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Customs Regulations

Entering Ukraine

If you don’t have more than US$1,000 in cash and aren’t carrying any weapons, radioactive material, illegal drugs or similar items you can pass through the green channel at customs without filling in a declaration.
Duty is payable on anything over 1 litre of spirits, 2 litres of wine, 10 litres of beer and 200 cigarettes.

Leaving Ukraine

Exportation of antiques, works of art, historical treasures and other similar items is prohibited unless written permission from the government has been obtained.
Visitors can leave Ukraine without filling in a customs declaration provided if they have less than US $1,000 or 1,000 UAH.

Superstitions and some cultural peculiarities

  • In Ukraine people don’t shake hands or hand anything over the threshold bad luck, you have to come in first (if you forgot about it, at least demonstrate a rapid attempt to save the situation, by stepping on the threshold).
  • In Ukraine people don’t keep empty bottles on the table bad luck, if it is informal situation someone will put it under the table otherwise waiter will remove it.
  • In Ukraine people try to change a direction if black cat crossed their path bad luck.
  • In Ukraine unmarried girls don’t sit at the corner of the table bad luck, won’t get married for the next 7 years.
  • In Ukraine even number of flowers you bring only on funerals.
  • In Ukraine if you are going to shake hands you remove glove no matter how cold it is.
  • In Ukraine most often when you enter house you will be expected to remove your shoes (you will be given slippers instead), unless directly asked (permitted) not to do so.

Useful Numbers

Fire: 101
Police: 102
Ambulance: 103
For an English-speaking operator dial 8, wait for the dial tone and then dial 191.

Tipping

Tipping about 10-15% of the bill (of course if you satisfied with service) is a common thing in most restaurants.
Check your bill carefully as some restaurants automatically include a service charge (usually about 10%).

Electricity

The standard electrical current in Ukraine is 220 V, 50 Hz AC; i.e. the same as continental Europe.
Two-pronged, round plugs are in use.

Main Ukrainian Holidays

New Year: December 31
Christmas: January 7
St. Valentine’s Day: February 14
International Women's Day: March 8
Easter: Specify by Moon calender
Labour Day: May 1,2
Victory Day: May 9
Kyiv’s Day: The last weekend of May
Trinity: June 15
Constitution Day: June 28
Independence Day: August 24

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