Travel to Ukraine

By: Mark Murray

In the heart of Europe is situated the second largest European country named Ukraine, the second largest of the continent after Russia, and one of the most populous in Europe.

The geographical position of Ukraine is very favourable: outlets to Black and Azov Seas, Crimean and Carpathian Mountains, many rivers and lakes, plains rich on productive black earth, forests and rich in minerals regions.

Official language: Ukrainian.

Capital: Kiev.

The major cities: Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Sevastopol.

Independence: August, 24, 1991.

Location: Central-Eastern Europe, part of the East-European plain. Have a look at the World map to locate Ukraine.

Area: 603 700 km2.

Climate: Moderately continental, except for Southern Crimea, where the climate is subtropical, of the Mediterranean type. The Carpathian climate is also mild, with warm winter and rainy summer. Average winter temperature is from -8? to -12? C (from +17.6? F to +3? F). In the Southern regions average winter temperature is 0? C (+32? F). Average summer temperature is from +18? to +25? C (from +64.4? F to +77? F), although maximum temperature can be more than +35? C (+95? F).

Best time to visit Ukraine: Summer, late spring and early fall.

Population: 47 732 079 (25th in the world, population density - 80 p/km2).

Currency: Hrivna (letter code UAH).

Time zone: GMT+2

Internet top-level domain: ua

International phone code: 380

System of measures and weights:  Metric (SI)

The Electric network: 220 In (it is frequent with differences), frequency - 50 Hz. Plugs with two round thin probes.

The territory of Ukraine extends 900 km from north to south and 1,300 km from east to west. The total area is 603,700 sq.km. Ukraine borders Belarus 891 km, Hungary 103 km, Moldova 939 km, Poland 526 km, Romania (south) 169 km, Romania (west) 362 km, Russia 1,576 km, Slovakia 97 km. Look at Ukraine map.

There are 24 administrative regions and the Crimean autonomous republic in Ukraine, 2 municipalities: Kyiv (the capital of Ukraine) and Sevastopol.

Ukraine has approximately 1% of the world's population, but 6% of the world's physicists, chemists, mathematicians, biologists, computer programmers and other highly trained professionals.

Although Ukraine became independent only in 1991 the history and culture of Ukrainian people extends on centuries.

Ukraine is a young state, possessing both the material resources and the political will to enter into the world market as a valuable trading partner.

About Ukrainian visa

The Ukrainian authorities passed a bill in 2005, allowing some citizens to enter Ukraine without a pre-registered visa. Please read the following messages:

On introduction of the visa free regime for the US citizens.

Please, be informed that on August 18, 2005, the President of Ukraine signed Decree No. 1175/2005, amending the President's Decree No. 1008/2005 of June 30, 2005 on the Ukrainian visa requirements for the citizens of the United States of America. According to the Decree No. 1008/2005 and the amendments to it introduced by the Decree No. 1175/2005 the US citizens do not need a visa to enter Ukraine if the period of their stay does not exceed 90 days.

For the US citizens who enter Ukraine with the purpose of employment, permanent residency, study and work at the diplomatic missions of the United States in Ukraine or with any other purpose, if the period of their stay in Ukraine is more than 90 days, visas are required.

On introduction of the visa free regime for the citizens of EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Please be informed that the President of Ukraine signed the Decree No. 1131/2005 "On the Establishment of Visa-Free Regime for Citizens EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein" on July 26, 2005. According to the mentioned Decree, starting September 1, 2005 visas are not required for the citizens of EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein who enter Ukraine or transit through its territory for the period of time of up to 90 days with a valid travel passport.

For the citizens of the above-mentioned countries who enter Ukraine with the purpose of employment, permanent residency, family reunion, study and work at the diplomatic missions of these countries in Ukraine or with any other purpose if they are going to stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days, visas are required.

On introduction of the visa free regime for the citizens of Canada.

Please be informed that the President of Ukraine signed the Decree No. 1134/2005 "On the Establishment of Visa-Free Regime for Citizens of Canada" on July 26, 2005. According to the mentioned Decree, starting August 1, 2005 visas are not required for the Canadian citizens who enter Ukraine or transit through its territory for the period of time of up to 90 days with a valid Canadian travel passport.

For the Canadian citizens who enter Ukraine with the purpose of employment, permanent residency, study and work at the diplomatic missions of Canada in Ukraine or with any other purpose if they are going to stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days, visas are required.

On introduction of the visa free regime for the citizens of the Principality of Andorra, Vatican, the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Monaco, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of San Marino.

Please be informed that the President of Ukraine signed the Decree No. 1663/2005 "On the Establishment of Visa-Free Regime for Citizens of the Principality of Andorra, Vatican, the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Monaco, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of San Marino " on July 26, 2005. According to the mentioned Decree, starting September 1, 2005 visas are not required for the citizens of the Principality of Andorra, Vatican, the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Monaco, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of San Marino who enter Ukraine or transit through its territory for the period of time of up to 90 days with a valid passport.

On introduction of the visa free regime for the citizens of Japan.

Please be informed that the President of Ukraine signed the Decree No. 1107/2005 "On the Establishment of Visa-Free Regime for Citizens of Japan" on July 19, 2005. According to the mentioned Decree, starting August 1, 2005 visas are not required for the Japanese citizens who enter Ukraine or transit through its territory for a period time of up to 90 days with a valid Japanese travel passport

For more information please visit Ukrainian Embassy in your home country.

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