UKRAINE TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia's Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.

 

This is a country dotted with names familiar to any student of history: Odesa, Sevastopol, Kiev, Yalta and Chernobyl.

A country which has weathered many storms, from nuclear disaster to forced communism- a country which is now on the upswing, opening its doors to tourists flocking to Kiev’s St Sophia Cathedral, to the beaches of Crimea, the national parks of the Western Carpathians.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Ukraine has restricted the entry to most foreign travelers until at least September 28, except first-degree relatives of Ukrainian citizens, people transiting within 48 hours, permanent and temporary residents, people with permits to work in Ukraine, technical specialists invited by Ukrainian enterprises, students, lorry and coach drivers and train and air crew, people visiting on official government invitation, sportspeople taking part in officially sanctioned competitions, diplomats, and some others. Here is the link for more information of Ukrainian government list of categories for exemption to enter the country.A self-quarantine will apply to all travelers arriving from countries deemed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to have a high incidence of COVID-19.Travelers arriving from countries in what the Ukrainian authorities call the “red zone” (where COVID-19 case incidence in the previous 14 days has been higher than in Ukraine, and/or where the incidence has increased by over 30% in the previous 14 days) are required to undergo 14 days’ self-isolation proven by the “Dii Vdoma” tracking app (requires Ukrainian mobile phone number), or quarantine in a Government-approved facility for 14 days upon arrival. Mandatory self-isolation or quarantine is no longer necessary if a traveler undergoes a PCR test and receives a negative result no more than 48 hours in advance of his/her arrival in Ukraine, or once in Ukraine. Children under the age of 12, drivers and crew members of cargo vehicles, buses, train, locomotive, aircraft, sea and river vessels are also not required to undergo self-isolation or quarantine, provided they have not been in contact with a person with COVID-19.Effective from August 1, Ukraine is divided into four epidemiological zones (green, yellow, orange, and red) depending on the COVID-19 situation in each region. The Ministry of Health will assign each zone a color based on four COVID-19-related criteria. Each zone triggers a distinct set of quarantine restrictions. Please check with local authorities regarding local quarantine guidelines.More information can be found here.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Kiev
  • Currency: ₴ UAH (Hryvnia)
  • Area: 603,550 km2
  • Population: 41,98 million (2019)
  • Language: Ukrainian (official), Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Crimean Tatar
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (Europlug & German Schuko plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 7 January, Orthodox Christmas
  • 8 January, Orthodox Christmas (second day)
  • 8 March, Women’s Day
  • 1-2 May, Labor Day
  • 9 May, Victory Day/Mother’s Day
  • 28 June, Constitution Day
  • 24-26 August, Independence Day

Also, Orthodox Easter Monday, Orthodox Pentecost Monday, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Ukraine has a mostly temperate climate, with the exception of the Southern Coast of Crimea which has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. The country enjoys sufficient amount of sunshine and year-round rainfall, highly concentrated during the summer months (May to August). Rainfall is highly varied depending upon area of the country and seasonal variation patterns.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Ukraine can stretch all the way from November and last until April. Some trails are even illuminated so that you can ski in the evening!

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Ukraine is from May to October, when the weather is moderate.

BEACH:

Ukraine may not be a very hot beach destination, but it does have some lovely beaches such as Odessa, Arcadia, Langeron, Koblevo, Berdyansk and Kyrylivka. Beach season is from May to September with June, July and August being the warmer and busier months.

WIND:

Ukraine has some great conditions for both kitesurfing and windsurfing from March to November. Be sure to check out Odessa, Rybakovka, Mykolaiv, Kiev oblasts and Crimea.

SURFING:

Although not a prime surfing destination, you can find the odd surfable wave in Ukraine. Check out Crimea, Arcadia Beach, Kometa and the Sea of Azov.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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