I knew Ukraine was going to be interesting but it blew my expectations out of the water with its beauty and how welcoming it was too. Make sure to explore outside of Kiev as well, the different parts of the country vary drastically in vibe and feel as well as culture and views.
Drinking water: Not recommended to drink from the tap
Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)
Unvaccinated travelers must have a negative test. All travelers must have an insurance policy that covers Covid 19 that lasts through the duration of the trip. Unvaccinated travelers from India or Russia must undergo a 14 day quarantine.
**Make sure to triple check entry requirements well before departure as protocols are constantly changing**
Official currency: ₴ Ukrainian hryvnia
Budget: An excellent budget destination. Costs will come for tours like Chernobyl but otherwise most activities, transportation, food and accommodation are cheap. Backpackers can get away with spending around €15 per day and mid range travelers €30 per day.
Credit cards: Fairly common but have cash on hand for smaller purchases
Tipping: Not customary, but a slight tip expected from tourists
72 countries can enter visa free including the US, Canada, Europe and most of the rest of the Americas. Another handful can get an eVisa.
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**
**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**
Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
Official Languages: Ukranian
Hello: Добрий день (Dobryi den’)
Thank-you: Дякую (Djakuju)
Yes: Так (tak) No: Hi (nie)
Beer: пиво (pee-voh)
Water: Вода (vo-da)
When to go
Spring and fall is the best time to visit due to lower crowds and prices than the summer but with nice weather. Winter can be cold but it also means way fewer tourists making cities enjoyable as well as lovely Christmas markets and activities.
Don’t take selfies at Chernobyl, be respectful. Many died to protect the rest of the world. Don’t touch things, listen to the guide, follow the rules. You might think you are special, but you are not.