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COUNTRY DESCRIPTION

- Ukraine is a newly independent nation undergoing profound political and economic change, still in the process of stabilizing its relations with neighboring countries. Tourist facilities are not highly evolved, and many of the goods and services taken for granted in other countries are developing rapidly. Travel within Ukraine is unrestricted but registration of foreigners is obligatory.

LANGUAGE

- Ukrainian became the official language only in 1990, replacing Russian. Most of the population in eastern Ukraine and in Kiev speaks Russian as a first language, while Ukrainian is the first language in western Ukraine. Although those in the political world and the local media use both languages, official documents are now in Ukrainian. The two languages share almost the same Cyrillic alphabet, and if you arrive unfamiliar with either language a phrase book or interpreter is almost essential. Not much English is spoken here.

INTERNATIONAL TIME

- Ukraine has two time zones (two hours after Greenwich Mean Time in 24 oblasts and three in the Republic of Crimea). Daylight savings time is observed from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October when you will need to advance your clocks by one hour.

ENTRY REQIREMENTS AND LOCAL REGISTRATION

- A passport and visa are required. A letter of invitation from a person, company, or organization in Ukraine or a tour company voucher is currently required to obtain a visa. Travelers can obtain short-term visas at any border crossing point or at airports. They should have passport, two passport-size photos and invitation for that. However we do not advise you to rely on this service. It is recommended to get entry visas in advance in Ukrainian consulate if it is possible.

ukrainian consulates

Country

Address

Tel/Fax

Argentina

Calle Lafinur 3057 (1425), Buenos Aires

tel: 802 7316,
fax: 802 3864

Austria

Elisabethstrasse 13, 1010 Vienna

tel: (43-222) 586 9717,
fax: (43-222) 586 3424

Belarus

17 Kirova vul., Minsk

tel: (172) 27 2861,
fax: (172) 27 2357

Belgium

Av. L. Lepoutre, 99-101, 1060 Bruxelles

tel: (02) 344 4020,
fax: (02) 344 4466

Bulgaria

53 Simeonovsky Shosse, Ste. 11A, Sofia

tel: 68 6042,
fax: 68 3064

Canada

331 Metcalfe st., Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1S3

tel: (613) 230 2961; 230 2638,
fax: (613) 230 2400
http://www.comvel.com/ukraine/

China

100600 Bejing, San Li Tun, Dong 6 Jie N 11

tel: 53 6359,
fax: 532 6765

Cuba

5-ta Av. 4405, e/44 y 46, Miramar, Havana

tel: 33 25 86,
fax: 33 23 41

Czechia

Vul. Ch. de Gaulle 20, 16000 Prague 6

tel: (42-2) 2422-6157; 2422-5895,
fax: (42-2) 3124-1466

Egypt

9. El Sara st. #31-32Do KKi, Cairo

tel: 349 1030

Estonia

EE0106 Tallinn, Endia 8

tel: (0146) 31 15 55,
fax: (0146) 31 15 56

Finland

Vahaniityntic, 9C, 00570, Helsinki

tel: (3580) 228 9000,
fax: (3580) 228 9001

France

21 Avenue de Saxe, 75007 Paris

tel: (331) 4306.0737; 4306.0411,
fax: (331) 4306.0249

Georgia

??, Tbilisi

tel: (832) 98 93 62

Germany

Wald st. 42, 53177 Bonn

tel: (49-228) 31 2139,
fax: (49-228) 31 8351

Great Britain

78 Kensington Park Road, London WI1 2PL

tel: (071) 727 6312,
fax: (071) 792 1708

Greece

33 Athens st. 15452 P. Psychiko, Athens

tel: (301) 671 8957,
fax: (301) 671 6652

Guinea

BP. 1350 Villa No 46, Conakry

tel: (224) 443 794,
fax: (224) 443708

Hungary

1125 Budapest, Ut. Nogradi, 8

tel: (361)155 2443; 155 9606,
fax: (361) 202 2287

India

176 Jorbagh, New Dehli 110003

tel: (8109711) 461 6017,
fax: (8109711) 461 6085

Indonesia

Jl.Simprug Permata I, No.39,
Jakarta Selatan, 12 220,
Jakarta, Indonesia

tel: (62-21) 726 7575, (62-21) 720 5356,
fax: (62-21) 726 6969
E-mail: uaemabs@rad.net.id

Iran

101 Vanak st., Tehran

tel: (9821) 800 8530,
fax: (9821) 800 7130

Israel

12 Stricker st., 62006 Tel Aviv

tel: (972-03) 604 0141; 604 0242,
fax: (972-03) 604 2512

Italy

50 Via Bastelfidardoro, 00185 Rome

tel: (396) 447 00 172,
fax: (396) 447 00 181

Japan

??, Tokyo?

tel: (813) 343 20916; 343 20917; 343 20970

Kazakhstan

52 Lenina pr., Hotel "Kazakhstan", room 611, 612, Alma-Ata

tel: (3274) 61 91034

Latvia

3 Kalpaka bul., Riga LV-1050

??

Lithuania

22 Turnisu 2016, Vilnius

tel: (0122) 77 3626, 76 2859

Moldova

31 August st., room 127, Chisinau

tel: (0422) 23 7919,
fax: (0422) 23 7922

Poland

al Szucha 7, 00580 Warsaw

tel: (482) 625 0127,
fax: (482) 625 3230

Russia

vul Stanislavskogo 18, 103009, Moscow

tel: (095) 229 1079,
fax: (095) 924 8469

Romania

Bucharest, Sector 1, str. Rabat, 1

tel: (401) 3124547,
fax: (401) 312 4514

Slovakia

Radvanska, c. 35, Bratislava

tel: (42-7) 33 1672,
fax: (42-7) 31 2651

Sweden

5 Markvardsgatan, 11353, Stokholm

tel: (468) 612 7566

Switzerland

5 Feedeggweg, 3005, Bern

tel: (4131 352 2316,
fax: (4131) 351 6416

Turkey

9 Cemal Nadir Sok, Canka, 06690 Ankara

tel: (90312) 439 9973,
fax: (90312) 440 6815

UAE

AbuDhabi, P.O. Box 45714

tel: (9712) 327585,
fax: (9712) 327506

United
States of
America

Embassy: 3350 M Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20007

tel: (202) 333 0606; 333-7507,
fax: (202) 333 0817

Consulate: 2247 W. Chicago ave., Chicago, IL 60622

tel: (312) 384 6632
fax: (312) 642-4385

Consulate: 240 East 49 str., New York NY 10017

tel: (212) 371 5690
fax: (212) 371-5547
http://brama.com/ua-consulate/

MONEY

- The new official Ukrainian currency 'Hryvnia' (UAH) was introduced September 2, 1996 replacing the old temporary Ukrainian currency 'Coupon' and became the only legal payment bill within Ukraine after September 15. For the period of its existence it appears to become a stable and convertible currency despite of the certain critics.


CURRENCY EXCHANGE

- You can easily change your dollars or other hard currencies for Hryvnias in major banks and special exchange points. Estimated exchange rate to dollar is 5.0 UHR for 1 USD. (You may also check our Hryvnia Currency Converter here.) Changing U.S. dollars for Ukrainian Hryvnias or another currency is legal only at banks, currency exchange desks at hotels and at licensed exchange booths. There are a lot of such exchange points throughout the city. Beware of changing money on the streets or with private individuals: it's illegal and it can be dangerous. Remember however that old or damaged bills may not be accepted or accepted under the lower rate. The "hard currency" stores only accept Hryvnias but almost all of them have a money exchange booth on the premises.

CREDIT CARDS

- Ukraine is a cash economy. Traveler's checks and credit cards are gaining wider acceptance. Use of credit cards is limited to the better hotels, Western-style restaurants, international airlines and select stores. American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are commonly accepted. A passport or diplomatic card may be required whenever a credit card is used. Customs regulations prohibit sending cash, traveler's checks, personal checks, credit cards or passports through the international mail system to Ukraine. These items are regularly confiscated as contraband by customs authorities.

EXPORT OF VALUABLES OF UKRAINIAN ORIGIN

- To export any antique items and/or works of art the permission of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine must be obtained. In addition to samovars, paintings, and rugs, this restriction applies to collections or separate works of fine, applied, and folk art, archeological and numismatic items, valuable musical instruments, gold, silver, precious stones, hand-woven carpets, manuscripts, books published before 1966, and furniture made before 1945.

BUSINESS HOURS

- An eight-hour day is considered a normal work day, Monday through Friday. A lunch break is taken between the hours of 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Most banks are open without breaks, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

FLOORS

- In official buildings the entrance hall is considered the 'ground floor'. The next flight up takes you to the 'first floor'. This floor numbering system is the same as the European system. For the private apartments the first floor is actually the 'first'.

TIPS

- Restaurant bills normally include a 5% service charge, however, you'll often find that a few extra hryvnias (10% suggested) can make your dining experience a lot more pleasurable.

TAILORING AND DRESSMAKING

- Service varies from place to place and it is best to frequent shops or dressmakers recommended by others with similar tastes. Tailoring can be quite expensive, relative to U.S. prices. The choice of fabrics available is limited but improving.

BARBERS AND BEAUTY SHOPS

- Although relatively inexpensive, techniques and methods used by hairdressers differ from those in the West. Some European hair products are available in big stores, and there are several beauty salons opening up in Kiev that offer services using western products.

ELECTRICITY

- 220 volts, 50Hz

is the standard electrical voltage throughout Ukraine. To use electrical appliances you will need a converter as well as an Eastern-European plug adapter.

ALCOHOL

- Throughout Ukraine alcohol is quite inexpensive and easily accessible. Ukraine is a zero tolerance country, so do not drink and drive. The fines are substantial and you are never sure what may happen in such incidences with the militia.

Ukrainian Words And Phrases

Ukrainian Words And Phrases

ENGLISH

TRANSLITERATION

Hello

Pryveet, Veetayuh

Good morning

Dobroho ranky

Good afternoon

Dobry dehn

Good evening

Dobry vehchir

Goodbye

Doh pobachehnyah

Yes, No

Tahk, Nee

Please

Buhd laskah

Thank you

Dyakuyuh

Excuse me

Probachteh

My name is ...

Mehneh zvuht ...

Men's restroom

Choloveechy tualeht

Women's restroom

Zheenochy tualeht

Where, when, who

Deh, koly, khtoh

How much does it cost?

Skeelky tseh Koshtuyeh?

 

Ukrainian Numericals

Ukrainian Numbers

NUMBER

ENGLISH

TRANSLITERATION

 

NUMBER

ENGLISH

TRANSLITERATION

1

one

oh-dyn

 

20

twenty

dvahd-tsyat

2

two

dvah

 

21

twenty-one

dvahd-tsyat oh-dyn

3

three

try

 

30

thirty

tryd-tsyat

4

four

cho-ty-ry

 

40

forty

soh-rohk

5

five

pyaht

 

50

fifty

pyat-deh-syat

6

six

sheest

 

60

sixty

sheest-deh-syat

7

seven

seem

 

70

seventy

seem-deh-syat

8

eight

vee-seem

 

80

eighty

vee-seem-deh-syat

9

nine

deh-vyat

 

90

ninety

deh-vya-noh-stoh

10

ten

deh-syat

 

100

one hundred

stoh

11

eleven

oh-dy-nahd-tsyat

 

200

two hunred

dwisti

12

twelve

dvah-nahd-tsyat

 

1,000

one thousand

tyh-syacha

13

thirteen

try-nahd-tsyat

 

2,000

two thousands

dwi tyh-syachi

14

fourteen

cho-tyr-nahd-tsyat

 

1,000,000

one million

milyion

 

Measurement Conversion

WEIGHT

DISTANCE

LIQUID

TEMPERATURE

100 grams = 3.3 ounces
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
1 ounce = 28.35 grams
1 pound = 0.45 kilograms

1 centimeter = 0.39 inches
1 meter = 39.37 inches
1 inch = ~ 2.5 centimeters
1 kilometer =0 .62 miles
1 mile = 1.61 kilometers
10 kilometers = 6.2 miles

1 liter = 2.11 pints
1 U.S. pint = 0.47 liters
1 U.S. gallon = 3.79 liters

GASOLINE

24 mpg = 9.1 liters to
100 Kilometers

o

F
212
194
176
158
140
122
104

o

C
100
90
80
70
60
50
40

 

o

F
86
68
50
32
14
0
-4

o

C
30
20
10
0
-10
-17.8
-20

 

WOMEN'S SHOES

U.S.

5

6

7

8

9

10

Ukrainian

35

36

37

38

39

40

 

MEN'S SHOES

U.S.

7

8

9

10

11

12

Ukrainian

39

40

41

42

43

44

 

WOMEN'S DRESSES AND SUITS

U.S.

8

10

12

14

16

Ukrainian

40

42

44

46

48

 

MEN'S OVERCOATS AND SUITS

U.S.

36

38

40

42

44

Ukrainian

46

48

50

52

54

 

Ukrainian Official Holidays for the Year 1999

Holiday

Date

New Year's Day

January 1

Orthodox Christmas

January 7*

Women's Day

March 8

Orthodox Easter

April 11*

Labor Day

May 1, 2

Victory Day

May 9

Holy Trinity Day

May 30*

Constitution Day

June 28

Independence Day

August 24

*

Note: varies annually.

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