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The EU and the US citizens are granted visa free entrance to Ukraine provided that the tourist visit would not exceed 90 days. The citizens of Japan, Canada, and the most post-Soviet states members of the CIS also can enter Ukraine without visa.

All visitors should present a valid passport. While many foreign citizens are granted visa free entrance to Ukraine for a tourist visit, they would still need a visa if the purpose of their trip were work or studies in Ukraine.

Those nationals who need a visa to enter Ukraine should contact the embassy or the nearby Ukrainian consulate where they can get information about visa requirements and cost. It should be noted that Ukrainian visa is not valid for visiting neighbouring Russia.

Basic requirements for the tourist visa application include a valid passport, travel insurance and return tickets. You may also be requested to provide a visa support letter from a person or organization (for example a tour agency) inviting you to visit Ukraine. A Ukrainian embassy or a consulate may request other supporting documents.  The visa is usually processed within 10 working days.

You may check the list of the Embassies of Ukraine at the official Web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.  This page lists Consulates General of Ukraine around the world indicating the specific entry requirements applicable to other foreign nationals.

Once all the legal matters are settled, one may choose a way of travelling to Ukraine. Tourists travel to the country by air, sea, and land.

Air

The biggest Ukrainian air operators are Aerosvit and Ukraine International Airlines, they serve many destinations worldwide. More affordable budget flights to and from Ukraine have become available with the opening of  a Wizz Air office in Kyiv.

The Boryspil International Airport, recently added its newest terminal F with the aim of serving up to 40 percent of foreign destinations, is located in the town of Boryspil near Kyiv. The ride to the downtown Kyiv might take 45 minutes to an hour depending on the traffic. There are shuttle buses - Sky Bus - cruising regularly between Terminals B and F of the Boryspil airport and Kyiv's Sothern train station. The bus also stops at Kharkivska metro station. Sky Bus departs with an interval of 10-15 minutes during the day time, and 30-40 mintues at night. The service is very confortable since the tickets can be purhased on-line at the Sky Bus' Web site (available in English, German, French, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and even Chinese).

Another international airport within Ukraine’s capital city is Kyiv airport, also known as Zhulyany. The airport is only eight kilometers away from Kyiv downtown. It is easy to reach the train station and Boryspil International Airport from the premises of the airport. Such low cost airlines as Wizzair have recently relocated to Zhulyany from Boryspil.

Sea

The Black Sea ports serve mostly Ukrainian travel destinations connecting the ports of Crimea with Odesa and selected international ports in Turkey, Bulgaria and Georgia. The number of passenger cruises has reduced significantly since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nowadays the cruises, which are provided by different operators, do not have fixed schedules.

Land

The well-developed train system in Ukraine may be your best choice to enjoy the countryside when traveling within the country. Either a long-distance, intercity or a suburban train  can get you to nearly every city and town in Ukraine. Train tickets can be purchased at the railroad stations or at the main railway ticket-office in Kyiv, which is located within the walking distance of the Universytet (University) Metro station on 38/40 Shevchenko Boulevard. Ticket fare varies depending on the distance to the destination point and the type of train. They are, however, relatively cheap compared to those in the EU. During the high season (December-January and June-August) it is advised to buy tickets well in advance. However, the ticket are priced at a flat rate no matter wether you buy it well in advance or minutes before the train departure. Additional information on railroad services is available on the Railroad's Web site (Ukrainian only).

Normally, trains in Ukraine consist of the sleeper carriages or SV with two berths in each compartment; the 4-berths separate compartment carriages and the economy class carriages with no sliding door closing each of the 4-berths compartments. Long-distance trains feature a buffet carriage, and each carriage’s attendant can provide passengers with tea, coffee, water and snacks at an extra fee.