American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Ukraine for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities are comparable to North American facilities. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items, so it is highly recommended to bring any necessary medication with you.
The climate of the Ukraine can be described as dry and continental with warm, dry summers, and fairly severe winters. The coldest month is January with average around 0 °C, although temperatures may drop much lower with heavy snowfall. In the summer, temperatures average around 25-30 °C, but can be much warmer reaching 35 °C or higher. Generally, May-September have the most pleasant temperatures and are the best times to travel to the Ukraine.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Ukraine is supplied at 220 volts. Sockets are designed to accept two round prongs. Some sockets will take the plugs with large prongs only; others will take the ones with small prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Ukraine. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible).
Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels.
Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, zoom lens, a spare camera battery and charger, and dust-resistant case.
The currency in Ukraine is Hryvnia. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Ukrainian money comes in different colors and denominations, with notes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 Hryvnia. There are also Ukrainian coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50 kopiykas, and 1, 2, and 5 Hryvnia. We recommend that you bring approximately 500 Hryvnia of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Currency: Hryvnia (?)
Religion: Ukrainian Orthodox
Time Zone: UTC +2
Electricity: 220 Volts
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Ukraine is +380
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Ukraine: For general emergencies, dial 112. For fire dial 101, police 102, and ambulance 103.