Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova.
You can check the current state of queues for entry into Ukraine from Europe by following the link.
In addition, we draw your attention to the fact that, despite the fact that checkpoints are open 24 hours a day, there is a curfew on the territory of Ukraine due to the state of war.
Tourists who will come to Ukraine without their own transport are advised to rent a car in order to feel more mobile.
Do citizens of Egypt need a visa to Ukraine?
To enter Ukraine, citizens of Egypt need to issue a short-term visa (type C). This visa is issued to foreigners whose stay does not exceed 90 days within 180 days. It can be issued for single, double or multiple entry. Visa type C is most often issued for the purpose of tourism, for business trips or private visits.
To apply for a visa, it is necessary to apply to a foreign diplomatic institution of Ukraine with a complete package of documents no earlier than 3 months before the start of the planned trip.
If the planned period of stay in Ukraine exceeds 90 days or you plan to work, get an education in Ukraine, etc., then for such a trip you need to have a type D visa. After arriving in Ukraine on the basis of a long-term visa, a foreigner must obtain a residence permit.
How to plan a trip to Ukraine from Egypt?
● Book a tour
In order to plan a trip to Ukraine, you need to book an interesting and safe tour. Ukrainian nature, rich culture, the most romantic and mysterious places - the largest base of routes from proven tourist operators at the link. Depending on your interests, you can also make an individual travel itinerary.
Also, Visit Ukraine announced the launch of a special project - Donat-tours to Ukraine, which is designed to attract foreign tourists to travel to the de-occupied and front-line regions of southern Ukraine and to give everyone the opportunity to become a volunteer and part of Ukraine's victory. Read about the difference between military tours and donation tours here.
● Buy tickets
An important stage of preparing a trip to Ukraine is the process of purchasing tickets. To make your trip as comfortable as possible, you should choose only proven ticket purchase services. Thousands of travelers book tickets on the Visit Ukraine portal. Plane, train or bus - a ticket for any type of transport in one place. You can see the schedule and make a reservation by following the link.
● Find accommodation
Ukraine has a very wide base of accommodation facilities. During your vacation, you can stay in a hotel with different stars, a hostel, rent an apartment or rest in a guest house. You can book using the link. Also, when choosing a hotel, pay attention to the presence of nearby shelters.
● Will issue an insurance policy
The medical insurance policy is a mandatory document for visa-free entry to Ukraine. However, when traveling to a country under martial law, it is worth taking care of an insurance policy that covers the indemnification of war-related risks. Insure your health and life in order to receive financial compensation in the event of an insured event. The insurance policy applies to foreign citizens, subjects of another state and stateless persons. There are no age restrictions. Military risk insurance is a guarantee of your protected stay on the territory of Ukraine. Apply for reliable insurance quickly and easily using the link.
Importantly! When traveling through Ukraine under martial law, be sure to follow safety rules. When crossing the border, you no longer need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and wear a protective mask. As of July 1, all Covid-19 restrictions and quarantine measures have been canceled in Ukraine.
Do you have any questions? Contact the managers of Visit Ukraine for help at any stage of preparation for a trip to Ukraine, as well as during your stay in the country.
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