Monday, June 4, 2012

Travel advice for Ukraine.


  • There is a low threat from
  •  terrorism.  But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
  • You should beware of petty crime, especially in crowded areas and tourist spots or when using public transport.
  • You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General -
  •  Insurance. 
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Safety and Security - Crime
Although the vast majority of visitors experience no difficulties, foreign nationals have been the victims of violent crime in Kyiv and other major cities. In some cases attacks have been racially motivated. Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care.

You should report any incidents to the police. A list of local translators is available on the British Embassy website. They will be able to help you report the crime to the police. The British Embassy cannot report crimes on your behalf.
Safety and Security - CrimeAlthough the vast majority of visitors experience no difficulties, foreign nationals have been the victims of violent crime in Kyiv and other major cities. In some cases attacks have been racially motivated. Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care.
You should report any incidents to the police. A list of local translators is available on the British Embassy website. They will be able to help you report the crime to the police. The British Embassy cannot report crimes on your behalf.

You should report any incidents to the police. A list of local translators is available on the British Embassy website. They will be able to help you report the crime to the police. The British Embassy cannot report crimes on your behalf.
A common scam is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The criminal then "finds" the money and asks if it is the tourist's or offers to share the money with them. If you are approached in this way, you should walk away without engaging in conversation.

Take particular care to safeguard your passport and credit/ATM cards. Do not lose sight of your credit cards during transactions. Theft of and from vehicles is common so do not leave documents or money in your vehicle. Be aware that non-regulated taxi drivers can overcharge. Use official taxis, which have the name and telephone number of the taxi company on the side of the door and on the top of the taxi. Do not leave drinks or food unattended as they could be spiked and beware of accepting drinks from casual acquaintances.

See our Victims of Crime Abroad and Tips for personal safetypage.

Safety and Security - Local TravelMost towns and cities have a comprehensive network of buses, trolleybuses and trams.  You can usually buy a ticket (“bilet”) at ticket booths at major stops; if not, then once you board you should buy one from the ticket conductor or driver. The ticket will normally need to be validated by being ‘punched’. You can be fined on the spot if you are travelling with an invalid ticket.

There is a wide network of minibuses. The fare is normally displayed on the window inside the minibus. You may need to pass your money to the driver via other passengers. The fare is between 1.50 and 3.00 Hryvnia.

Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk have metro systems where tokens can be purchased at vending machines inside the stations or at the ticket office. These tokens cost 2.00 Hryvnia.  Recent upgrades in preparation for EURO 2012 now means that metro signs in Kyiv are displayed in both Ukrainian and English as well as ‘next stop’ announcements being communicated in both Ukrainian and English.  There are no public transport services from 00:00 to 06:00 and there is no metro connection to Kyiv city centre from Boryspil International Airport.  The most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taxi.  Alternatively you can take the ‘Sky Bus’ from the airport to the city centre (via Kharkivska metro station to the South Station of Kyiv-Pasazhirskyy train station). Sky Buses go from Terminals B and F and tickets cost 25 Hryvnia.  Tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Kiy Avia in Terminals B and F.

For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.



Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

A common scam is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The criminal then "finds" the money and asks if it is the tourist's or offers to share the money with them. If you are approached in this way, you should walk away without engaging in conversation.
Take particular care to safeguard your passport and credit/ATM cards. Do not lose sight of your credit cards during transactions. Theft of and from vehicles is common so do not leave documents or money in your vehicle. Be aware that non-regulated taxi drivers can overcharge. Use official taxis, which have the name and telephone number of the taxi company on the side of the door and on the top of the taxi. Do not leave drinks or food unattended as they could be spiked and beware of accepting drinks from casual acquaintances.

See our Victims of Crime Abroad and Tips for personal safetypage.

Safety and Security - Local TravelMost towns and cities have a comprehensive network of buses, trolleybuses and trams.  You can usually buy a ticket (“bilet”) at ticket booths at major stops; if not, then once you board you should buy one from the ticket conductor or driver. The ticket will normally need to be validated by being ‘punched’. You can be fined on the spot if you are travelling with an invalid ticket.

There is a wide network of minibuses. The fare is normally displayed on the window inside the minibus. You may need to pass your money to the driver via other passengers. The fare is between 1.50 and 3.00 Hryvnia.

Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk have metro systems where tokens can be purchased at vending machines inside the stations or at the ticket office. These tokens cost 2.00 Hryvnia.  Recent upgrades in preparation for EURO 2012 now means that metro signs in Kyiv are displayed in both Ukrainian and English as well as ‘next stop’ announcements being communicated in both Ukrainian and English.  There are no public transport services from 00:00 to 06:00 and there is no metro connection to Kyiv city centre from Boryspil International Airport.  The most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taxi.  Alternatively you can take the ‘Sky Bus’ from the airport to the city centre (via Kharkivska metro station to the South Station of Kyiv-Pasazhirskyy train station). Sky Buses go from Terminals B and F and tickets cost 25 Hryvnia.  Tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Kiy Avia in Terminals B and F.

For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.



Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Take particular care to safeguard your passport and credit/ATM cards. Do not lose sight of your credit cards during transactions. Theft of and from vehicles is common so do not leave documents or money in your vehicle. Be aware that non-regulated taxi drivers can overcharge. Use official taxis, which have the name and telephone number of the taxi company on the side of the door and on the top of the taxi. Do not leave drinks or food unattended as they could be spiked and beware of accepting drinks from casual acquaintances.
See our Victims of Crime Abroad and Tips for personal safetypage.

Safety and Security - Local TravelMost towns and cities have a comprehensive network of buses, trolleybuses and trams.  You can usually buy a ticket (“bilet”) at ticket booths at major stops; if not, then once you board you should buy one from the ticket conductor or driver. The ticket will normally need to be validated by being ‘punched’. You can be fined on the spot if you are travelling with an invalid ticket.

There is a wide network of minibuses. The fare is normally displayed on the window inside the minibus. You may need to pass your money to the driver via other passengers. The fare is between 1.50 and 3.00 Hryvnia.

Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk have metro systems where tokens can be purchased at vending machines inside the stations or at the ticket office. These tokens cost 2.00 Hryvnia.  Recent upgrades in preparation for EURO 2012 now means that metro signs in Kyiv are displayed in both Ukrainian and English as well as ‘next stop’ announcements being communicated in both Ukrainian and English.  There are no public transport services from 00:00 to 06:00 and there is no metro connection to Kyiv city centre from Boryspil International Airport.  The most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taxi.  Alternatively you can take the ‘Sky Bus’ from the airport to the city centre (via Kharkivska metro station to the South Station of Kyiv-Pasazhirskyy train station). Sky Buses go from Terminals B and F and tickets cost 25 Hryvnia.  Tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Kiy Avia in Terminals B and F.

For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.



Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

See our Victims of Crime Abroad and Tips for personal safetypage.
Safety and Security - Local TravelMost towns and cities have a comprehensive network of buses, trolleybuses and trams.  You can usually buy a ticket (“bilet”) at ticket booths at major stops; if not, then once you board you should buy one from the ticket conductor or driver. The ticket will normally need to be validated by being ‘punched’. You can be fined on the spot if you are travelling with an invalid ticket.

There is a wide network of minibuses. The fare is normally displayed on the window inside the minibus. You may need to pass your money to the driver via other passengers. The fare is between 1.50 and 3.00 Hryvnia.

Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk have metro systems where tokens can be purchased at vending machines inside the stations or at the ticket office. These tokens cost 2.00 Hryvnia.  Recent upgrades in preparation for EURO 2012 now means that metro signs in Kyiv are displayed in both Ukrainian and English as well as ‘next stop’ announcements being communicated in both Ukrainian and English.  There are no public transport services from 00:00 to 06:00 and there is no metro connection to Kyiv city centre from Boryspil International Airport.  The most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taxi.  Alternatively you can take the ‘Sky Bus’ from the airport to the city centre (via Kharkivska metro station to the South Station of Kyiv-Pasazhirskyy train station). Sky Buses go from Terminals B and F and tickets cost 25 Hryvnia.  Tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Kiy Avia in Terminals B and F.

For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.



Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Safety and Security - Local TravelMost towns and cities have a comprehensive network of buses, trolleybuses and trams.  You can usually buy a ticket (“bilet”) at ticket booths at major stops; if not, then once you board you should buy one from the ticket conductor or driver. The ticket will normally need to be validated by being ‘punched’. You can be fined on the spot if you are travelling with an invalid ticket.
There is a wide network of minibuses. The fare is normally displayed on the window inside the minibus. You may need to pass your money to the driver via other passengers. The fare is between 1.50 and 3.00 Hryvnia.

Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk have metro systems where tokens can be purchased at vending machines inside the stations or at the ticket office. These tokens cost 2.00 Hryvnia.  Recent upgrades in preparation for EURO 2012 now means that metro signs in Kyiv are displayed in both Ukrainian and English as well as ‘next stop’ announcements being communicated in both Ukrainian and English.  There are no public transport services from 00:00 to 06:00 and there is no metro connection to Kyiv city centre from Boryspil International Airport.  The most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taxi.  Alternatively you can take the ‘Sky Bus’ from the airport to the city centre (via Kharkivska metro station to the South Station of Kyiv-Pasazhirskyy train station). Sky Buses go from Terminals B and F and tickets cost 25 Hryvnia.  Tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Kiy Avia in Terminals B and F.

For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.



Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

There is a wide network of minibuses. The fare is normally displayed on the window inside the minibus. You may need to pass your money to the driver via other passengers. The fare is between 1.50 and 3.00 Hryvnia.
Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk have metro systems where tokens can be purchased at vending machines inside the stations or at the ticket office. These tokens cost 2.00 Hryvnia.  Recent upgrades in preparation for EURO 2012 now means that metro signs in Kyiv are displayed in both Ukrainian and English as well as ‘next stop’ announcements being communicated in both Ukrainian and English.  There are no public transport services from 00:00 to 06:00 and there is no metro connection to Kyiv city centre from Boryspil International Airport.  The most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taxi.  Alternatively you can take the ‘Sky Bus’ from the airport to the city centre (via Kharkivska metro station to the South Station of Kyiv-Pasazhirskyy train station). Sky Buses go from Terminals B and F and tickets cost 25 Hryvnia.  Tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Kiy Avia in Terminals B and F.

For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.



Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk have metro systems where tokens can be purchased at vending machines inside the stations or at the ticket office. These tokens cost 2.00 Hryvnia.  Recent upgrades in preparation for EURO 2012 now means that metro signs in Kyiv are displayed in both Ukrainian and English as well as ‘next stop’ announcements being communicated in both Ukrainian and English.  There are no public transport services from 00:00 to 06:00 and there is no metro connection to Kyiv city centre from Boryspil International Airport.  The most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taxi.  Alternatively you can take the ‘Sky Bus’ from the airport to the city centre (via Kharkivska metro station to the South Station of Kyiv-Pasazhirskyy train station). Sky Buses go from Terminals B and F and tickets cost 25 Hryvnia.  Tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Kiy Avia in Terminals B and F.
For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.



Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

For further information and bus schedule times, visit the Borispil International Airport website.


Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 


Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road TravelYou must possess a valid International Driving Permit to drive legally in Ukraine. You must have original vehicle-registration papers, ownership documents and insurance papers available at all times. These will be required if you are stopped by the police and, in particular, when crossing borders. This also applies to rental vehicles.  If you do not have these papers when stopped by the police they have the right to impound your vehicle and charge you for this.
Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Local driving standards are poor: street lights are weak, speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored, and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring.
Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Roads are of variable quality. Driving outside major urban centres during the hours of darkness can be hazardous due to uneven driving standards, poor street and vehicle lights and variable road surfaces. You should therefore avoid night-time travel wherever possible when planning journeys to other cities.
Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Seat belts must be used. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving.
There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. Speeding, drunk driving and infrequent use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles are the main contributing factors.
We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

We have received reports of traffic police stopping vehicles and levying on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations. Ukrainian law allows the police to stop a vehicle. The police officer should give their name and rank, explain the reason why you have been stopped and make an administrative offence report in the case of a traffic violation. Fines have to be paid at a bank within fifteen days.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Traffic Police has published the following Helpline and Duty Telephone numbers that you may contact for advice:
Ministry of Internal Affairs:

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Ministry of Internal Affairs:
Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4

Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Helpline: (8044) 256 1675
Duty Tel: (8044) 256 1002/4
Department of Traffic Police:

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Department of Traffic Police:
Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)

See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Helpline: (8044) 272 4659
Duty Tel: (8044) 272 3660
(Ukrainian officials generally only speak Ukrainian and Russian)
See our Driving Abroad page.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

See our Driving Abroad page.
Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Rail TravelTake particular care on public transport. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure.
Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Train timetables and ticket reservation is available online on theUkrainian Railways site but currently only in Ukrainian.
Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 

Safety and Security - Political SituationUkraine Country Profile 
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS
Penalties for being caught in possession of drugs are severe.

Smoking and drinking alcoholic drinks in public places is officially banned. Public places include: transport, bus stops, underground crossings, cultural, sports and governmental establishments, playgrounds, parks, etc.

Penalties for being caught in possession of drugs are severe.
Smoking and drinking alcoholic drinks in public places is officially banned. Public places include: transport, bus stops, underground crossings, cultural, sports and governmental establishments, playgrounds, parks, etc.

Smoking and drinking alcoholic drinks in public places is officially banned. Public places include: transport, bus stops, underground crossings, cultural, sports and governmental establishments, playgrounds, parks, etc.
Corruption remains a major problem in Ukraine. If you think you have been mistreated by an official body then you should report your case to the police or State Officials:

Ukrainian Immigration hot-line: +380 44 527-63-63 (in Ukrainian)

Ukrainian Police Force – you can report it to the General Prosecutor’s office in writing only, www.gp.gov.ua (in Ukrainian);

Customs - + 38 044 247 2719, dovira@customs.gov.ua;

State Officials – contact Organized Crime Department (Guboz) on tel. +38 044 362 8327, 222 6812, 521 6628, www.guboz.gov.ua (in Ukrainian).

You should carry your passport at all times for ID purposes. Police often carry out passport checks on foreign nationals, particularly in the Khreschatik (central) area of Kyiv. Policemen must introduce themselves (name, post, rank, reason for ID check) and present a document verifying their position. Your original passport is required since no other document (e.g. driving licence, National Insurance card etc) can provide information on your legal status in Ukraine (officers will often check your registration or entry/exit stamps). Failure to provide your passport could be grounds for detention until your identity and permission to stay in the country is confirmed. If you are detained you should request an official report.

Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   

Corruption remains a major problem in Ukraine. If you think you have been mistreated by an official body then you should report your case to the police or State Officials:
Ukrainian Immigration hot-line: +380 44 527-63-63 (in Ukrainian)

Ukrainian Police Force – you can report it to the General Prosecutor’s office in writing only, www.gp.gov.ua (in Ukrainian);

Customs - + 38 044 247 2719, dovira@customs.gov.ua;

State Officials – contact Organized Crime Department (Guboz) on tel. +38 044 362 8327, 222 6812, 521 6628, www.guboz.gov.ua (in Ukrainian).

You should carry your passport at all times for ID purposes. Police often carry out passport checks on foreign nationals, particularly in the Khreschatik (central) area of Kyiv. Policemen must introduce themselves (name, post, rank, reason for ID check) and present a document verifying their position. Your original passport is required since no other document (e.g. driving licence, National Insurance card etc) can provide information on your legal status in Ukraine (officers will often check your registration or entry/exit stamps). Failure to provide your passport could be grounds for detention until your identity and permission to stay in the country is confirmed. If you are detained you should request an official report.

Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   

Ukrainian Immigration hot-line: +380 44 527-63-63 (in Ukrainian)
Ukrainian Police Force – you can report it to the General Prosecutor’s office in writing only, www.gp.gov.ua (in Ukrainian);

Customs - + 38 044 247 2719, dovira@customs.gov.ua;

State Officials – contact Organized Crime Department (Guboz) on tel. +38 044 362 8327, 222 6812, 521 6628, www.guboz.gov.ua (in Ukrainian).

You should carry your passport at all times for ID purposes. Police often carry out passport checks on foreign nationals, particularly in the Khreschatik (central) area of Kyiv. Policemen must introduce themselves (name, post, rank, reason for ID check) and present a document verifying their position. Your original passport is required since no other document (e.g. driving licence, National Insurance card etc) can provide information on your legal status in Ukraine (officers will often check your registration or entry/exit stamps). Failure to provide your passport could be grounds for detention until your identity and permission to stay in the country is confirmed. If you are detained you should request an official report.

Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   

Ukrainian Police Force – you can report it to the General Prosecutor’s office in writing only, www.gp.gov.ua (in Ukrainian);
Customs - + 38 044 247 2719, dovira@customs.gov.ua;

State Officials – contact Organized Crime Department (Guboz) on tel. +38 044 362 8327, 222 6812, 521 6628, www.guboz.gov.ua (in Ukrainian).

You should carry your passport at all times for ID purposes. Police often carry out passport checks on foreign nationals, particularly in the Khreschatik (central) area of Kyiv. Policemen must introduce themselves (name, post, rank, reason for ID check) and present a document verifying their position. Your original passport is required since no other document (e.g. driving licence, National Insurance card etc) can provide information on your legal status in Ukraine (officers will often check your registration or entry/exit stamps). Failure to provide your passport could be grounds for detention until your identity and permission to stay in the country is confirmed. If you are detained you should request an official report.

Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   

Customs - + 38 044 247 2719, dovira@customs.gov.ua;
State Officials – contact Organized Crime Department (Guboz) on tel. +38 044 362 8327, 222 6812, 521 6628, www.guboz.gov.ua (in Ukrainian).

You should carry your passport at all times for ID purposes. Police often carry out passport checks on foreign nationals, particularly in the Khreschatik (central) area of Kyiv. Policemen must introduce themselves (name, post, rank, reason for ID check) and present a document verifying their position. Your original passport is required since no other document (e.g. driving licence, National Insurance card etc) can provide information on your legal status in Ukraine (officers will often check your registration or entry/exit stamps). Failure to provide your passport could be grounds for detention until your identity and permission to stay in the country is confirmed. If you are detained you should request an official report.

Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   

State Officials – contact Organized Crime Department (Guboz) on tel. +38 044 362 8327, 222 6812, 521 6628, www.guboz.gov.ua (in Ukrainian).
You should carry your passport at all times for ID purposes. Police often carry out passport checks on foreign nationals, particularly in the Khreschatik (central) area of Kyiv. Policemen must introduce themselves (name, post, rank, reason for ID check) and present a document verifying their position. Your original passport is required since no other document (e.g. driving licence, National Insurance card etc) can provide information on your legal status in Ukraine (officers will often check your registration or entry/exit stamps). Failure to provide your passport could be grounds for detention until your identity and permission to stay in the country is confirmed. If you are detained you should request an official report.

Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   

You should carry your passport at all times for ID purposes. Police often carry out passport checks on foreign nationals, particularly in the Khreschatik (central) area of Kyiv. Policemen must introduce themselves (name, post, rank, reason for ID check) and present a document verifying their position. Your original passport is required since no other document (e.g. driving licence, National Insurance card etc) can provide information on your legal status in Ukraine (officers will often check your registration or entry/exit stamps). Failure to provide your passport could be grounds for detention until your identity and permission to stay in the country is confirmed. If you are detained you should request an official report.
Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   

Don’t take photographs in the vicinity of government or military establishments.   
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
An appropriate visa will be required if you are travelling to Ukraine for the purpose of employment, study, family reunion, immigration etc. Please seek further advice from the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh.

As of 10 September 2011, a resolution came into force introducing new visa types and fees and up-dated procedures for registration with local authorities (VGIRFO offices). You can read about the legal status of foreigners here (in Ukrainian). For further advice, please check with the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK. The Consular Section of the British Embassy cannot advise on visa requirements for travel to Ukraine.

An appropriate visa will be required if you are travelling to Ukraine for the purpose of employment, study, family reunion, immigration etc. Please seek further advice from the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh.
As of 10 September 2011, a resolution came into force introducing new visa types and fees and up-dated procedures for registration with local authorities (VGIRFO offices). You can read about the legal status of foreigners here (in Ukrainian). For further advice, please check with the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK. The Consular Section of the British Embassy cannot advise on visa requirements for travel to Ukraine.

As of 10 September 2011, a resolution came into force introducing new visa types and fees and up-dated procedures for registration with local authorities (VGIRFO offices). You can read about the legal status of foreigners here (in Ukrainian). For further advice, please check with the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK. The Consular Section of the British Embassy cannot advise on visa requirements for travel to Ukraine.
Entry Requirements - Passport Validity
You must hold a valid passport to enter Ukraine. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure. You do not have to wait until your old passport expires to apply to renew it. Any time left on your old passport when you apply will be added to your new passport, up to a maximum of nine months. For passport applications in the UK, you should apply to the Identity and Passport Service.

Entry Requirements - UK Emergency Travel Document (ETD)
UK ETDs are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Ukraine.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with children
Single parents travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter or leave the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. They may want to see a birth certificate, a letter of consent from the other parent and documentary evidence of parental responsibility. If you have concerns about which documents to provide check with the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh or the Ukrainian immigration hotline +38044 527 6363 (in Ukrainian).

Entry Requirements - Passport Validity
You must hold a valid passport to enter Ukraine. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure. You do not have to wait until your old passport expires to apply to renew it. Any time left on your old passport when you apply will be added to your new passport, up to a maximum of nine months. For passport applications in the UK, you should apply to the Identity and Passport Service.
Entry Requirements - UK Emergency Travel Document (ETD)
UK ETDs are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Ukraine.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with children
Single parents travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter or leave the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. They may want to see a birth certificate, a letter of consent from the other parent and documentary evidence of parental responsibility. If you have concerns about which documents to provide check with the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh or the Ukrainian immigration hotline +38044 527 6363 (in Ukrainian).

Entry Requirements - UK Emergency Travel Document (ETD)
UK ETDs are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Ukraine.
Entry Requirements - Travelling with children
Single parents travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter or leave the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. They may want to see a birth certificate, a letter of consent from the other parent and documentary evidence of parental responsibility. If you have concerns about which documents to provide check with the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh or the Ukrainian immigration hotline +38044 527 6363 (in Ukrainian).

Entry Requirements - Travelling with children
Single parents travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter or leave the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. They may want to see a birth certificate, a letter of consent from the other parent and documentary evidence of parental responsibility. If you have concerns about which documents to provide check with the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh or the Ukrainian immigration hotline +38044 527 6363 (in Ukrainian).
HEALTH
There is a bilateral agreement between Ukraine and the UK on Emergency Medical Treatment. However, the agreement only covers emergency medical treatment. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

State medical facilities in Ukraine are generally poor. Private clinics and hospitals offer a better standard of care, though these do not always meet western standards and practices. If you are involved in an accident or taken ill, it is likely that you will be taken to a State hospital unless you can show that you have comprehensive medical insurance cover.

English is not always widely spoken and British patients may face communication difficulties.

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 350,000 adults aged 15 or over in Ukraine were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 1.1% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.

There is a bilateral agreement between Ukraine and the UK on Emergency Medical Treatment. However, the agreement only covers emergency medical treatment. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
State medical facilities in Ukraine are generally poor. Private clinics and hospitals offer a better standard of care, though these do not always meet western standards and practices. If you are involved in an accident or taken ill, it is likely that you will be taken to a State hospital unless you can show that you have comprehensive medical insurance cover.

English is not always widely spoken and British patients may face communication difficulties.

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 350,000 adults aged 15 or over in Ukraine were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 1.1% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.

State medical facilities in Ukraine are generally poor. Private clinics and hospitals offer a better standard of care, though these do not always meet western standards and practices. If you are involved in an accident or taken ill, it is likely that you will be taken to a State hospital unless you can show that you have comprehensive medical insurance cover.
English is not always widely spoken and British patients may face communication difficulties.

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 350,000 adults aged 15 or over in Ukraine were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 1.1% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.

English is not always widely spoken and British patients may face communication difficulties.
In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 350,000 adults aged 15 or over in Ukraine were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 1.1% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 350,000 adults aged 15 or over in Ukraine were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 1.1% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 103 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Our Travel Health pages offer further advice on how to stay healthy when overseas.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 103 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Our Travel Health pages offer further advice on how to stay healthy when overseas.

Our Travel Health pages offer further advice on how to stay healthy when overseas.
GENERAL
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. This should include cover for all forms of medical treatment. Check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. See our Travel Insurance page.
If things do go wrong when you are overseas see our When Things Go Wrong page.

Keep your original passport with you at all times for ID purposes and ensure that next of kin details are kept up to date.

General - Consular Registration 
Register on the LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency. More information about registering with LOCATE can be found here.

Registration with the Embassy is different from registration with the local authorities and is not obligatory.

General - Customs Regulations 
Please check Ukrainian customs regulations prior to travel athttp://www.customs.gov.ua/dmsu/control/en, hot-line: (38-044) 247-27-19 (38 044) 247-28-50 - Ukrainian only. Failure to comply with local rules may result in payment of fines, confiscation of property or unplanned delay in travel.

There are strict customs regulations governing the export from Ukraine of antiques and items of historical interest. If in doubt seek prior permission from customs authorities.

General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

If things do go wrong when you are overseas see our When Things Go Wrong page.
Keep your original passport with you at all times for ID purposes and ensure that next of kin details are kept up to date.

General - Consular Registration 
Register on the LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency. More information about registering with LOCATE can be found here.

Registration with the Embassy is different from registration with the local authorities and is not obligatory.

General - Customs Regulations 
Please check Ukrainian customs regulations prior to travel athttp://www.customs.gov.ua/dmsu/control/en, hot-line: (38-044) 247-27-19 (38 044) 247-28-50 - Ukrainian only. Failure to comply with local rules may result in payment of fines, confiscation of property or unplanned delay in travel.

There are strict customs regulations governing the export from Ukraine of antiques and items of historical interest. If in doubt seek prior permission from customs authorities.

General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

Keep your original passport with you at all times for ID purposes and ensure that next of kin details are kept up to date.
General - Consular Registration 
Register on the LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency. More information about registering with LOCATE can be found here.

Registration with the Embassy is different from registration with the local authorities and is not obligatory.

General - Customs Regulations 
Please check Ukrainian customs regulations prior to travel athttp://www.customs.gov.ua/dmsu/control/en, hot-line: (38-044) 247-27-19 (38 044) 247-28-50 - Ukrainian only. Failure to comply with local rules may result in payment of fines, confiscation of property or unplanned delay in travel.

There are strict customs regulations governing the export from Ukraine of antiques and items of historical interest. If in doubt seek prior permission from customs authorities.

General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

General - Consular Registration 
Register on the LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency. More information about registering with LOCATE can be found here.
Registration with the Embassy is different from registration with the local authorities and is not obligatory.

General - Customs Regulations 
Please check Ukrainian customs regulations prior to travel athttp://www.customs.gov.ua/dmsu/control/en, hot-line: (38-044) 247-27-19 (38 044) 247-28-50 - Ukrainian only. Failure to comply with local rules may result in payment of fines, confiscation of property or unplanned delay in travel.

There are strict customs regulations governing the export from Ukraine of antiques and items of historical interest. If in doubt seek prior permission from customs authorities.

General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

Registration with the Embassy is different from registration with the local authorities and is not obligatory.
General - Customs Regulations 
Please check Ukrainian customs regulations prior to travel athttp://www.customs.gov.ua/dmsu/control/en, hot-line: (38-044) 247-27-19 (38 044) 247-28-50 - Ukrainian only. Failure to comply with local rules may result in payment of fines, confiscation of property or unplanned delay in travel.

There are strict customs regulations governing the export from Ukraine of antiques and items of historical interest. If in doubt seek prior permission from customs authorities.

General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

General - Customs Regulations 
Please check Ukrainian customs regulations prior to travel athttp://www.customs.gov.ua/dmsu/control/en, hot-line: (38-044) 247-27-19 (38 044) 247-28-50 - Ukrainian only. Failure to comply with local rules may result in payment of fines, confiscation of property or unplanned delay in travel.
There are strict customs regulations governing the export from Ukraine of antiques and items of historical interest. If in doubt seek prior permission from customs authorities.

General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

There are strict customs regulations governing the export from Ukraine of antiques and items of historical interest. If in doubt seek prior permission from customs authorities.
General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

General - MoneyThe official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Ensure that any Sterling you take to Ukraine is in Bank of England notes. Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish notes, as they did not recognise them as Sterling. There are numerous currency exchange kiosks and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks. Use only official exchange booths. ATMs are also available and credit cards are widely used, but not universally accepted, in cities. Outside cities you should ensure that you have sufficient funds available in local currency. Depending on the amount to be exchanged a passport and/or other ID is required to perform currency exchange operations. You should be given a receipt (NBU form № 377) when you exchange your currency. You should retain the receipt as you may be required to produce it if exchanging money back on departure.
If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

If you have no money, or your money is lost or stolen, contact your relatives or friends for help. They could help transfer money to you via commercial money-lending services. The British Embassy in Ukraine cannot give you money to help with travel, accommodation or pay your bills.
General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

General - Consular Assistance StatisticsAround 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. British nationals required consular assistance in Ukraine in 2011 for the following types of incident: five deaths; seven hospitalisations, four detentions and 17 lost and stolen passports.

  • Around 70,100 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2011 (Source: Border Guard Service of Ukraine). Most visits are trouble-free. See General - Consular Assistance Statistics. 
  • The UEFA Euro 2012 Championships will be held in Poland and Ukraine from 8 June to 1 July 2012. If you plan to attend, please organise your travel and accommodation well in advance. Distances between venue cities are significant. The tournament-specific advice and link to any authoritative local guidance can be found on our Euro 2012 page.



Safety and Security - Terrorism There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
Be alert to the possibility of street crime and petty theft and aware that foreigners may appear to be lucrative targets. Where possible, avoid walking alone late at night in dark or poorly lit streets. Keep valuables and cash out of sight, especially in crowded areas, tourist spots, and public transport, where pickpockets and bag snatchers operate.


According to Ukrainian law foreign workers need to obtain work permits to work in Ukraine and their documentation needs to be legalised prior to application. This cannot be done by the British Embassy in Ukraine. For information on how to legalise a document, go to http://www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation. Speak to your employer or a local lawyer regarding which documents might be required.
Although homosexuality is legal in Ukraine, public attitudes are less tolerant than in the UK and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. There is no provision under Ukrainian legislation guaranteeing freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and there has recently been an increase in hostility towards the LGBT community. On the advice of the police, organisers cancelled a Gay Pride Parade in Kyiv, scheduled to take place on 20 May 2012.  Anti-parade protesters disrupted the press-conference with tear gas and two organisers were attacked and hospitalised. A bill ‘prohibiting propaganda of homosexuality towards children’ is currently under consideration in the Rada (Parliament).


Entry Requirements - Visas Citizens of the EU (including British citizens) are allowed to enter Ukraine without a visa for a visit of up to 90 days. The overall duration of any stay without a visa must not exceed 90 calendar days per 180 calendar days from the date of first entry to Ukraine.
Please make sure you are fully aware of Ukraine’s immigration rules before travelling.


Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
The Ministry of Health have reported that there was an increase in the number of cases of measles in Ukraine in 2011 and at the beginning of 2012; the majority were in the territory of the Western Ukraine. The Ministry of Health and the WHO have issued health advice for those planning to travel to Poland and Ukraine for the Euro 2012 football championships.  Both pieces of advice strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against measles and rubella in sufficient time before you travel to Euro 2012. The WHO advice is available here.


General - Insurance 

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