|Typhoid & Polio
Medical care does not meet Western European standards, so insurance with an air rescue company is recommended. For minor illnesses you should contact the hotel management. In the event of serious illness, it is advisable to leave the country. Anyone who is dependent on medication should stock their first-aid kit accordingly, as many medications are not available in Ukraine. You should make sure before you leave whether there are any import restrictions for the medicines you need. Compulsory health insurance In principle, a health insurance policy that is valid in the Ukraine must be taken out for the period of stay. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.
 A vaccination certificate against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection, especially in the summer months in the southern areas of Mariupol. To protect yourself, you should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. Vaccination is only recommended in rare cases.
Food and drink
Due to the risk of possible intestinal infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Tap water is heavily chlorinated and not suitable for drinking (can be contaminated with harmful substances). Water for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes should be purchased in bottles. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is pasteurized and, like local dairy products, safe to consume. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. It cannot be completely ruled out that forest mushrooms still show increased radioactive contamination. Therefore, their consumption should be largely avoided.
The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Vaccination or booster against polio is recommended. Throughout the country, there is a risk of transmission of Lyme disease from ticks in grass, bushes and undergrowth from April to October. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is also transmitted nationwide, but especially in the south, by ticks. In addition to the protective measures mentioned above, vaccination is also possible. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur nationwide. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Rabies occurs nationwide. The main carriers are stray dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tuberculosis occurs, the number of infections is increasing.
Foreigners who want to stay in the country longer than 6 months and want to work or study must present a negative HIV test in English or have the test carried out in the country. If the result is positive, you can be expelled.
1 hryvnia = 100 kopijok (singular: kopijka). Currency code: UAH (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 UAH; Coins in denominations of 1 UAH, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 kopijok.
Only accepted in larger cities by some hotels and restaurants in tourist areas (beware of scams). Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card. In larger cities, cash can be easily withdrawn from ATMs, especially with Visa and Mastercard. The daily maximum is constantly changing.
Girocard The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. Further information from banks and credit institutes. (Beware of ATM manipulation for fraudulent purposes.) ATMs are common. The maximum amount that can be withdrawn daily varies. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Traveller’s checks are not accepted in Ukraine.
Bank opening hours
- General Mon-Fri 09.00/10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00.
Foreign exchange regulations
There are no restrictions on the import or export of national and foreign currencies for travelers, but there is an obligation to declare cash with an equivalent value of €10,000 or more (also travelers cheques, other currencies or checks made out to third parties). Proof of origin and proof of exchange may be required. If you are unsure about the declaration, it is recommended to fill out a customs declaration upon entry; importing larger sums of money should be avoided. Bank metals (bars) may only be imported or exported up to 500 grams.
Money should only be exchanged in official exchange offices or banks. Not all banks have exchange offices. Bartering on the black market is risky and not recommended. It is advisable to take small amounts of euros or US dollars and undamaged bills with you.
|Exchange rates (no guarantee)
|1 EUR = 27.41
1 CHF = 32.65
1 USD = 26.36