Haggling is not common in Ukraine and probably shouldn't be attempted. The only time we would recommend it is if you know you are being overcharged at a market. These can be extremely uncomfortable times to travel, especially the hotter months. The Black Sea and the altitude of the Carpathians take the edge off the sweltering temperatures, but only slightly. With Ukraine in the news for all the wrong reasons, safety is a major concern for travellers these days. But although crime is on the rise, Ukraine remains a rather safe European destination, unless you venture into the war zone, which accounts for a tiny part of the country's territory in the far east.
That said, travelling by car in Ukraine is a fun way for exploring the country, as long as you stick to main roads and sturdy vehicles. The following government websites offer travel advisories and information on current hot spots. Note that all of them advise against any travel to Crimea or to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine.
Both violent and petty crime has been rising post-Maidan, but overall levels are not dramatically different from the rest of Europe. Credit-card fraud is a common phenomenon. Be particularly careful when using ATMs and only use cards in reputable locations if possible. Take all the usual precautions to make sure no one sees or copies your PIN. This well-known rort starts with you suddenly noticing a wallet or a large wad of cash on the ground nearby. With the proliferation of far-right groups and militias, racism is on the rise, although serious attacks are infrequent and many cities have large multiracial, international student communities.
Most of the recent attacks have been targeting Roma communities. The war with Russia affects a small part of the far southeast of Ukraine and has little direct impact on the rest of the la codificazione da alcool in Alushta. Do not be tempted to visit Donetsk — as a foreigner you are a prime target for kidnapping or accusations of spying. Besides, you need a special permit to visit areas around the 'line of contact' between Ukrainian and Russian-backed forces.
The situation in Crimea is not as acute, but from the Ukrainian point of view, entering the peninsula via Russia is tantamount to illegal border crossing, and holders of foreign passports can only travel between Crimea and Ukraine proper with special permission from the Ukrainian government.
The following are located in Kyiv unless otherwise noted. Call your embassy if you need emergency help. Consulates issue visas and can help their own citizens if there is no embassy. Georgian Embassy ; Consulate. Romanian Embassy ; Consulate. Russian Embassy ; Consulate. You are also permitted to bring in the following items duty-free:.
Be careful not to lose this completed form — you will need to present it when departing the country. See www. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand need a visa, as does anyone intending to work, study, take up permanent residency or stay for more than 90 days.
Some visa-on-arrival arrangements for tourists are available at major airports and sea ports; check before departure. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine www. Letters of invitation These are technically needed for all visas, although this is more of a formality these days. Visa types Business, tourist and private, with single, double and multiple entries available. Validity Single- and double-entry visas can be bought for one to six months.
La codificazione da alcool in Alushta visas are valid for three to 12 months. Many foreigners who reach the end of their day visa-free limit simply make a 'border run', leaving the country then immediately entering again, giving them another 90 days in the country.
Ukrainians are pretty relaxed about foreigners making the odd faux pas, but there are a few dos and don'ts you should know about to avoid embarrassment. Ukraine lags behind most of Europe on gay rights, but pride marches do take place, heavily guarded by police and threatened by right-wing thugs. Ukrainian ultranationalists in the west and their pro-Russian foes in the east of the country have both been engaged in homophobic rhetoric and attacks on gays.
Kyiv appears to have the most enlightened approach to the issue, while Lviv and Kharkiv have shown signs of institutional homophobia. There have been violent street attacks on gay men; pro-LGBT political events are also subject to attacks by ultra-nationalists.
Make sure you are fully insured before heading to Ukraine. Worldwide travel insurance la codificazione da alcool in Alushta available at www. Private health insurance is an absolute must for Ukraine. If you need to see a doctor, approaching a private medical clinic is vastly preferable to entering the third-world state health system. Neither are free. Brits should be aware that in the UK government la codificazione da alcool in Alushta scrapped reciprocal agreements with most former Soviet republics, meaning UK citizens are not covered for emergencies as they once were.
Accurate city plan mista maps are widely available for all reasonably sized cities. Kartohrafiya www. Particularly good for the Carpathians. Easyway www. Order online. GPS Server www. Stanfords www. Everything can be ordered online. Newspapers include Fakti i Kommentarii www. UNIAN www. Channels include Inter TV www. ATMs are widespread, even in small towns. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels and restaurants.
Exchanging currency is still very much a part of everyday life for many locals. Hoarding hard currency is still common. Rip-off rates are unusual. Credit cards are accepted by most restaurants and shops, but much of the Ukrainian economy is still cash only.
Also, be alert to possible credit-card fraud. The process can be long and rather bureaucratic. Rates vary very little and none charge commission. Tipping is common, but by no means obligatory. Round up the price to the nearest 10uah or 50uah if you want to give a little extra. Opening hours are consistent throughout the year with very few seasonal variations.
Lunch breaks 1pm to 2pm or 2pm to 3pm are an all-too-common throwback to Soviet days. Sunday closing is rare. The national postal service is run by Ukrposhta www.
However, many now use the la codificazione da alcool in Alushta owned La codificazione da alcool in Alushta Poshta www. Smoking including vaping is officially banned in all indoor public places, including public transport. Ukraine's VAT rate is uah and is included in all prices. Global Blue www. All numbers now start with 0, that zero being a part of the national code.
If you see a number starting with 8, this is the old intercity and mobile prefix and should be left off. European GSM phones usually work in Ukraine; double-check with your provider before leaving. Top up credit using vouchers available from mobile-phone shops and news kiosks, or use the special touchscreen terminals found in busy places such as bus stations, markets and shopping centres.
Ukraine does plan to join the EU's la codificazione da alcool in Alushta tariff zone at some point, meaning that with an EU SIM card you would pay as much as you do at home. Ukraine is located in one time zone — GMT plus two hours. Ukraine simply doesn't do public conveniences — one visit to a vile, stinky, clogged hole with foot markers on either la codificazione da alcool in Alushta at a rural bus station will convince you of that. Toilets in cities are better, but sometimes not by much.
A tree or bush is always preferable, where possible. At pay toilets la codificazione da alcool in Alushta attendant will demand 5uah and proffer an absurdly small amount of toilet paper in exchange. The toilets at newly renovated train stations are quite acceptable, if a bit smelly. Avoid free blue Portaloos, which often stand unemptied for days and can be categorically foul.
Cafes and restaurants can often be touchy about noncustomers using their loos. The bathrooms on the trains are another mucky subject. Toilet la codificazione da alcool in Alushta in Ukraine is no longer so bad or so rare that you need to carry a major stash.
Sadly, much of it is out of date. Tourist information offices Most large towns in the west of the country have tourist offices; the east lags way behind. Ukraine has no tourist offices abroad, and the information stocked by its consulates and embassies is very general and basic. With its Slavic seaside fun, Crimea was once one of the la codificazione da alcool in Alushta places to holiday with young ones, but a visit to the Russian-occupied peninsula is certainly not recommended today.
Naturally the capital has the most facilities and indoor entertainment for children, including puppet theatres and aquaparks. With its pools, beaches, paddle boats and playgrounds, the spa town of Myrhorod is an enjoyable base for children.