Traveling Digest: Special Offers and News in November 2018

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In case the recent snow stirred the dreams about warm sunny lands, this month's news might come in handy. While Thailand cancels a visa fee for Ukrainians, Ukrainian Airlines will hold a Black Friday sale with up to 50% discount on chosen flights. Hotels around the globe follow the trend as well with a special Barter Week.

Hotels Barter Week in Ukraine

Hotel neon signThe Barter Week initiative was launched by the Italian Bed and Breakfast group way back in 2009. The idea is quite simple - clients can barter goods and services for a stay at hotels and B&Bs. While ten years ago the initiative was Italian-only, nowadays Barter Week is supported around the globe.

From November 19 to 25, guests of Dream Hostel in Lviv and Hostel Friday in Odesa have a chance to stay for free providing they offer a respectful barter. As a rule, helping with cleaning or mending is the most popular option but guests also assist with the decor, interior styling or creating photos and videos for the venue. All details about the initiative can be found at

Black Friday with Ukrainian International Airlines

Airplane in the skyThis year, Ukrainian Airlines celebrates their 26th anniversary on the Ukrainian market that coincides with Black Friday. That's why the company will offer discounts up to 50% off fares to various destinations in Europe, North America and Asia. The sale will take place on November 23-25. Departure cities will include Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Kherson and Zaporizhia. You can find more details at

Traveling to Thailand from Ukraine is now cheaper

Visa stamps in a passportAccording to the Ambassador of Ukraine to Thailand Andrii Beshta, Thailand canceled the visa application fee for Ukrainian citizens. Before November 15, all holders of Ukrainian passports had to pay $60 fee to have a Thai visa on arrival. From November 15, 2018, to January 31, 2019, Ukrainian citizens will be granted a travel visa on arrival for a period of 15 days without the application fee.

The same terms are true for citizens of Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Uzbekistan.

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A new Kyiv - Phuket package tour

Thailand islandsThis October, Anex Tour together with Azur Air airlines launched a new direct flight Kyiv - Phuket. The flight will appear on the timetable three times a month and in 2019 the company plans to up the frequency to two times a week, according to General Director of Anex Tour Ukraine Ilker Adıgüzel.

The plane tickets are sold only with a package tour. The price starts at $950. Visa-free travel to Thailand for a period of up to 30 days is granted to citizens of the United States, Canada and most European countries. Ukrainian citizens can have a visa issued on arrival or beforehand in the Consulate of Thailand.

Free Istanbul stopover from Turkish Airlines

Istanbul viewsThanks to Turkish Airlines, stops for changing flights become less annoying. The company offers to spend a proper stopover - more than 20 hours - to discover the sights of ancient Istanbul. According to the information on the company's website, you can stay in a five-star hotel for two days on Business Class trips, and in a four-star hotel for one day on Economy Class trips, free of charge.

The special offer is available for flights that depart from Ukraine and go to America Region, Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Seychelles, Mauritius, Georgia , Azerbaijan, Thailand, Israel, China, Maldives, Dubai, Morocco, Russia, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. You can find more info and choose a suitable hotel at

Mukachevo - Budapest train to be launched soon

Train riding on viaductOn November 14, the first experimental train Mukachevo-Budapest arrived at the central station in Ukrainian Mukachevo in the Carpathians. While the route was originally planned to be added in the schedule in summer 2018, the official launch is yet to happen. According to the Acting Chairman of the Board of "Ukrzaliznytsya" Yevhen Kravtsov, the ticket price for the second-class seat will start at UAH 700. The trip will take approximately 6 hours with stops in Nyíregyháza and Debrecen.

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