overview

Ukraine

country information

Flag

Ukraine flag

capital

Kyiv

DRIVING SIDE: Right

INTERNET CODE: .ua

TIME ZONE: UTC +2

COUNTRY CALLING CODE: +380

Borders on Black Sea & Sea of Azov (totalling 3,783km)

Neighbours

Poland

Slovakia

Hungary

Belarus

Russia

Moldova

Population

population

43 million 

Religion

religion

Ukrainian Orthodox – Kiev Patriarchate (19%); Orthodox (no particular jurisdiction) (16%); Ukrainian Orthodox – Moscow Patriarchate (9%); Ukrainian Greek Catholic (6%); Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox (1.7%); Other (incl. Protestantism, Judaism, unaffiliated) (38%)  

President

president & parliament

Head of State:

Pres. Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky (May 2019)

Prime Minister: Oleksiy Honcharuk

Party: Servant of the People 

Groups

minority & majority 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%) 

Language

 

LANGUAGE

Ukrainian / English

Note: in February 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that Ukrainian remains the country’s only official nationwide language

Hallo: Привіт (Priyvit)

Yes: так (Tack)

No: ні (N’ee)

Thank you: Спасибі (Spasiybi)

 

 
Currency

C U R R E N C Y &
E X C H A N G E  R AT E

Hryvnia UAH ()

1 USD = 24.51 UAH

1 ZAR = 1.66 UAH

US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. ATMs are available and credit cards are widely used in cities. Cloning of credit and debit cards is common. You should be vigilant when using ATMs and not let your card out of your sight during transactions. Outside cities you should make sure you have sufficient cash in local currency. You should only use official exchange booths and make sure you’re given a receipt.

You’ll need to present your passport if you wish to exchange currency worth 150,000 UAH or more. Keep the receipt as you may need to produce it if you exchange money back on departure.

 

Subject to change

Vaccinations

 

VACCINATIONS

No compulsory vaccinations

Recommended: Hepatitis A, B & Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio vaccines

Note: If you travel with children, make sure that all their mandatory vaccinations are up to date

Electricity

 

ELECTRICITY

Voltage Requirements:   

220 / 230 V

Standard Frequency:

50 Hz

Power plugs & sockets are of type C & type F

 

Temperature

 

TEMPERATURE

Winter: min. -5 °C – max. 0 °C

Summer: min. 14 °C – max. 26°C

Considered a temperate climate, and subtropical at the southern coast of Crimea

DIPLOMATIC TIES / AIRPORTS / CARRIERS / NGO’S

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EMBASSY / CONSULAR PRESENCE

South African Embassy 

9/2 Velyka Vasylkivska Street

Entrance 7

Floor 8

01004 Kyiv

Head of Mission: Ms N. Mjoli

 

For more options & info visit:

http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/sa_abroad/sau.htm

https://www.embassypages.com/

https://ua.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

Tel: + 380 44 289 8840

Tel: + 380 44 338 2602

Tel: + 380 50 190 2511

[email protected]

[email protected] (Immigration & Civic Affairs)

MAIN AIRPORT(S)

30 airports in Ukraine, however because air travel is expensive for most Ukrainians & costs three-five times more than train tickets, only 10 airports are regarded as functional

Boryspil International Airport  50°20′41″N 30°53′36″E

Kyiv (Zhuliany – Igor Sikorsky) International Airport

Odesa International Airport  46°25′37″N 030°40′41″E,  Odessa, Odessa Oblast

For a complete list, visit:

http://proudofukraine.com/main-airports-of-ukraine/

Passport

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Republic of South Africa (RSA) – Visa required

United States of America (USA) – Visa not required for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period

For more information, check out this website for nationality requirements:

https://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-requirements-for-foreigners

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS & CARRIERS

Airline

Hub Airport(s)

AtlasGlobal Ukraine

Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport

Motor Sich Airlines

Zaporizhia International Airport

Kyiv Sikorskiy International Airport

SkyUp

Boryspil International Airport

Kharkiv International Airport

Odesa International Airport

Ukraine International Airlines

Boryspil International Airport

Yanair

Boryspil International Airport

NGO

NGO’S OPERATING IN COUNTRY & CONTACT DETAILS

All religious communities and organizations must re-register with the LNR within six months of the law’s inception in 2014, in order to continue operating

List with NGO’s: https://ngoexplorer.org/country/ukr/show-charities

https://wango.org/resources.aspx?section=ngodir&sub=list&newsearch=1&regionID=151&col=ABC875 

CIA: The World Factbook. Ukraine. Available from: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/up.html

CIA: The World Factbook. Ukraine. Available from:

 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/up.html

Climates to Travel. Ukraine. Available from: https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/ukraine

Gardaworld. Ukraine Country Report. Available from: https://www.garda.com/crisis24/country-reports/ukraine

Gov.uk. Foreign Travel Advice: Ukraine. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ukraine/money 

NationMaster. Ukraine. Available from: https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Religion/Religions/All

President of Ukraine. Available from: https://www.president.gov.ua/en/president/about-president 

 

 

 

Last Updated 18 May 2020