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How to get to Ukraine from Japan: convenient routes and useful tips for foreigners



How to get to Ukraine from Japan: convenient routes and useful tips for foreigners

The skies over Ukraine are currently closed, making it difficult to travel. However, the land borders remain open. We have prepared the most convenient ways to come to Ukraine for those traveling from Japan

Buy insurance for safe entry and stay in Ukraine
Buy insurance for safe entry and stay in Ukraine

The land borders of Ukraine work as usual, even despite the state of martial law introduced in the country. Entry is allowed for both Ukrainians and foreigners.

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 784 Japanese citizens.

Ukrainian culture and nature attract tourists even despite the military risks. Many visitors want to see the most romantic and mysterious places of Ukraine with their own eyes. The only thing that significantly complicates travel to Ukraine is the closed airspace. Therefore, you should start planning a trip to Ukraine in advance.

How to get to Ukraine from Japan? Read about convenient routes to the main tourist pearls and the rules for crossing the border in our material.

Travel route from Japan to Ukraine

Ukraine and Japan are located 8,000 kilometers from each other. Therefore, you can get here only by plane.

The most convenient and fastest way to get to Ukraine is to fly to one of the airports in Europe, which is located near the Ukrainian border, and from there continue the journey by train or bus.

Among European countries, Ukraine borders Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. How to get here from Japan?


Flight to the Ukrainian border

● Japan – Poland

Direct flights between Tokyo and Warsaw are operated four times a week on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. Departure at 23:05, arrival in Warsaw at 05:45. Travel time is 14 hours 40 minutes. The price of the ticket is from 900 euros.

● Japan – Moldova

There is no direct flight from Tokyo to Chisinau. The travel route can be planned with two transfers in London and Warsaw. Departure from Tokyo at 01:00, journey duration 16-20 hours, depending on the length of layovers. The price of the ticket is from 1100 euros.

● Japan – Slovakia

You can also get to Bratislava from Tokyo only with a transfer, in particular in Rome, London or Brussels. Travel time is about 20-22 hours. Ticket price from 1050 euros.

● Japan – Hungary

You can fly to Budapest from the Japanese city of Nagoya, the travel route will include two transfers in Shanghai and Istanbul. Travel time is from 21 to 28 hours. Ticket price from 900 euros.

● Japan – Romania

There are no direct flights to Bucharest. You can get from Tokyo with two stops (in Shanghai and Istanbul). Departure at 17:10, journey duration 21-28 hours. Ticket price from 950 euros.

After arriving in one of the European cities, the trip to Ukraine can be continued by land transport - 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 Japan, 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.

Where to buy tickets from Japan to Ukraine?

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.

Do Japanese citizens need a visa to Ukraine?

A visa-free regime has been established between Ukraine and Japan, so Japanese citizens have the right to unhindered entry to Ukraine if the purpose of the trip is tourism, visiting relatives or other short-term trips.

It is forbidden to work or study without a visa.

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List of documents for visa-free entry to Ukraine from Japan

Crossing the border takes place on the basis of a valid foreign passport. It is also necessary to have:

health insurance policy;

● confirmation of the purpose of the trip;

● sufficient financial support for the entire period of the planned stay in Ukraine and for returning to the country of origin;

● absence of a decision of the authorized state body of Ukraine to prohibit entry into Ukraine.

Foreigners do not need to provide proof of vaccination and wear a protective mask, because as of July 1, all restrictions and quarantine measures related to the Covid-19 epidemic have been canceled in Ukraine.

How to book a tour to Ukraine?

In order to plan a trip to Ukraine, you need to book an interesting and safe tour. The largest database of routes from proven tourist operators is collected at the link. Depending on your interests, you can also plan an individual trip.

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.

Where to stay in Ukraine?

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.

Rules for safe travel to Ukraine under martial law

When traveling in Ukraine under martial law, it is necessary to strictly observe safety rules. Useful information for entering Ukraine during the war at the link.

Also, when planning a trip to Ukraine, you should consider additional risks. Military risk insurance can cover losses in the event of an accident due to hostilities or acts of terrorism, outpatient treatment, hospitalization and emergency care. Read more about the benefits of the policy here.

Is it safe for foreign tourists to travel to Ukraine now? Read in detail in this article.

Legal support for Japanese citizens in Ukraine

It is important to remember that certain rights of citizens may be restricted in the conditions of martial law, so in some cases foreigners may need the help of lawyers. Tourists from Japan staying in Ukraine can seek advice from a highly qualified lawyer on various issues: support of a lawyer in Ukraine, advice on legal aspects of entering Ukraine, assistance with document preparation, etc.

Embassy of Japan in Ukraine

● Address: 04053, Ukraine, Kyiv, st. Velika Zhytomyrska, 34-B.

● Phone: +380-44-490-5500 (Main)

● Email mail: [email protected]

Working hours: Mon-Fri, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Except weekends and holidays)

Importantly! The Embassy of Japan in Ukraine currently does not provide consular services in Kyiv.

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.

We wish you a good trip!

Want to know more? Read the latest news and useful materials about Ukraine and the world in the News section.

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Visit Ukraine Insurance - safe travel in Ukraine (insurance covering military risks);

Visit Ukraine Tickets - book bus and train tickets to/from Ukraine;

Visit Ukraine Tours - the largest online database of tours to Ukraine for every taste;

Visit Ukraine Hotels - book hotels for a comfortable stay in Ukraine;

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