My wife, a Chinese citizen living in the United Kingdom under a spousal visa, will be travelling from London to Beijing next summer. She has a layover at Boryspil Airport for a little over 4 hours.

She is flying both into and out of the airport with Ukraine International Airlines, which on their website says that all of its flights arrive and depart from Terminal D.

I read on VisaHQ that a transit visa is needed for Chinese citizens. However, I also read that if you are not changing terminal in Kiev, no transit visa is needed, but no evidence seems to be offered for that claim.

Is a transit visa required if she stays in Terminal D for the entirety of the layover? If not, where are the official sources stating that staying in the terminal is permissible without such a visa?

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Strange choice of transit but not mine.

There is no visa required for transit as long as don't leave the terminal. All international departures happen in terminal D and the visa information from Timatic is as follows:

China - Destination Passport

Passport required.

Document validity rules:

Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid on arrival.

Type: Ok China - Destination Visa

Additional information:

Valid visas or resident permits in expired passports are accepted if holding valid passport of the same nationality.

Type: Notice China - Destination Health

This information is for guide purposes only. Other health organisations may recommend alternative precautions.

Passengers arriving within 6 days after leaving or transiting countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and not holding a yellow fever vaccination certificate are subject to vaccination upon arrival. At the airport of Dalian (DLC) passenger will be kept in quarantine for 10 days or deported.

Exempt from Yellow Fever vaccination:

Children under 9 months of age.

Recommended Health and Vaccination precautions:

Malaria prophylaxis. Malaria risk, including P. falciparum, exists in Yunnan and Hainan. P. falciparum resistance to chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine reported. Limited risk of P. vivax malaria exists in southern and some central provinces. There is no malaria risk in the urban areas. Recommended prevention in risk areas: B; in Hainan and Yunnan: C.

In Timatic, the recommended type of prevention is referred to as: - Type A (very limited risk of malaria transmission) - Mosquito bite prevention only. - Type B (risk of P. vivax malaria only) - Mosquito bite prevention plus chloroquine chemoprophylaxis. - Type C (risk of P. falciparum malaria with chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine resistance) - Mosquito bite prevention plus atovaquone-proguanil or doxycyline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis. - Type D (risk of P. falciparum malaria plus reported multi-drug resistance) - Mosquito bite prevention plus plus atovaquone-proguanil or doxycyline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis, depending on local drug restistance. Chemoprophylaxis should be started preferably one week before departure and no later than the first day of exposure; it must be taken with unfailing regularity and continued for 4 weeks after the last exposure. No prophylactic regimen is 100% protective against infection, but even if it fails to prevent the disease it may, nevertheless, render the infection milder and less life threatening.

Type: Notice Ukraine - Transit Visa

Visa required.

Transiting without a visa is possible for:

Holders of onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours through Kiev Boryspil (KBP).

Type: Ok Ukraine - Transit Health

This information is for guide purposes only. Other health organisations may recommend alternative precautions.

Vaccinations not required.

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    It's "strange" because it's 800 pounds cheaper than the next cheapest ticket ;-) As you can tell, the optimisation here is for cost. Thanks for the clarification! I will wait on getting a more official source from the Ukranian government or similar, but if that doesn't come up I'll accept this one.
    – Chris Down
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 18:52

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