Medyka-Shehyni border crossing

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Medyka-Shehyni border crossing
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Countries: Flag of Poland Poland | Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Type: Road
Motorway: E 40

At the border crossing from Shegyni, Ukraine to Medyka, Poland it's allowed to pass the border by foot.

Waiting times by car could go up to 8 or more hours, depending on the traffic, of course, so the best way is to take your backpack and walk over by foot. Unfortunately, depending on your nationality, waiting time can fluctuate pretty much. There will be most likely be a small/no queue for EU/EEA citizens and a very long one with "all other passports", even at 5 in the morning.

  • User:MaxHermens says: Even before you enter this queue, there is a big group of of people waiting outside. They're taking Vodka across the border as a job. They push and pull and will call you names. Be prepared and perhaps it's best not to know Ukrainian at this point.

There's a 1 hour time difference between both countries, so don't forget to set your clock if you require one.

Be prepared for controls of your luggage, the Polish guards do so with nearly everybody coming from Ukraine (cigarettes), on the other side the Ukrainians are most likely not that strict.

There are minibusses going on from Meyka to Przemysl and from Shegyni to L'viv. The cigarettes selling babushkas will lead you the right way.

Hitchhiking out

West towards Poland

After walking over the border by foot, follow the way for 250m until you see some people selling cigarettes and alcohol (or not), anyway at the end of the fence to your left there's a small muddy footpath along it. Use this one for 300m and you'll be on the starting highway just 50m behind the border. Best is to start hitching behind the entry to the supermarket, as quite some traffic coming from Ukraine just goes there and back. Also some locals might appear and try to hitch rides, who might not know that much about hitchhiking etiquette, so don't be irritated. Getting rides to Przemysl is pretty easy and might not take longer than 10 minutes.

East towards L'viv

It's possible to start hitchhiking behind the border, unfortunately there are not that much good spots, quite some shops and too much local traffic probably. A sign would help, for sure. Another option is to walk down the road for 1 or 2 km until the exit of town. There's a gas station after 500m. Platschi found a sweet spot in front of the entrance of the local school.