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Arrival in Ukraine - documents necessary

 

A passport which is valid for at least another three months at date of departure from home is required to enter Ukraine.

 

For children under 18, we suggest you contact your local passport office or Foreign Ministry for updated information.

Visa

 

Nationals of the European Union, the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein have been able to enter and transit Ukraine without requiring a visa for periods of not more than 90 days since 1 May 2005. This has now been extended to Canadian, American and Japanese citizens.

 

The requirement for a visa remains, however, for nationals of the above-mentioned countries in the two cases indicated below:

 

  1. If they intend to enter Ukraine for reasons such as family reunification, study, permanent stay, employment in Ukraine, or work in an accredited diplomatic office or Consulate in Ukraine;
  2. If they go to Ukraine for any other reason and the length of their stay in Ukraine is more than 90 days.


Immigration Card

 

The Immigration Card is usually handed out in the aeroplane or it can be picked up from one of the counters near the Customs barrier. It must be completed only by travelers who run out of pages for stamps in their passport. The instructions are given, point by point, below.

 

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Immigration Card

 

  1. Family name;
  2. Name;
  3. Nationality;
  4. Date of birth;
  5. Sex;
  6. Passport number;
  7. Information on the visa: only complete if required (see above) otherwise leave the field blank;
  8. Name and date of birth of any minors travelling with the person completing the form;
  9. Purpose of the trip (usually tourism);
  10. Name and address of the person with whom you will stay or the hotel (contact us for more information on the completion of this field);

  11. Flights numbers - arrival and departure.
  12. Signature.

 

Important: As can be seen, the form is in two sections (both to be completed). Once the check has ended, the Customs official will keep the part referring to your arrival and return the part on your departure to you. Keep this carefully throughout your stay as the document must be shown with the passport during routine checks by the Ukrainian police and at the Customs barrier when you leave the country.

 

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Customs regulations

 

The current laws state that the goods you are importing must be declared on a special form once you have entered the country.

 

There are limits on the import of some products. In detail, a person can import:

  • 10 000 € in cash;
  • 1 litre of spirits;
  • 2 litres of wine;
  • 200 cigarettes, or 250 grams tobacco or 50 cigars;
  • 5 litres of beer;
  • food to a value of not more than 50 €.

 

Special permits must be obtained for the import-export of:

  • Firearms;
  • Pets (they must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate of good health. The importation of dogs and cats of less than 3 months old is prohibited);
  • works of art and antiques (generally, these cannot be exported if made before 1945);
  • medicines (no more than 5 packets of each type of medicine or the quantity required by a patient undergoing treatment, according to the indications of the prescription).

Customs declaration

The Customs declaration must only be completed when currency of a value more than  10 000 € (Euro) is imported.

 

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Customs declaration

 

The form can be completed even if you have a lower amount of currency than that indicated above. Remember that mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and any other electronic equipment imported should also be declared.

 

The instructions for the completion of the form are given, point by point, below.

 

First, tick one of the first three boxes: Arrival, Departure or Transit

  1. Personal data. Give your family name, name, patronymic (leave blank), country of residence, nationality and data on your passport (ignore the ‘series' field), country you are coming from, country of destination (Ukraine), if there are any minors travelling with you (tick the appropriate ‘Yes' or ‘No' box) and how many, in this order.
  2. Information on your luggage
    1. Indicate whether you are carrying hand baggage and how many piecesIndicate whether there is any unaccompanied baggage and how many pieces.
  3. Information on the value of the goods carried
    1. Give a description, the amount in figures and words of the currency and goods imported, e.g. Euro, 2,500, two thousand five hundred;
    2. Indicate whether there are (all these boxes are usually completed with ‘No'):
      • Firearms, ammunition, explosives;
      • Drugs and psychotropic drugs;
      • Antiques and works of art;
      • Printed material and other items containing information;
      • Poisonous substances, those with a strong action and medicines;
      • Radioactive materials;
      • Flora and fauna, or parts and items obtained from them;
      • Goods subject to taxation;
      • Temporarily imported (or exported) goods;
      • High frequency equipment and means of communication;
      • Data of the vehicle (tick ‘Yes' only if you arrive by car).
    3. Information on the goods carried
      1. Give a description of, the number in figures and words and the value in US dollars of the items imported in accordance with what has been declared above. Mobile phones, cameras and video cameras and laptops should be declared.
      2. information on the vehicle (to be completed only if you arrive in Ukraine by car): type and model, year of production, cubic capacity, chassis number, coachwork number and engine number. If you own the vehicle, tick the ‘Temporary import' box.

 

Complete the form with the place, date and your signature.

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Language

The official language has been Ukrainian since 1991, the year in which independence was declared. However, Russian is still the most commonly spoken language in daily life.

 

Don't think that you'll be able to make yourself understood in English. It may seem strange to a westerner but, except for very rare occasions, it will be extremely difficult, even in the city centre, to call a taxi, order a meal in a restaurant or talk to a shop assistant without the help of a dictionary or a Russian phrase book.

 

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Time zone

The time zone in Ukraine is GMT +2. There is also ‘Summertime' between the end of March and the end of October.

 

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Currency

The local currency is the Hryvnia (UAH) divided into cents called kopecks.

 

 

                                 500 UAH              1 UAH 

 

The notes and coins currently available are:

  • Notes: 1, 2, 5, 10 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 UAH;
  • Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kopecks and 1 UAH.

 

The exchange rate with the Euro varies a lot; it is currently  29 Hryvnia to 1 Euro. The same applies to the US dollar, which is currently around 27 Hryvnia, after the fixed exchange of 5.05 UAH adopted in previous years was abandoned on 21 May 2008.

 

Contact your bank for more detailed and updated information.

 

Finding an exchange office won't be a problem; they're all over the place and are usually open from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.

 

Some businesses (including hotels and restaurants) in Ukraine don't accept credit cards. On the other hand, there are ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) everywhere and so getting cash won't be a problem. The most common payment circuits are Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron and Maestro.

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Electrical equipment

The electricity in Ukraine is 220 volts with a frequency of 50 Hz.

 

All the apartments offered on the site have electricity sockets compatible with the German/French standard.

 

Remember that most buildings don't have an earth so the sockets will only have two holes. As a result, some electrical equipment may need an adaptor.

 

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Safety

Compared to European standards, Kiev is enough quiet being one of the few large cities where you can still walk round at night with no problems. The level of crime is decidedly low.

 

However, as in every metropolis, there are sporadic episodes of violence or, particularly in the underground and crowded places, pickpockets. In any case, episodes of aggression or theft involving tourists are quite rare.

 

To ensure that you don't fall victim to any unpleasantness, just make sure that you follow basic safety rules based on ‘common sense' (don't wear clearly visible jewellery and avoid dark streets with few passersby.

 

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Health

undefinedFollowing the indications of the World Health Organisation, there is no requirement for vaccinations for international travellers going to Ukraine.


At present, the health structures throughout Ukraine don't have adequate technical instruments although there are plenty of them and the medical staff is well-trained. The exceptions to this are some private clinics in Kiev, which leave nothing to be desired compared to more advanced western medical centres but can, sometimes, turn out to be quite expensive.

 

 

In some cases, particularly if there is a need for constant assistance therapeutically, it may be useful to take out a health insurance policy so that there will always be access to better medical services. The policy can be acquired in your country of origin and also in Ukraine from ‘UKRINMEDSTRAKH'.


Pharmacy

There are lots of chemists in every part of Kiev. They're often open 24 hours a day
and have highly qualified staff.

 

The water in the mains water supply is not drinking water. We recommend that you only use mineral water to avoid gastrointestinal problems.

 

 

 

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Telephones

Land-lines

All the apartments offered have a telephone, usually only available for local traffic. This type of call is completely free of charge. All trunk calls and those to mobile phones must be reimbursed, where such calls can be made.

 

Telephone

 

  • To call a Kiev resident with a land line, just dial the number. 
  • To make a long-distance call, dial  code - number. 
  • To call Kiev from another town in Ukraine, dial 044 - number.


 

Mobile phones

 

Mobile phone operators

 

 

There are currently five mobile phone operators in Kiev:

  • MTS- Vodafone
  • Lifecell        
  • Kyivstar
  • 3Mob
  • Intertelecom

We strongly advise you to buy a local SIM card rather than using your own (as the costs are very high and there is no roaming).

 

Kyivstar and MTS - Vodafone have the best cover in Ukraine. Lifecell is recommended for those who often need to phone abroad and want to avoid searching for a call-centre or Internet point with a Skype position. An option is available which gives unlimited traffic at a cost of 0,80 UAH (about 3 Euro cents) a minute.

 

If you're interested, you can book a Ukraine SIM card through our site (with the international tariff activated if it's a Lifecell one). This will be given to you directly on your arrival at the airport. See the ‘ Services ' section of the site for more information.

 

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How to move around the city

Underground
Kiev Metro sign

The underground is the crowning achievement of the Kiev transport system - attractive, efficient, fast and economic.


There are three lines which cover the whole urban area superbly - the ‘Sviatoshinko-Brovarska', ‘Kurenivsko-Chervonoarmiyska' and ‘Syretsko-Pecherska' with 52 stations, 6 of which are interchange points.

 

Each station has a particular architectural feature and shopping centres can be found inside the most central ones.

 

Kiev Metro token

The average time from the last stations of each line to the centre is 15-20 minutes; in the rush hour, the trains usually run every 1-2 minutes. The service operates between 5.30 am and 12.00 midnight.


The access tokens for the underground can be bought at the ticket desks or from the automatic vending machines at the entrance to every station and cost 2 UAH (about 19 Euro cents) each. Each token is valid for one trip.

 

Map of the Kiev underground

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Kiev Metro Map

 

Taxi
There are plenty of taxeis in the city, both during the day and at night. Sometimes, you don't even have to call them, particularly if you're living in the city centre. All you have to do is go towards the nearest square, busy street or club to find one


However, some specific information is useful - although there are lots of radio-taxi companies, hardly any of them have a meter so you have to negotiate the cost of the trip before you start.


Taxi KievAs it happens almost everywhere, the taxi drivers tend to take advantage of tourists doubling, if not trebling, the usual fare. Only a very few are able to speak English so, unless you know some Russian or you're with a local, it will be extremely difficult to communicate with them.

 

We advise that you keep a map of the city handy so that you can show the taxi driver which part of the city you want to go to.

You can ask for the taxi booking service for the whole of your stay in Kiev through our site, at a reasonable extra cost. See the ‘Services' section of our site for more information.

 

Note

In most Ukrainian and Russian towns, anybody can improvise as a taxi driver, to supplement their income. These vehicles usually ask very low amounts. During your stay, you'll certainly see lots of ‘hitch-hikers' of all ages along the roads, trying to stop any driver.

 

Although this is a very common practice, we strongly advise against it as it may not be the safest option.


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Cars - Driving in Kiev

You may decide to rent a car from one of the many car hire companies while you're staying in Ukraine.

 

It's a cliché that using a car there is risky and uncomfortable because of the bad condition of the road surfaces, the lack of service stations and garages with spare parts.

 

In actual fact, driving in Kiev is quite possible for any western driver who is used to traffic in large towns and cities. All you need is knowledge of the basic laws and some local customs in driving.

 

Ukraine is a signatory of the 1968 Vienna Convention on road signs and has adapted to international standards for the most part.

 

 

Documents

To drive a car, you must have an international driving licence (the European licence is accepted). You must always have it with you.

 

Main rules

The current speed limits are:

  • 60 kph in urban areas;

  • 80 kph out of built-up areas;

  • 130 kph on motorways (there are very few).

 

If there is a breach of the law which is not serious, the policemen tend to be quite tolerant, particularly with foreigners given the real communication problems.

 

Note

There are no speed guns in Ukraine and measurements are made with traditional radar pistols. There is a sort of complicity/solidarity amongst drivers and warnings of road blocks are usually given to other drivers by flashing your headlights.

 

 


Traffic lightIf there is an extra panel at traffic lights with a green arrow, you can turn right even if the traffic lights are red.

You can usually park on the pavement in most parts of the city centre.

Safety belts are compulsory but hardly anyone uses them and it's extremely improbable that you would be stopped because you're not wearing one. Obviously, we strongly advise you to use the safety belt.

 

DO NOT DRIVE AFTER DRINKING In Ukraine, you cannot have any measure of alcohol in the blood and drive. There is currently a ‘zero tolerance' policy and fines are very heavy. DO NOT DRIVE AFTER DRINKING. If necessary, leave the car where you parked it and take a taxi.

 

If you have an accident:

  • Do not move the vehicle, even if it blocks the traffic;

  • Refuse any offer to resolve the accident privately;

  • Call the traffic police with the number 102 and wait.

 

Traffic police and fines

Traffic police can no longer fine drivers for breaches of the law. The only thing they can do is take your data and give you a summons to appear in court, a very irritating procedure.

 

As a result, we advise everyone to respect the rules when you're driving to avoid irritating difficulties.

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