Fast Facts: Ukraine

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Ukraine has a mostly temperate continental climate, although a more Mediterranean climate is found on the southern Crimean coast. Precipitation is disproportionately distributed; it is highest in the west and north and lowest in the east and southeast. Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland.

Check out the current weather conditions in Ukraine.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements for entering Ukraine. Do not drink the tap water. The taste is horrible due to the high amounts of chrlorine used to disinfect the water. Ukraine also has the highest adult HIV prevalence rate in Europe. Talk to your physician when planning a trip to Ukraine.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

Ukraine uses the hryvnia as its national currency. Please review the current exchange rate for the hryvnia.

What items should I shop for?

In Ukraine, shop for artwork.

What are the voltage requirements?

220 volts. Plugs C, D, E & F. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.