Travel to Ukraine — Things you need to know about Ukraine

What is time zone in Ukraine?
UTC/GMT +2

Is the country sale to travel around?
As in any other country, using common sense when traveling in Ukraine will minimize any chances of being victim of petty crime and theft. Don’t drink alcohol in the company of unknown people. Get the details of your local embassy and/or consulates in advance and note their emergency numbers. In emergency, call: Police — 102; Ambulance — 103; Fire — 101; Gas emergency — 104. Dial short number from any phone.

What kind of food I can expect?
Ukrainian cuisine is tasty, and just as other cuisines in the region uses a lot of fat ingredients, especially in the festive dishes. Traditional local food includes soups like «borshch» made of red beets which is a delicious meat soup. Varenyky (dumplings with potato/cheese/cherries/fried cabbage and other things) are another must-try. In most towns in Ukraine there are some very good restaurants. Read the menu boards posted by the entrance of every establishment to help you to choose. Restaurateurs are very friendly.

Can I use my sim card in Ukraine?
You can use your sim card, but it is better to buy the sim card from local providers at the airport or in the city. With local sim card you can fully enjoy 4G/LTE network almost everywhere in Ukraine. It may cost 1 to 5 Euro to buy pre-paid sim card with free local calls and mobile internet access.

Can I use my credit card in Ukraine?
The Ukrainian government promotes the use of credit cards, therefore you are able to use it almost everywhere in the big city. However, as you may well know, almost every small shop prefer cash payments and thus, it might be a good idea to carry cash in you wallet especially in the rural areas. In big cities you may freely use credit cards (MasterCard or Visa) in all supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants and bars, to enter attractions and museums, to take a subway ride (metro). The network of bank offices and ATMs (bankomat) has grown quickly and are now readily available in all but the smallest villages.

Climate
The climate of the Ukraine can be described as dry and continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around 0°C, but in some cases winter months can be quite colder with temperatures far below zero, about -20°C or lower and strong, cold northeasterly winds. Heavy snowfall or even snowstorms are also possible on some days, but rare. There are more than 290 sunny days in the year. In summer daytime temperatures reach 25-30°C, but sometimes quite higher, 35°C or more, especially in the inland areas. The summer months enjoy dry weather with sunny spells most of the time, rain often falls with sometimes heavy Thunderstorms, but mostly along the coastal areas of the Black Sea. These Thunderstorms often occur at the end of the day. July is the warmest month with an average Temperature of 24°C. Generally, the weather is best May-September, when days are warm and the nights are cool, although it rains more in Spring than in summer. Autumn and Winter are usually a little chilly and wet along the coastal areas of the Black Sea, and dryer further inland.

Required clothing
Light to medium-weights are worn during the summer months. Medium to heavyweights are needed during winter. Waterproof clothing is advisable for the Winter.

Money
Ukraine’s official currency is the Hryvnia (₴, UAH), and you will certainly need it to purchase goods. Currency exchange points (mostly 24h/7) that exchange Euros, US dollars and British pounds are very common in cities, and the exchange rate is usually very fair. You may also exchange money in any bank branch (Mon-Fri, 9am to 6pm).