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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Consular services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
Ukrainian Embassies and Consulates worldwide
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
The Ukraine has a relatively dense public transport network: trains, buses, minibuses, trolley buses, trams, taxis and subway in the big towns. It is difficult to use public transport because everything is written in Cyrillic.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
Mapblast
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Kiev - Boryspil(KBP) 29 km / 18 miles UAH 100 / 25-40 min UAH 20 / 40-60 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
The Ukraine offers a wide range of national means transport, serving all major towns: planes, trains, buses, minibuses and taxis are common and cheap.
Rail Companies
Ukrainian railways (website in Ukrainian or Russian).

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Ukraine International Airlines Traditional Yes Yes
Aerosvit Airlines Traditional Yes Yes
Aerostar Airlines (website in Ukranian) Charter Yes No

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The road network is in poor condition. Drive carefully, avoid driving at night outside the cities, watch the behavior of local people, who often do not respect the highway code or traffic rules generally. Also watch the pedestrians. Having insurance for your vehicle is compulsory.
Road Maps
Road maps
Find an Itinerary
Multimap

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
There are many castles and fortresses from the Middle Ages to visit in western Ukraine.
Cultural
Many festivals enliven Ukraine's cultural life.
Nature
There are numerous sites in the country that are recognized by the UNESCO.
Religious
Ukraine is the cradle of the Orthodox religion.
Thermal
The thermal towns are Truskavet, Morshyn et Skhidnytsia.
Beach
Ukraine's most beautiful beaches are in the Crimea.
Winter Sports
Ukraine's winter tourism is concentrated in the Carpathian mountains.
Shopping
KievUkraine provides information on shopping in Kiev.
Tourism Organizations
Information portal on tourism in Ukraine
National Tourist Organization of Ukraine

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There are no vaccination requirements for international travel.

However, the virulence of the swine 'flu (H1N1) forces travelers to seriously consider getting vaccinated against it. Likewise, there are areas in the country with risks of tuberculosis and where it is recommended to have the BCG vaccine. Lastly, the AIDS pandemic should not be ignored.

To avoid any risk of diphtheria, tourists and travelers who wish to travel, from spring to autumn outside large urban areas in the Ukraine, must absolutely be vaccinated against diphtheria and avoid, as far as possible, drinking tap water. Water taken from sources which are supposedly to be drinkable must be systematically boiled and if possible, filtered. Moreover, when walking in the forest, you should wear clothes which cover your arms and legs. This is because ticks, which carry encephalitis, fall from trees and attach themselves to exposed limbs.

International Hospitals
There are no international hospitals. The most esteemed private clinics are "Boris" and "Medicom". There is also the American Medical Center: Tel: 211.65.65.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Travel information
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
US Department of State travel information
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 102
Firefighters 101
Emergency services in English 112
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Kiev (GMT+2 in winter, GMT+3 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Ukraine has a temperate continental climate and a Mediterranean type climate on the shores of the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula. Average temperatures vary between -10 to +2°C in winter, and near +10°C in summer.
For Further Information
Ukraine weather (website in Russian)
Weather Yahoo - Ukraine
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
- Vareniki: a sort of ravioli stuffed with soft white cheese, meat or potatoes;
- Borshch: a beetroot based soup;
- Pampushki: small fresh bread rolls which are eaten with borshch;
- Galushki: a kind of gnocchi served with sour cream;
- Salo: sliced, smoked bacon;
- Farshirovannie pertsi:  stuffed sweet peppers; the stuffing is made of a mixture of ground meat and rice;
- Farshirovannie sinenkie - eggplant with a vegetable stuffing (carrot, onion, cabbage);
- Golubtsi - stuffed cabbage.
Drinks
Ukrainian vodka is called the horilka or samohon if it is made at home. It can be flavored with honey or fruit. Ukrainian wine is produced in Crimea. In terms of non-alcoholic drinks, there is kompot, which is fruit juice and the kvass, which is a traditional drink made from rye.
Dietary Restrictions
No specific culinary restrictions in Ukraine.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Ukrainian Hryvnia
ISO Code
UAH
To Obtain Domestic Currency
There are very many places where you can change money and ATMs can be found in banks and shops in urban areas.
Possible Means of Payment
Cash is still the most common form of payment. However, payment by credit card is becoming more and more common.

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Speaking

Official Language
Ukrainian
Other Languages Spoken
The Constitution protects minority languages, especially Russian which is spoken in the center, south and in the east of the country. Indeed, Russian speaking people are the most significant national minority in Ukraine (22%). Otherwise, the administration only uses Ukrainian. However, the majority of civil servants are bilingual, even if some of them prefer using Russian. In Crimea, the language spoken is Tatar. It is highly recommended to speak only Ukrainian in the western part of the country.
Business Language
Russian remains the language of business except in the west of the country. Although there are more and more people with some knowledge of English, an interpreter is often required.
Getting Some Knowledge
Linguashop: Language learning software website.
Free Translation Tools
Ukrainian Linguistic Resources on line : English-Ukrainian-English Dictionary
On-line translator "Multitran" : Translation of text and web pages
Translator "Travlang" : Typical phrases in Ukrainian
On-line translator "PROMPT" : Translation of text

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Ukraine-Tours
Select-a-room.com
To Find an Apartment
Apartments to rent in the center of Kiev
Apartments to rent in the center of Odessa
Apartment for rent in Kharkov, Ukraine
Apartments to rent in the center of Lviv
Apartments to rent in the center of Donetsk
Apartments to rent in the center of Dnepropetrovsk

To Find a Job
Work in Ukraine
Work in Kiev
Work in Kiev

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