What are the travel requirements for individuals holding a UK Refugee 1951 Travel Document who wish to visit Ukraine?

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According to the official Ukrainian site Entry regime to Ukraine for foreign citizens (which is marked as of June 08, 2023):

If you are the holder of a refugee document (according to the Geneva Convention) or a stateless person, you always need a visa to enter.

Note: The above link also lists the visa options for a long list of nationalities.

You can register here for Ukraine entry and transit visa processing. As per Phoog, you need to select "Refugee" as your citizenship. This site also states:

Visa applications can be submitted to the Embassy / Consulate / Visa center not earlier than three months before the planned trip to Ukraine

Finally, we all know that there there is a war going on. Ukraine is under martial law, and this site (which I have no idea how official it is) states things like:

Martial law is in effect in Ukraine and air traffic has been suspended, however, the entry and exit of foreign citizens by land is allowed. Checkpoints on the border with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova are open and safe. Checkpoints with the russia, Belarus and Transnistria are closed.

And lists requirements such as:

  • availability of a health insurance policy. Insurance in Ukraine is mandatory.
  • Visit Ukraine also strongly recommends that you take out medical insurance covering military risks for the entire stay in Ukraine.
    This policy guarantees monetary compensation in the event of an
    accident as a result of passive military risks, terrorist acts,
    including repatriation of the insured person (or his body, in case of death) from the place of stay to the place of his permanent
    accommodation. Options such as emergency care, outpatient treatment,
    hospitalization, etc. are included in health insurance contracts.

I had always had the impression that you couldn't get insurance for a war zone. It seems that I may be wrong on that. But I can't imagine that it is cheap (if you can get it).

  • FYI, it is possible to get travel insurance for Ukraine from various European insurance companies. But a normal policy won't cover war-related risks. Sep 8, 2023 at 13:25
  • @Johnnyjanko It's the "war" aspect I have no knowledge about. I've never gone into a war zone by choice (or even accidently)
    – Peter M
    Sep 8, 2023 at 13:33
  • You can get a policy for everything provided you pay accordingly Sep 8, 2023 at 13:49
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    Medical insurance covering military risk: 3€ per day visitukraine.today/products/war-risks-insurance If you are > 70 y.o., war is more expensive, at 7.8€/day
    – EarlGrey
    Sep 8, 2023 at 14:26
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    @NicolasFormichella After many years of being an employee of a large insurance company, I can tell you that your statement is not true. In many cases, insurance companies simply refuse to cover certain risks, for whatever price. Sep 8, 2023 at 14:28

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