Visiting a war torn country may not be everyone's cup of tea but don't cross Ukraine off your travel bucket list just yet.
While most countries continue to advise their citizens not to travel to Ukraine due to safety concerns, Ukraine itself has opened certain borders for tourists.
visitukraine.today has all the info you need regarding important documents to bring, which countries' citizens are allowed access and even a section on tours that are available for you to take during your stay. So here is a quick summary of key points to keep in mind if you plan on visiting;
All access points are via land due to the country being under martial law and all air traffic being suspended. There are open and safe check points on the borders of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. The check points to Russia and Belarus remain closed.
Documents required upon entry include:
- Valid passport (citizens of Turkey & Georgia can enter with their ID card)
- Relevant visa
- Proof of your health insurance policy
- and either a certificate of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.
- You will also be asked to confirm the reason for your visit.
Rules for safety:
- Observe any and all curfews currently in place. Be sure to confirm what these are for all of your destinations before visiting. A full list can be found here.
- Follow all air alerts. Download the Air Alert mobile app (available for Apple and Android devices) for up to date warnings.
- Always keep your ID documents with you.
- Try to avoid crowded places as much as possible.
- If possible choose a hotel with it's own bomb shelter or near one.
The visitukraine.today website offers an easy option to obtain the required insurance for your visit. This insurance has extra options for war risks insurance as well as Covid insurance. Simply fill out the form on the site here for more info.
No matter what your interests, whether your traveling alone or in a group, there is a tour for you. From city tours of Kyiv and Kamyanets-Podilskyi to an excursion to Synevyr and the castles of Lviv. Be sure to check out the site for more info on bookings and pricing.
If this all sounds a bit extreme for your tastes, perhaps consider a small donation or merchandise purchase in aid of the visitukarine.today website and it's people. Funds go to aid Ukraine citizens during this difficult time.