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Traveling to Ukraine, January 2024

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, it is currently not safe or advisable to travel to the country for tourism purposes. The US Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory for Ukraine, citing the war, the risk of shelling and missile attacks, and the widespread presence of landmines. Additionally, many tourist destinations and facilities are damaged or closed, and essential services may be disrupted.

Russian invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February 2022, and at 2024, the war has been going on for two years now. But you can still support Ukraine both now and in the future… so put down your phone and the Red Stag casino games and let us start doing some planning.

Chernihiv, Ukraine

Support Ukraine indirectly

  • Donate to reputable organizations supporting humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.
  • Purchase Ukrainian goods and crafts from online marketplaces or shops run by displaced Ukrainians.
  • Follow and amplify Ukrainian voices on social media to raise awareness about the war and its impact.

Choose alternative destinations

You may think that this may not be supporting Ukraine, but a lot of Ukrainian refugees relocated to these areas, and by supporting their shops and places of business, you are helping to support them. Plus, for a lot of them, the women and children are refugees, but their sons and husbands and fathers are still fighting for the defense of Ukraine.

  • Explore other Eastern European countries with rich history and culture, such as Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, or Romania.
  • Visit tourist destinations within your own country or nearby regions that offer similar experiences to what you might have hoped to find in Ukraine.
  • Visit Ukrainian communities in the United States (or your home country). Get to know the people. Ask them about life in Ukraine before the current war with Russia.
  • Adopt of Ukrainian refugee or immigrant family. Even after 2 years, being in a new country can still be scary.

Plan for the future

  • Research and create a bucket list of Ukrainian destinations for future travel after the war ends and it is safe to visit.
  • Learn more about Ukrainian culture and history to deepen your understanding and appreciation for the country.
  • Use Duolingo or Pimsleur or Rosetta Stone and learn the Ukrainian language.

Remember, the focus right now should be on the safety and well-being of the Ukrainian people. By choosing alternative options and supporting Ukraine from afar, you can still show your interest in the country and its recovery.

Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine

Rules of entry and stay in Ukraine

But if you still want to physically visit Ukraine, here are some important safety rules to follow.

You do not need a visa to stay in Ukraine for less than 90 days (standard for most countries). Crossing the border is done with an international passport. An ID card does not give a right to entry except for Turkey and Georgia.

When you visit a foreign country, immigration and customs will ask you the purpose of your visit.

If you are visiting friends and family, a notarized invitation from the friend or family member is sufficient. In the absence of an invitation, you can present the following:

  • hotel reservations, apartment lease
  • travel vouchers
  • invitations / tickets to seminars, exhibitions, fairs, etc.
  • document on treatment in medical institutions
  • written confirmation of a meeting, conference, etc.
  • invitation from a company or organization
  • visa or tickets to a third country, if your stay in Ukraine is a layover flight

Confirmation of financial security:

  • cash
  • bank card, ATM statements
  • letter of guarantee from a host party undertaking to pay all expenses by the foreigner in connection with his/her stay in Ukraine
  • contract for travel service
  • a travel ticket for returning to the country of permanent residence or to a third country with a fixed date

Carpathians, Ukraine

Bucket list for visiting the Ukraine

Even if you decide that now is not the best time to visit Ukraine, it is always good to plan your future visit (after the war with Russia is over). While the current situation in Ukraine makes visiting impossible, it’s never too early to start dreaming of future adventures. Here’s a glimpse into the beauty and wonder that awaits when peace returns to this resilient nation.

Nature’s Embrace

Every country has its own unique natural wonders. Ukraine is no exception.

Immerse yourself in Ukraine’s natural tapestry. Hike through the Carpathians, where cascading waterfalls whisper secrets to ancient forests and charming villages hold tales of folklore close. Sail the azure Black Sea, where dolphins dance alongside your boat and pristine beaches beckon with sun-kissed warmth.

Glide along the Dnipro River by kayak or paddleboard, and witness the symphony of life – majestic storks taking flight, banks bursting with vibrant wildflowers, and the river itself reflecting the sky’s endless blue. This is Ukraine’s embrace, a breathtaking invitation to reconnect with nature’s wonder.

Cultural Treasures

Allow Ukraine’s cultural tapestry to captivate your senses. In Lviv, a UNESCO World Heritage gem, wander cobbled streets lined with vibrant Austrian-inspired architecture, their facades whispering tales of a bygone era. Soak in the bustling energy of its markets, overflowing with local treasures and the infectious laughter of vendors.

Then, delve into the ancient whispers of the Kyivan Caves Monastery, a 1,000-year-old labyrinth of churches and catacombs. Imagine the footsteps of saints and warriors echoing through these hallowed halls, their stories etched in the very stones.

Finally, unleash your inner artist in Odesa, a vibrant city where art pulsates through its veins. From street murals bursting with color to grand opera houses where melodies take flight, Odesa invites you to be swept away by its creative spirit.

These are just glimpses into the cultural riches Ukraine holds. With every step, prepare to be amazed by its history, its art, and the indomitable spirit of its people.

Winter in the Ukrainian Carpathians

Unique Experiences

Beyond the sights, delve into the heart of Ukraine through unique experiences. Embrace the ancient art of pysanky, where intricate designs dance across eggshells, each stroke whispering stories passed down through generations.

Savor the symphony of flavors in Ukrainian cuisine, warming your soul with hearty borscht, fluffy varenyky dumplings bursting with savory goodness, and syrnyky pancakes drizzled with honeyed sweetness.

Let your spirit ignite at a traditional folk festival, where the rhythm of music carries you away on a wave of vibrant costumes and infectious joy. In these moments, you’ll connect with the soul of Ukraine, a tapestry woven with artistry, warmth, and the unyielding spirit of its people.

Beyond the Cities

Discover the charm of Ukrainian villages, where time seems to stand still and locals welcome you with open arms. Embark on a wine tour through the Carpathian foothills, sampling delectable vintages and learning about the region’s unique winemaking traditions.

Soar above the rolling hills of Poltava in a hot air balloon, capturing breathtaking panoramas of sunflower fields and charming villages.


This is just a starting point for your future Ukrainian adventure. Let your imagination run wild as you research hidden gems, unique festivals, and local traditions waiting to be discovered.

Remember, when dreaming of your future Ukrainian journey, be mindful of respecting the country’s rich culture and traditions. Embrace the warmth and hospitality of the people, and contribute to responsible tourism practices that benefit local communities.

May your Ukrainian bucket list bring you hope and inspiration, serving as a beacon of positivity for a brighter future in this remarkable country.

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