Practical information about Ukraine for those

who go to Ukraine

National currency: Hryvnia (UAH)

Popular currencies: United States Dollar, Euro and Russian Ruble. The Ukrainian authorities has recently enforced new policy according to which in order to exchange foreign currency the one is required to present at the exchange point a customs declaration authorising the import of money if the exchange sum exceeds 50.00 UAH. If the exchange sum is below 50.00 UAH then the non-resident is not required to present a customs declaration. At the same time the authorities of Ukraine forbade purchasing foreign currency for non residents. Therefore for non residents only exchange of a foreign currency into hryvnia is permitted*.

* A non resident can purchase a foreign currency in amoung equivalent to and conditional upon producing a receipt validating the foreign exchange operation into hryvnia performed by a non resident earlier.

Most spoken languages: Russian, Ukrainian

Population: 45 million, of whom 31 million are urban citizens and 14 million are rural citizens.

Territory: 603 628 km2

Average winter temperature: -8 to -16 (at night), however the temperature can drop down to -25 or -30

Average summber temperature: +18 to +25, however at particularly hot days it is not uncommon up to +32

Winter months are December, January and February. The first snow can fall in November and usually lies until late of March. 

Summer months are June, July and August. The grass is green already in May.

Neighboring countries (7 countries): Russia (from the east and north-east), Belorussia (from the north), Poland, Slovakia and Hungary (from the west), Rumunia and Moldavia (from the south-west). Ukraine is the largest by the territory State entirely located in Europe. Many people come to Ukraine and in particular its western part from neighboring Poland and Hungary, and most people who come to Ukraine from Russia come to the eastern region and Kiev.

State system: According to Constitution, Ukraine is “a sovereign and independent, democratic, social and lawful state”.

Main cities of Ukraine: Most often when traveler go to Ukraine they go to Kyiv (the capital) (2 797 500 people), Kharkov (1 447 070 people), Odessa (1 009 204 people), Dnepropetrovsk (1 007 200 people), Donetsk (978 625 people), Zaporozhe (776 918 people), Lvov (733 989 people).

Infrastructure: If you decided to go to Ukraine, it might be useful for you to know that there are metro system in Kyiv, Kharkov and Dnipropetrovs'k, airports in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovs’k, Donetsk, Odessa, Kharkov, Zaporozhe. If you go to Ukraine by car or you like travelling by car, there is a modern highways

Kyiv-Odessa highway (453 km)

Kyiv-Boryspil highway (18 km)

Kharkov-Dnepropetrovsk highway (118 km)


For those who come to Ukraine and go on foot, there is a wide Railway roads network connecting every large city and many medium and small towns and even villages.

Those who visit Ukraine in the hope to travel on a ship by the river or sea must be disappointed. The ship travelling is primary for cargo transportations and occurs mainly in Odessa region, Odesky Port and the Crimea (the Black Sea region).

Main sectors of economy: Ukraine is an export-oriented country. The main sectors of economy are metal industry, mining industry, chemicals and minerals industry, agriculture and export of wheat and sunflower. But still, the leading sectors are heavy industry with steel and mental production and mining.