PASSPORT & VISA

CUSTOMS

TRANSPORT

INTERNATIONAL TIME

OPERATING HOURS

HOLIDAYS

PAYMENTS

TIPS

ELECTRICITY

PHONE NUMBERS


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UKRAINE
Ukraine is the state in Eastern Europe (the total area is 603,700 sq.km), bordering Belarus to the North, the Russian Federation to the East and to the North, Poland, Slovakia to the West, and Hungary, Romania and Moldova to the southwest. In the south Ukraine is washed by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The capital is Kyiv. The climate is moderate continental nearly all over Ukraine, except the southernmost region of the Crimea where it is subtropical. The largest river of Ukraine is the Dnipro (Dnieper) - 2201 km in length, the largest mountain system is the Carpathians and the highest reak is Mount Hoverla (2061 m). The population of Ukraine is 51 millions, and 70% are Ukrainians. As for the religion, the largest denomination is Christian: Orthodox and Greek-Catholic churches. The official state language is Ukrainian, though Russian is widely spoken in most regions of Ukraine, except western one.
PASSPORT & VISA
Before arriving to Ukraine, you should take care of receiving a Ukrainian visa. This procedure is done at Ukrainian Consulate in your country.
CUSTOMS
While passing customs control, fill in very carefully the form given to you. It is advisable to keep this form checked and sealed by the official till the time of crossing the Ukrainian border, while leaving the country. The amount of money, which is allowed to bring, is not limited. The same refers to credit cards and traveler`s checks. While leaving the country, the amount of money you have with you is not to exaggerate the amount you brought to the country. For all articles of high artistic value you should receive the permission to export. The amount of Hryvnyas should not be more than 100.
TRANSPORT
There are two main ways to come to Ukraine: by air or by railway. The largest international airport is in Kyiv (this is airport Boryspil) though international flights arrive also to such cities as Lviv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, etc. All international fast trains either come or pass Kyiv Terminal. While travelling over Ukraine, you can use plane, railway or ship. Domestic flights connect Kyiv with regional centres. The average time of travelling is 1,5 up to 2 hours. You can also travel by train: Kyiv is linked with all main Ukrainian cities and towns. Most of trains start in the evening and arrive next day in the morning or about noon. Comfortable and fast overnight trains serve such destination as Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Donetsk. In summer time it is good choice to travel to Odesa , Yalta, Mykolayiv, Kherson by comfortable cruisers, combining rest, entertainment and sightseeing. The system of public transport in Ukraine includes underground, buses, trolley-buses, trams. The fastest means of transport in big cities is metro. Trains run from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Service is frequent, with trains at intervals of 1,5 to 2,5 minutes. The travel costs the same amount of money for all distances. Passengers should buy a plastic token in the vestibule before the turnstiles, deposit the token in a turnstile, and pass through when the light turns green. To travel by trolley-bus, bus or tram you should buy a ticket, either at the stop or from the driver and punch it by a punch on the wall. If you want to travel by taxi, you are advised to take only taxis with company`s name and checker-board. But you should discuss first the price with the driver and be ready to the fact that this service can be quite expensive. Using public transport is sometime problematic, if you are short of time or if you are not good enough at language. To avoid any troubles and worries you should order transfers or rent a car at a travel agency.
INTERNATIONAL TIME
When you come to Ukraine you should not forget that Ukraine`s time is two hours later than Greenwich Mean Time. To save power in daylight time clocks are advanced one hour from the last Sunday in March till the last Sunday in October.
OPERATING HOURS
The work time in Ukraine is usually eight hours per day, from Monday to Friday, with a lunchtime between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Most banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
HOLIDAYS
January 1 - New Year, January 7 - Christmas, March 8 - International Women`s Day (now just Women`s Spring Holiday), Easter - one day (Sunday in spring), May 1,2 - Labour Days, May 9 - Victory Day, the last May weekend - Kyiv`s Days, Holy Trinity - one day (Sunday in summer), June 28 - Constitution Day, August 24 - Independence Day, November 7-8 - Memory Days (former October Revolution Days).
PAYMENTS
The national currency is hryvnya. There are banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 hryvnyas. Besides this there are kopecks: 1 hruyvnya is 100 kopecks. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 kopecks. The most commonly accepted foreign hard currencies are United States Dollars (USD) and German Deutsche Marks (DEM). There are a lot of exchange points all over the city, though you are advised to change money at major hotels and official exchange points. Traveler`s Checks can be cashed at Intourist hotels and a number of banks. Credit cards become more widely used in Ukraine. At the entrance to a shop, restaurant, casino, etc. you will see always the information about credit cards that are accepted.
TIPS
A 5% service charge is often added to restaurant bills, but you may still add your own tip. About 10% are recommended.
ELECTRICITY
The standard electrical current in Ukraine is 220 volts. Clients having electric devices with North-American appliances need an adapter / a transformer (which you can buy in Ukraine).
PHONE NUMBERS
Fire 01
Police 02
Ambulance 03
Gas Service 04

If you want to make an international call by automatic connection, dial 8, wait for a signal, then 10, and then the code of the country, city and the telephone number. To make an inner call, dial 8, then city code and then the necessary telephone number.

The Golden Gate (Kyiv)
The Opera House (Kyiv)
Cossacks
Swallow Nest (Yalta)
The Carpathian Mountains
Dniprohes (Zaporizhya)
Rivne



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