Ukraine Travel Information

Photo Geographically the country has many different types of areas, with mountains to the west and forests to the north, and the Black Sea to the south. With all of this variation Ukraine is rich with natural beauty. Although the capital of the country is Kyiv, there are many other large cities spread throughout the country such as Odessa and Lviv.

Ukraine Visas:

Multiple entry visas are valid up to 3 years. Since only one type of visa is issued per entry, the primary purpose of entry should be stated in a visa application form.

Ukraine Visa Instructions and Application Form:
Click here for step by step instructions in obtaining a Visa for entry into Ukraine.

Travelers must declare all cash and jewelry, regardless of value, upon entering Ukraine. Any undeclared items are subject to confiscation. Under customs regulations, travelers may bring up to 10,000 U.S. dollars into Ukraine without special permission. More than 10,000 U.S. dollars requires a written statement by the traveler. There are strict customs regulations and procedures regarding the export of antiquities and items of historical interest.

Ukraine is a cash economy. Traveler's checks and credit cards are gaining wider acceptance in larger cities. However, use of credit cards is limited to better hotels, Western-style restaurants, international airlines and selected stores. Customs regulations prohibit sending cash, traveler's checks, personal checks, credit cards, or passports through the international mail system. Customs authorities regularly confiscate these items as contraband. Changing U.S. dollars for Ukrainian hryvnia or another currency is legal only at banks, currency exchange desks at hotels, and licensed exchange booths. Carry your passport at all times.

Important: Travel to Ukraine may require a travel visa. Whether a visa is required for travel depends on citizenship and purpose of journey. Please be sure to review Travisa's Ukraine visa instructions for details. Visa instructions for other countries are available on our do I need a visa page.

Country Statistics

Full country name: none
Capital city: Kyiv
Area: 603,550 sq km
Population: 44,854,065
Ethnic groups: Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8%
Languages: Ukrainian
Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox - Kyiv Patriarchate 50.4%, Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate 26.1%, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 8%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 7.2%, Roman Catholic 2.2%, Protestant 2.2%, Jewish 0.6%, other 3.2%
Government: republic
Chief of State: President Viktor YANUKOVYCH
Head of Government: Prime Minister Mykola AZAROV
GDP: 329.3 billion
GDP per captia: 7,200
Annual growth rate: 5.2%
Inflation: 8%
Agriculture: grain, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, vegetables
Major industries: coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food processing
Natural resources: iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber, arable land
Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east
Trade Partners - exports: Russia 27%, Turkey 5.8%, Italy 4.6%
Trade Partners - imports: Russia 30.5%, Germany 9%, China 8.9%, Belarus 5.5%, Poland 5.3%