I'm going from Cierna nad Tisou (Slovakia) to Budapest (Hungary) via the Ukrainian dual-border station of Chop, but cannot enter Ukraine.

The train reaches Chop at 12:00, and my connecting train, for which I have a ticket Záhony-Budapest, leaves Chop at 14:10, while the first train back to Slovakia leaves at 16:55.

Would the Ukrainians, as a pragmatic gesture, agree to kick me out on my intended connecting train rather than sending me back to Slovakia for the sake of it?

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I'm sitting in the "sterile" waiting hall at Chop as we speak - there are immigration booths for those embarking/disembarking here, in addition to checks onboard trains (for others). enter image description here Upon arrival, I got off straight away and was ushered into the waiting hall. There, I presented my ID and train ticket to a female border officer, explaining I'm going to Hungary on a train leaving in 2 hours. I was asked to sit down, and after 30 minutes a male officer came with the documents as well as an entry refusal letter for me to sign. I was told (in surzhyk) that I could just relax here and board the train as soon as it arrives, and show the refusal letter in lieu of a ticket Chop-Záhony (though I bought hryvnias in Cierna nad Tisou expecting to have to buy a ticket in Chop, apparently I'm not expected to).

So in summary, though you're obviously not supposed to do this, in practice it's not a big deal to them. Not sure how much it has to do with me being a "low-risk" national and/or the fact that there's not a soul here apart from the officers (and there was only one person other than me on the train from Slovakia)

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    Well, I guess you now have to mention this trip under "have you ever been refused entry anywhere" on every visa form.
    – TooTea
    Nov 12, 2019 at 11:12
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    I would also be surprised if this entry refusal won't cause problems if you try to (legally) enter Ukraine in the future. Nov 12, 2019 at 12:01
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    Agree with 2 comments, seems a silly thing to do and shows you have no respect for immigration rules.
    – BritishSam
    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:41
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo People reportedly overstay as a habit and casually pay the fine, then face zero problems on re-entry.
    – Crazydre
    Nov 12, 2019 at 15:11
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    @TooTea I've been refused before (2015) by another country for allegedly not looking like me on the photo. Russia subsequently (2016) issued a tourist visa with zero fuss. Given my nationality I'll very rarely have to get a visa anyway.
    – Crazydre
    Nov 12, 2019 at 15:12

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