Travel Advice for Ukraine
Ukraine
Capital: Kyiv

Time Zone GMT + 2 (GMT+ 3 during British summer time)
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 380
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available in most cities
Outgoing Code: 810
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, vul. Mykhailoivska Square, 1 252018 Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tel: (44) 226 3379 Fax: (44) 226 3169.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Regulations may change at short notice and you are advised to contact the relevant consular authority before finalising travel arrangements.
Visa
Information
Valid visa required by all. Mediacl insurance is required before a visa application can be made. Visas must be obtained before departure.
Health
Information
Other Health Risks: Cholera and Diphtheria, Tick borne encephalitis (in forested areas).
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Boil tap water before drinking it.
Currency Hryvnya Banks and currency offices will exchange money.
Credit cards are not widely accepted. The preferred currency for traveller's cheques is US dollars.
ATM availability: only a handful.
Cost of
Living
Less expensive than Western Europe.
Languages Ukrainian is the official state language. Russian is also widely spoken.
Weather Temperate with warm summers, crisp sunny autumns and cold, snowy winters.
Electricity 220 volts Ac 50 Hz.
Post Services are erratic. Letters to Western Europe can take up to 2 weeks.
Transport AIR: not recommended as flights are far from comfortable and buying tickets is extremely difficult.
RAIL: as buying tickets is difficult it is advisable to pre book through Intourist in London.
BUSES: exist but are not recommended
TAXIS: are available and fares should be agreed in advance.
DOCUMENTATION: International driving licence is required to drive in Ukraine.
Special
Information
All visitors must register with the Ministry of Internal Affairs within three days of arrival. A room in a private home is an excellent accommodation option in the Ukraine as the people are friendly and hospitable. Carry your passport at all times.