Like any other foreign country you visit you are going to want to remain safe while you are in Ukraine. For the most part you will not have trouble while there, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind while you are in Ukraine just in case something happens and you need to contact someone that speaks your language or works in your nation’s embassy.
· Always carry your original visa or passport with you. A photocopy is not effective proof that you are who you say you are.
· Carry all the information you possibly can on your local embassy or consulate, such as address and telephone numbers.
· If you plan on being in Ukraine for any length of time, invest in a local SIM card for your mobile phone to save on local calls, texts messages and emergency phone calling.
· Never flaunt your wealth and try not to publicize the fact that you are not from Ukraine. Petty theft does exist and foreigners are usually prime targets.
· If you should happen to be arrested while in Ukraine, notify the law officers that you are a foreign visitor so that they know you are not a citizen.
· Never drink alcohol in the company of strangers you have just met. You do not know what could happen.
· Use only ATMs at banks where the security of the machine is better. Try to carry cash for use in the smaller towns. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most of the large cities but not in the small towns where they do not know how to handle them as well as others.
· Never exchange money anywhere except in a bank and the Euro and US Dollar are acceptable forms of currency in Ukraine, especially in the tourist areas.
· If you are a black person, be forewarned that there is racism in Ukraine and while you may not experience it, having all of your foreign travel papers with you at all times will help you out if a problem arises.
You can learn more about traveling in Ukraine at vavilon-travel.com.ua/urlaub.html