No visa is required for citizens of the EU, USA, Japan and some other countries for a travel visit that is less than 90 days long. For more detailed information visit: http://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-requirements-for-foreigners or consult the Embassy of Ukraine in your country.
The most picturesque time in most regions of Ukraine is from late spring till the middle of fall. However, if you planning to do trekking in mountains or rafting, the best time for you is summer (from June till the end of September).
In wintertime it can be quite cold but it’s still a great time for excursions in big cities, visiting museums and theatres, or mountain skiing.
In big cities like Kiev, Lviv or Odessa you will find a lot people who speak English, especially in the hotels and restaurants. However, if you go to small towns without a guide, it can be difficult to get any information in foreign languages there.
The most popular tourist centers like Kiev, Lviv, Odessa and Carpathians are safe for travelers. There are no restrictions for visiting these places. Nowadays, if you are planning you trip to Ukraine you should avoid visiting Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. All the rest of the country is safe for travelling.
You can easily take a train or a bus for long-distance trips; it’s not such comfortable as in Europe but still not too bad. The tickets should be bought beforehand at the ticket office. Our public transport (trams, trolleybuses, buses) is not quite convenient, so you’d better take a taxi.
The best way to order the taxi is to call one of the taxi services. However, there are not many English-speaking taxi services in Ukraine, so it is better to ask someone to help you. Otherwise, you can just catch a taxi on the street. In both situations, you should discuss the price you have to pay before you sit into the car, to avoid misunderstandings.
We don’t recommend taking taxi from the street at the airports and railway stations because it’s usually way more expensive. The best decision will be to order transfer.
Most hotels, restaurants and supermarkets in Kiev, Lviv or Odessa accept international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express); we advise you to clarify this information beforehand. However, you will need cash to pay for taxi, public transport, souvenirs etc. You can exchange your currency for hryvnias in any bank or currency exchange or use the ATM. It’s preferable to always have some cash with you.
In most big cities and small touristic towns we have good restaurants, but it will be useful for you to look through the advice of other travellers or ask your guide about the place you want to eat.
In big cities, you can find free Wi-Fi in most restaurants and hotels. If you need an internet access in small towns, you’d better buy an 3G internet card for your iPad or laptop.
Ukraine is a country with many different tourist attractions, so we recommend you to plan your trip in advance and use the advices of professional travel agent. Therefore, you will save your money and see the best of Ukraine.