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Ukraine

Capital
Kyiv
Time Zone
GMT + 2 (GMT+ 3 during British summer time)
Telephone Services
Country Code: 380
Outgoing Code: 810
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Not present
Tourist Information
Intourist, 219 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9PD Tel: (020) 7538 8600 or 538 5902 Fax: (020) 7538 5967
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all. Regulations may change at short notice and you are advised to contact the relevant consular authority before finalising travel arrangements.
Visa Information
Valid visa required by all. Mediacl insurance is required before a visa application can be made. Visas must be obtained before departure.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Not required
Malaria: Not present
Yellow Fever: No
Other Health Risks: Cholera and Diphtheria, Tick borne encephalitis (in forested areas).
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Boil tap water before drinking it.
Currency
Hryvnya Banks and currency offices will exchange money.
Credit cards are not widely accepted. The preferred currency for traveller’s cheques is US dollars.
ATM availability: only a handful
Cost of Living
Less expensive than Western Europe
Languages
Ukrainian is the official state language. Russian is also widely spoken.
Weather
Temperate with warm summers, crisp sunny autumns and cold, snowy winters.
Electricity
220 volts Ac 50 Hz.
Post
Services are erratic. Letters to Western Europe can take up to 2 weeks.
Transport
AIR: not recommended as flights are far from comfortable and buying tickets is extremely difficult. RAIL: as buying tickets is difficult it is advisable to pre book through Intourist in London. BUSES: exist but are not recommended TAXIS: are available and fares should be agreed in advance. DOCUMENTATION: International driving licence is required to drive in Ukraine.
Special Information
All visitors must register with the Ministry of Internal Affairs within three days of arrival. A room in a private home is an excellent accommodation option in the Ukraine as the people are friendly and hospitable. Carry your passport at all times.