Traveling to Ukraine


Ukraine has a lot to offer and is a great place for tourists. But, as in most countries, it is important to be aware of potential risks and take some precautions.

Crime in Ukraine is on par with that of many European countries, and petty theft is common. However, if you take the usual precautions, such as not leaving your drink unattended at a bar or walking home alone after a few drinks, then you should be fine. Travelers should also avoid public transportation after dark in the larger cities and use standard caution in crowded places. Travelers should be aware that there are some gangs of dirty gypsies who hang out in crowded areas looking for people to rob.

Most Ukrainians are patriotic and proud of their country’s rich history and culture. They are eager to discuss their country’s past and present, but be prepared for a sometimes harsh or biased view of the world from some locals.

The capital city, Kyiv, is a fascinating mix of Soviet-era apartment blocks and Baroque churches. It is a cultural center with a renowned opera and ballet house, the Ivan Franko Theater, as well as a variety of dramas and comedies. The city is also home to the Chernobyl nuclear plant, where one of the worst nuclear disasters in history took place in 1986. Visitors can visit the complex and explore the abandoned ghost town nearby.

Ukraine’s terrain is largely level with the Carpathian Mountains stretching across the western region. The Dnieper, Southern Buh (Pivdennyy Buh), and Donets rivers are the main waterways. The country has abundant resources, including natural gas, coal, iron ore, and petroleum. It is also a major producer of winter wheat and sugar beets.

There is currently a conflict in the east of the country, which has led to massive losses for both sides. The conflict is over the territory of the Donets Basin, which is a major industrial and mining-metallurgical center that produces oil, gas, coal, and iron ore. This area is home to the biggest heavy-industrial and mining-metallurgical complexes in Europe.

The war has resulted in mass displacements, destruction of infrastructure, and the loss of life for both civilians and soldiers. Despite the best efforts of Ukraine’s government and its allies, the conflict appears likely to continue for some time. In light of this ongoing conflict, it is critical for travelers to be apprised of the situation and have a plan of action in case of an emergency. Follow the advice of your local authorities and keep up to date on news in the media. Visit Ukraine recommends that all travelers carry comprehensive travel and medical insurance that covers military risk, terrorism, and repatriation. If you are unsure of your coverage, we recommend that you book a consultation with a highly-qualified lawyer at Visit Ukraine. To do so, please click here. You will be contacted shortly after your booking to discuss the specifics of your individual situation.