Travel Basics – UEFA Championship

| January 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

kiev

Easily the prettiest city in Ukraine introducing the churches galore with St. Michaels Golden-Domed Monastery on the throne, named after Kiev’s patron saint. In all its impressiveness you can see it on the right bank of the Dnieper river. Right across of it is Saint Sophia Cathedral, the first heritage site in Ukraine and another Tricolore beauty. Further south, Kiev’s Andriyivsky Descent has some solid entertainment in the offer and is one of the more visually impressive areas with the  Museum of One Street, artists, the house of “Master and Margarita”, antique shops and an alley of coffee shops, bars and bazaars sorted on a simple cobblestone street. A totally different perspective of the Ukrainian life is exhibited in Mezhyhirya residence( Museum of corruption known among the locals), the palatial compound of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine. Such distasteful discrepancies we have all over Eastern Europe. The main street of Kiev, Khreschatyt ( Cross) is impressive in size and Renaissance architecture with a big underground shopping centre and high-end world brands. It may be a cultural metropolis, but Kiev has an amazing variety of outdoors escapes and countless parks to ramble and is also known as the green capital.

VISA REQUIREMENT

1.Tourist Travel to Ukraine

  • Valid passport is needed to enter Ukraine.
  • Passport must be valid for at least another 6 months and have two blank pages.
  • Free regime is introduced for the countries of European Union, U.S.A, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, San Marino, Norway,  Monaco, Iceland, Andorra, Vatican, Liechtenstein and Republic of Korea, for up to 90 days.
  • Australian citizens and all the rest not mentioned above need to apply for a visa and provide a Letter of Invitation from the entity visiting in the Ukraine, proof of travel insurance and financial means. Full list of the countries with specification whether a visa is required is found here.
  • IATA health and travel document requirements

2. Entry limitations and custom restrictions

  • Cash currency is allowed up to 10 000$
  • Free import:
    – 1 liter of spirits and 2 liters of wine;
    – 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco products for passengers above 18 years;
    – goods for personal use;
    – items up to a value of EUR 200.- (or equivalent)
    – food products up to a value of EUR 50.- (or equivalent)
    – medicines for personal use, together with certificates and prescription.
  • Prohibited:
    – items that can be dangerous to the health of population and environment;
    – products containing propaganda of war, race discrimination, racism, genocide and pornography;
    – restricted goods and personal items without permit (guns, cultural values, medicines);
    – agricultural products (apart for food items).

3. Export regulations

  • Free export:
    – goods up to the of EUR 200 value.
    – goods declared for re-export
    – visitors: goods purchased in Ukraine in value not exceeding the amount of foreign currency imported.
    Additional information:
    – Written declaration is required for export of precious metals and stones up to the EUR 200.-. Export permit required for values higher.
    – Restrictions apply for export of cultural values.
  • Prohibited:

          – raw hides, raw metals, their alloys, waste and scrap, cermets, timber.

HEALTH & SAFETY

State medical facilities in Ukraine are generally considered to be poor. Private clinics and hospitals offer a better standard of care, though they do not always meet western standards. If you are involved in an accident or taken ill, it is likely that you will be taken to a state hospital unless you can show that you have comprehensive medical insurance cover. Regarding safety in Ukraine, following advice is applicable to the most of the countries in the world: keep your valuables and cash safe and out of sight, especially in crowded areas, tourist spots, and public transport, where pickpockets operate. An interesting advice from the Uk Goverment we haven’t seen yet: “Exercise caution when travelling to Ukraine for a relationship initiated via the internet. There have been incidents of marriage fraud and attempted extortion affecting foreign nationals”. As your travel is sports related, be merry.

UKRANIAN CULTURE AND PEOPLE

Without entering into the comparison with the Russian people and the whole history stretching the issues up to this day, we will summarize the Ukrainian people as an incredible combination (once you get to know them) of a warmhearted and humble nation with a natural gift for optimistic living. Lovers of good food and a good wine (vodka), evident entering any family gathering or a celebration with a full table of various delicacies and beverages presented. Interesting fact not well know is that the tradition of Easter Egg originated from Ukraine. Endearing Kupala Night, a Slavic tradition celebrated over bonfires with belief that the act of jumping over it cleanses of bad luck and illness is celebrated in July. According to folklore, Kiev boasts three official witch gathering sites at Lysa Hora (Bold Mountain), you might want to check out or not. We can’t avoid highlighting the obvious, the elegant beauty of the Ukrainian women. You will see for yourself, somewhat difficult to concentrate on the match. Sergei Prokofiev homeland is culturally divided in regards to the position it holds, under the Russian on one side and Western influence on the other both offering interesting cultural heritage.

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WEATHER

Best months for visiting Ukraine are May and September with worm days and cool nights, but a possibilities of a rainy days. July is the warmest month with an average Temperature of 24°C. January is the coldest month with daytime temperature around 0°C.

CURRENCY

The Ukrainian Hryvnia is the currency of Ukraine. Best to bring cash and use banks for good exchange rates. Exchanging money may be problematic on weekends (or in evenings) if you are traveling in Western Ukraine, so cash is better exchanged in Lviv. ATMs are everywhere (but would recommend using ones in banks), even in smallest towns. In smaller cities, some hotels/restaurants do not accept credit cards (so again have extra cash). Apparently Ukraine has high credit card fraud rates, so reasonable amount of cash, again, is advisable. List of ATM’s in Ukraine is found here.

USEFUL INFO

List of foreign embassies – Ukraine Embassies

  • Smoking in Ukraine: Smoking is prohibited in specified public places including: government facilities, restaurants, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, children’s playgrounds, sports facilities, in entrances to residential buildings, in underground passages, and in elevators and public pay phones. In other public places and workplaces, smoking is permitted in designated areas. Smoking is prohibited in public transport.
  • Driving in Kyev: If you enter Ukraine in a foreign vehicle you MUST have automobile insurance by law. If you are not the owner of the car you must have special power of attorney for the use of the car, or if you are renting a car, you should have a document from the rental company confirming the agreement to use the car and a translation of the agreement into Ukrainian or Russian. Zero tolerance policy on drink driving. Roads outside Kiev are in poor shape.
  • Public wifi is available but don’t rely on it
  • Bottled water advised.
  • Sim card „ Pay as you Go“ Best options of prepaid cards in Russia
  • Emergency numbers: National Emergency Telephone Number (24/7) – 101, Medical Emergencies (Ambulance) – 103, Police – 102

FEW BASIC WORDS OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGE, ONE CAN GIVE A TRY:

Hello – Vitayu (Pryvit)
Thank you – Diakuju
You’re welcome – Prošu, buď laska
How are you? – Jak ty požyvajesh??
Do you speak English? – vy hovoryte anhlijs’koju?
I don’t understand – Ja ne rozumiju

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