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Ukraine

Ukraine is undergoing profound political and economic change as it moves from its Soviet past toward a market economy, multi-party democracy, and integration into Euro-Atlantic and other international institutions. In recent years, the availability of goods and services has increased along with increased rates of growth in Ukraine's economy, and facilities for travelers have improved somewhat. Nonetheless, the availability of travel and tourist services remains uneven throughout the country, and Ukraine still lacks the abundance of many of the goods and services taken for granted in other countries. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Ukraine for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Ukraine
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Kyiv (or Kiev)
Boundary Countries:

Poland, Romania, and Moldova in the west and Russia in the east

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

American Medical Center (Kyiv)

Main Cities:

Kiev, Odesa, Sumy, Yalta

Country Size: 603,700 sq km
Population: 46,710,816

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Ukrainian (official) 67%, Russian 24%, small Romanian-, Polish-, and Hungarian-speaking minorities

Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)
Predominant Religions:

Ukrainian Orthodox - Kyiv Patriarchate 50.4%, Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate 26.1%, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 8%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 7.2%, Roman Catholic 2.2%, Protestant 2.2%, Jewish 0.6%, other 3.2% (2006 est.)

National Holidays: Independence Day, 24 August (1991); 22 January (1918), the day Ukraine first declared its independence (from Soviet Russia) and the day the short-lived Western and Central Ukrainian republics united (1919), is now celebrated as Unity Day
Economic Status:

Ukraine is undergoing profound political and economic change as it moves from its Soviet past toward a market economy and multi-party democracy and integration into Euro-Atlantic and other international institutions.  In recent years, the availability of goods and services has increased along with increased rates of growth in Ukraine's economy, and facilities for travelers have improved somewhat.  Nonetheless, the availability of travel and tourist services remains uneven throughout the country, and Ukraine still lacks the abundance of many of the goods and services taken for granted in other countries.

Security:

Ground Forces, Naval Forces, Air Forces (Viyskovo-Povitryani Syly), Air Defense Forces

US Presence:

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located at 6 Mykoly Pymonenka St., 01901 Kyiv, Ukraine. Telephone: (38-044) 490-4422, fax (38-044) 486-3393. The American Citizen Services unit is located at the same address and can be reached at (38-044) 490-4445, fax (38-044) 490-4040. The Embassy is located at 10 Yuriy Kotsyubynsky St. 01901 Kyiv, Ukraine. Tel.: (38-044) 490-4000.

Document Requirements:

A passport valid for six months beyond the planned date of travel is required. US citizens are exempt from the requirement to have a Ukrainian visa as long as the duration of their stay in Ukraine does not exceed 90 days and the purpose of their travel is tourism, private travel, or business. US citizens whose planned stay in Ukraine exceeds 90 days must have visas authorizing their entry into Ukraine. If the purpose of their visit is other than tourism, private travel, or business, an appropriate visa must be obtained regardless of the length of stay. The Government of Ukraine does not issue visas at its borders or ports of entry. Visas must be obtained in advance by those who need them.
US citizens may apply for all types of visas through Ukrainian Embassies and Consulates overseas. Contact details for Ukrainian Embassies and Consulates are available on the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Visas may also be obtained from the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC, or from Ukrainian Consulates General in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco.
For additional information about Ukrainian visas and related policy, please contact the nearest Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate.

Embassy of Ukraine
3350 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 333-0606
Fax: (202) 333-0817

Consulate General of Ukraine in New York
240 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 371-5690
Fax: (212) 371-5547

Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco
530 Bush Street, Suite 402
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: (415) 398-0240
Fax: (415) 398-5039

Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago
10 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (312) 642 4388
Fax: (312) 642 4385

Please check your visa carefully upon receipt and pay careful attention to validity dates. Each traveler is responsible for understanding the type of visa issued and the provisions of the visa. Frequently, American citizens are refused re-entry to Ukraine because they thought they possessed a multiple entry visa, but in fact their visa was valid for only a single entry. In some cases, Americans attempt to enter Ukraine before their visa becomes valid. This is a common mistake, since in Ukraine the date is written day-month-year, not month-day-year. Thus, a visa issued on 01/05/09 is valid from May 1, 2009 and NOT from January 5, 2009. Such travelers can be detained at the port of entry, refused admission, and sent back to the country from which they traveled. The US Embassy in Kyiv is unable to assist travelers in these situations.
American citizens traveling to or staying in Ukraine are reminded of the recent changes to Ukrainian immigration law. While differences in interpretation have not yet been fully clarified, it currently appears that the terms “registration” and “allowed period of stay” should be treated as synonyms.
For American citizens visiting Ukraine, whether on a visa or visa-free, registration is completed at the border by border control officers for a maximum period of 90 cumulative days during a consecutive 180 day period. The calculation of the 90 day period begins from the date of first entry into Ukraine. Registration can be extended in certain situations by Ukrainian immigration authorities and will be valid only for continuous stay in the country, but not for re-entry to Ukraine. Otherwise, visitors must leave the country before the 90 day period ends and they will not be allowed re-entry until the consecutive period of 180 days from the date of first entry expires. 
Extensions of stay are processed through the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Office of Citizenship, Immigration and Registration (also known as “OVIR”). Most cities will have several OVIR offices. Contact numbers for central regional OVIR offices can be found on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Office of Citizenship, Immigration and Registration (in Ukrainian only). Applications for extension of registration should be submitted at least three days before the current registration expires. Extensions are not automatic, however, and are valid only for continued presence in the country. It is not possible to depart Ukraine and return on the extension, nor can an adjustment to visa status be made from within Ukraine.
For more details regarding Ukrainian visas and registration procedures, American citizens are advised to contact the nearest Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate abroad or the nearest OVIR office within Ukraine.
Travelers who intend to visit Russia from Ukraine must also have a Russian visa. The Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Ukraine is located at Prospekt Kutuzova 8, tel.: (380-44) 284-6816, fax 284-7936, email: general@rucons.kiev.ua.
Visitors to Ukraine should note that Ukrainian law requires them to obtain health insurance. For more information see the section on Medical Insurance below.
Visit the Embassy of Ukraine’s website for the most current visa information. Also, see the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

Major Airports:

Airports:  499  Airports w/paved runways: 193

Kiev State Enterprise Boryspil International Airport (KBP/UKBB)
Airport Boryspil, 08307 Boryspil 7, Kyiv Region
Tel: +380 44 281-78-54, +380 44 281-74-17
Fax: +380 44 281-71-22, +380 44 490-47-71
email: document.write('direc' + 'tor' + cat + 'kbp.k' + 'iev.u' + 'a'); director@kbp.kiev.ua
Website: www.kbp.kiev.ua
Telex: 131924 AFL SU 
Additional Contact -
Boryspil Airport, 08307 Kyiv
Tel: +380 44 281-76-53
Fax: +380 44 490-47-71

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Ukraine has been largely free of significant civil unrest or disorders, however, demonstrations intermittently occur in cities such as Kyiv. While the majority of these protests are small and peaceful, it is best to avoid such gatherings. There also have been recurrent incidents of groups of skinheads targeting people of Asian, African or other non-European descent in downtown Kyiv. Americans often stand out in Ukraine, and are, therefore, more likely to be targeted there than in Western European countries where incomes are higher and Americans may blend in better.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  9.9 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 69.98 years   (male 64.71/female 75.59)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid
Boosters: tetanus-diptheria and measles as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

In December 2005, Ukraine reported the first cases of H5N1 (“avian influenza,” "avian flu," "bird flu," "chicken flu") among birds in Crimea.  Further outbreaks followed in 2006.  There are no registered human cases of H5N1 in Ukraine. 

HIV/AIDS– people living with HIV/AIDS: 360,000

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Many facilities have only limited English speakers.  There are no hospitals in Ukraine that provide a level of medical care equal to that found in American hospitals, or which accept American health insurance plans for payment (see the section on Medical Insurance below).  Some facilities are adequate for basic services. When a patient is hospitalized, the patient, relative, or acquaintance must supply bandages, medication, and food.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 4
Referrals: 20
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or in immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C.

Communications Info:

international: country code - 380
Internet code: .ua

 



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