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28 Nov. 2023


How to come to Ukraine for the New Year holidays?



How to come to Ukraine for the New Year holidays?

When planning a trip to Ukraine for the New Year holidays, it is important to consider several aspects. In particular, follow the latest information and check the border crossing rules. Find out what list of documents is required to enter Ukraine, the rules for leaving the country for temporary protection, and other important details for Ukrainians

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

Winter holidays are a period of vacations and trips to relatives, because in Ukraine it is customary to celebrate Christmas and New Year together with loved ones. And although the full-scale russian invasion changed the usual life of Ukrainians, people still try to preserve traditions. Therefore, the border services are expecting an increase in passenger traffic entering Ukraine very soon.

How to come to Ukraine for the New Year holidays? Useful information further.

List of documents for entry into Ukraine

Citizens of Ukraine can freely enter the territory of our state. For entry, you will need a valid foreign passport or identity card for returning to Ukraine.

Rules for leaving the country of receiving temporary protection

If your entry to Ukraine is temporary and you plan to return to Europe again, you must follow the rules for leaving the country of residence:

- Ukrainians living in the EU on the basis of a visa-free regime

The visa-free regime between the EU and Ukraine provides that Ukrainians can stay in the Schengen area for no more than 90 days within a 180-day period. Therefore, before returning, check whether your stay does not exceed the permissible number of days.

- Ukrainians who have obtained temporary protection status in the EU

The majority of Ukrainians currently living abroad have obtained the status of temporary protection. It does not prohibit Ukrainians from visiting the Motherland, however, the stay in Ukraine should not exceed a certain period, the duration of which depends on the country of protection, usually from 30 days to 6 months.

Before traveling, make sure that you have fully completed the temporary protection procedure, received the necessary stamps, passports and that your permit is valid. Also, if necessary, notify the relevant social services of your absence.

Customs regulations in Ukraine

Individuals may transport across the border of Ukraine without a written declaration to the customs authority:

- Personal belongings: two mobile phones, one video camera, one camera, two portable personal computers; sports equipment; personal jewelry that was in use; clothes, shoes intended for personal use; 500 ml of toilet water or 100 ml of perfume, other items for personal use.

- Goods whose total value does not exceed 500 euros or 50 kg.

- Monetary currency of Ukraine or foreign currency in an amount not exceeding the equivalent of 10,000 euros.

- Alcoholic drinks: vodka products (vodka, cognac, whiskey, etc.) in the amount of 1 liter, wine - 2 liters, beer - 5 liters.

- Tobacco products – 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco.

- Foodstuffs for personal use for an amount not exceeding 200 euros.

- Medicinal products, the amount should not exceed 5 packages of each name per person (except those containing narcotic or psychotropic substances).

We will remind you that earlier we talked about the rules for importing cash, bank metals and the peculiarities of their declaration. Useful information about moving personal belongings when entering Ukraine is collected here. Read everything you need to know about the rules for entering Ukraine for cars with foreign license plates in our material.

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Security rules in Ukraine

When traveling in Ukraine during the war, you should follow two main safety rules:

A curfew is a time imposed to maintain law and order. Usually, the curfew lasts from 11:00 p.m. until 05:00 a.m. the next day. During this period, it is not possible to be in public places and to move through the streets by transport or on foot. You can find out the duration of the curfew in the region of stay by following the link.

An air alert is a signal that sounds when a missile threat is announced. The authorities and the military always warn of a possible missile attack. To inform the public, they use the "Air Alarm" signal, which can be heard on city streets, and special mobile applications. In the event of a missile threat, you should go to the nearest shelter and wait for the strike.

Also, when planning a trip to a country under martial law, you should take 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. 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.

How to get to Ukraine?

Currently, the airspace over Ukraine is closed, but the country's land borders are operating normally, even despite the martial law.

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.

Where to buy tickets 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.

Where to stay in Ukraine?

Ukraine has a very wide base of accommodation facilities. During your trip, 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.

What to visit during your stay in Ukraine?

There are many places in Ukraine where the spirit of Christmas and New Year is felt in a truly special way, so hundreds of travelers come here on the eve of the holiday.

Where to celebrate the New Year in Ukraine during the war, read here. We talked about where to go to spend an unforgettable Christmas in this article.

Also, Ukraine is rich in interesting sights, special landscapes and very tasty dishes that can surprise even the most demanding travelers. You can choose the most interesting tour on the Visit Ukraine website, where more than 200 different tours of safe regions of Ukraine have been collected. A large database of both individual and group routes will make you fall in love with every corner of the country.

Depending on your interests, you can also plan an individual trip.

When planning a trip to Ukraine for the winter holidays, it is worth considering that last winter many cities in Ukraine were left without electricity due to russian attacks on the energy infrastructure. The situation may repeat itself this year. Read here how Ukrainian cities are preparing for possible blackouts.

We wish you a good trip!

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