Entering Kyiv, Ukraine: Updated January, 2023
Watch the 15-minute documentary short about our recent trip to EmCell in Kyiv, Ukraine (September 16-22, 2022)
I have been communicating with 5 to 10 people per month from the USA, Canada, and Europe who have been making the trip to EmCell since the Russian invasion began.
From USA — fly into Warsaw (WAW), take train into Kyiv:
My wife is from Poland, we’ve taken the Eastern European trains many times. For the best experience, make sure to book a sleeper room/car. If traveling alone, get a single. If traveling with a companion, get a double. (To avoid sharing the sleeper room with people you don’t know).
We were in Kyiv, Ukraine with a group of 7 other Americans in September. Everything was peaceful and smooth. The only difference is the requirement to enter Ukraine by train.
Warsaw is the biggest international hub in Poland. The best non-stop trains to Kyiv are from Warsaw. (Warszawa to Kiev). Click here to book on POLRAIL or click image below.
Most nonstop trains to Kyiv from Warsaw are around 16-18 hours. Bring your own food for the journey. The train provides a pillow, blanket, sheets, and morning coffee/tea and a snack.
Email me with any questions, I have been to Kyiv more than 30 times. and once during the Russian occupation. I will get back to you in less than 24 hours. — Eric Merola
(1). Book flight to Warsaw, Poland (2). Get a commercially marked taxi from airport to the train station, ususally the Warszawa Wschodnia station, but check your train departure location. See the route from airport to train station on Google Maps.
COVID-19 entry requirements
Vaccine or test required + simple insurance:
Feel free to email Eric Merola if you have questions about anything. [email protected]
You will be required to get an insurance policy before traveling to Ukraine in case you get COVID-19 in while visiting Ukraine, and require treatment while there (Costs $3.50 per day). Visit Ukraine Today for latest updates and more info.
Here are the required things to do if you wish to plan a trip to EmCell during due to COVID-19 (2022):
1. Required (vaccination or COVID test): Proof of vaccination or COVID-19 PCR or antigen test with results printed within 72 hours of arrival to Ukraine from your origin country.
2. Required: Ukraine health insurance policy. Go here to purchase/more info.