Tourism in Ukraine

Tourism in Ukraine - Overview

Ukraine is a country with great tourist potential. Up to 2014, more than 20 million foreigners visited Ukraine annually, primarily from Russia, Moldova, Belarus, neighboring countries of Eastern Europe, as well as the United States, Uzbekistan, and Israel.

However, only about 6% of those who arrived (1.23 million in 2011) declared tourism as the purpose of the trip, mainly from Russia (40% of all tourists), Poland (11%), Belarus ( 9%), Germany (6%), the United States (4%).

In 2014, after the beginning of the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine, the tourist attractiveness of the country fell sharply. In 2015, Ukraine was visited by 12.4 million people including one-day visits. And only about 15 thousand people declared that the purpose of the trip was tourism. The loss of such a popular tourist destination as the Crimea influenced the decrease in the number of tourists too.

The sphere of tourist interests in Ukraine includes both active types of recreation and sports tourism, such as rock climbing and skiing, and travel with cognitive purposes - exploring the rich archaeological and religious history of Ukraine, its culture and nature. Also, the numerous medical resorts located literally in all regions of Ukraine are gradually becoming more popular. Ukrainian cuisine is very diverse and delicious.

Visas to Ukraine

Citizens of more than 50 countries including the countries of the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel, Brazil, Turkey, Russia can enter Ukraine without visas for up to 90 days during any 180-day period.

Citizens of more than 30 countries including Australia, China, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia can enter Ukraine by receiving visas upon arrival at Kyiv-Boryspil airport, Kyiv International Airport (Zhulyany) and Odessa International Airport for a stay of up to 15 days. To get a visa upon arrival, you will need to provide one of the following documents: an invitation or documents confirming the tourist purpose of your trip or a document confirming investment in the economy of Ukraine.

Rich historical heritage of Ukraine

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral in Kyiv

St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral in Kyiv

Author: Ivanov E.A.

Black House (Kamenitsa) at Rynok Square in Lviv

Black House (Kamenitsa) at Rynok Square in Lviv

Author: Marek Zdziechowski

Magnificent fortress of Kamianets-Podilskyi

Magnificent fortress of Kamianets-Podilskyi

Author: Mariusz Rzetala

Main Tourist Destinations of Ukraine

Kyiv - the historical capital of the Old Russian state (Kievan Rus) and present Ukraine standing on the Dnieper River. It is known for its old cathedrals and monasteries, wide boulevards, scenic views, and a variety of cultural institutions.

Kamianets-Podilskyi - a medieval historical and cultural complex, one of the oldest cities of Ukraine with a magnificent fortress.

Lviv - a medieval “old town” with unique architecture combining Polish and German elements; the historical center of Lviv is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Mukachevo - an important cultural center of Transcarpathia with a number of preserved monuments of architecture including the Palanok Castle.

Odessa - a port on the Black Sea with a lot of beaches and a unique mixture of different cultures.

Chernihiv - an old city with a lot of churches and other architectural monuments, one of the largest towns of Kievan Rus.

Chernivtsi - the historical center of Bukovina and an important cultural center of Western Ukraine with an interesting architecture in the Austrian style, similar to Ivano-Frankivsk. The architectural jewel of Chernivtsi is the ensemble of the former Residence of Metropolitans of Bukovina included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Castles of the Golden Horseshoe: Olesko Castle, Pidhirtsi Castle, Zolochiv Castle in Galichina (Lviv oblast).

Dnipro - a relatively young city with numerous monuments, interesting museums, progressive modern architecture, the longest embankment in Europe (23 km).

Kharkiv - the first capital of Soviet Ukraine with a unique architecture, a lot of monuments, theaters, museums.

Zaporizhia - the longest avenue in Europe (15 km), the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station, Khortytsia Island (the largest island on the river in Europe) with the Zaporizhian Cossacks Museum.

Nikolaev - also known as the City of Brides.

Carpathian Mountains - picturesque mountain landscapes with extensive opportunities for mountain skiing and hiking, healing springs.

Beach resorts on the shores of the Black and Azov Seas.

The Dnieper River - cruises, fishing, beaches.

Photos and pictures

Picturesque cities of Ukraine

In the center of Mukachevo

In the center of Mukachevo

Author: Anna Dziuba

Trinity Cathedral in Chernihiv

Trinity Cathedral in Chernihiv

Author: Lada Stupina

Former Residence of Metropolitans in Chernivtsi

Former Residence of Metropolitans in Chernivtsi

Author: Volodymyr Ivanov

Places of interest in Ukraine

Opera House in Odessa

Opera House in Odessa

Author: Dan Vladi

Annunciation Cathedral in Kharkiv

Annunciation Cathedral in Kharkiv

Author: Ivan Grab

Dnieper Hydroelectric Station in Zaporozhye

Dnieper Hydroelectric Station in Zaporozhye

Author: Igor Lazarevich

Diversity of Ukrainian nature

Fields of the Lugansk region

Fields of the Lugansk region

Author: Alexander Byelkin

Rocks in the Lviv region

Rocks in the Lviv region

Author: Andriy Verh

Carpathian Mountains in the Zakarpattia region

Carpathian Mountains in the Zakarpattia region

Author: Andriy Chmelov

The questions of our visitors

kik asks: How many km (kilometers) do you think it is from the eastern border to the western border of Ukraine? How long do you think it would take to travel that distance? (1 km = 0.6 miles)
Expert's answer:
In a straight line, the greatest distance from the western to the eastern border of Ukraine is about 1,200 km, along the highways - about 1,700 km. But it should be noted that you won't be able to go to part of eastern Ukraine, since this is a war zone. If you go by car, for example, from Uzhhorod to Kharkiv, then the shortest route is about 1,300 km, the travel time - about 18 hours.
Violet asks: Hello. I came to Ukraine for a 90-day education program. At the end of the 90-days, I was not offered a contract and the new strains of COVID were a crisis in the U.S.A. where I am from. I didn't have another job to go to so I overstayed. I am leaving UA at the end of the month and I will have overstayed the 90 days by 93 days. I know I will have to pay a fine at the airport but I am concerned about how much the fine will be and if they will stamp my passport - both showing other countries I overstayed and denying me future entry into Ukraine. Any advice you can offer would be appreciated.
Expert's answer:
In a normal situation, you will be obliged to pay a fine in the amount of UAH 1,700 to UAH 5,100 (about 60-180 USD) and you will be banned from entering Ukraine for 3 months. However, given the quarantine introduced on the territory of Ukraine, you can be exempted from administrative liability, if you were unable to leave Ukraine during the period or as a result of this quarantine.
Pip asks: Do you know how much Ukrainian currency we can take in to Ukraine. I read somewhere is was no more than 1,000 of their own currency, but up to 10,000 USD. Thank you.
Expert's answer:
You have almost the right info, cash per one person, regardless of age, that you can have (subject to oral declaration) is the equivalent of 10000 Euro. Also, I would recommend to bring your Visa/Mastercard instead of cash, it is safer and there are a lot of ATMs in Ukraine nowadays.

The comments of our visitors

Donald Griffin
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Thank you so much for your help, I have really been enjoying your site and appreciate all the information you reveal here! I have hopes of visiting your beautiful country in the next six months and the articles and information you provide will help me prepare for this trip.

David Cleveland
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I have found your site to be very useful and easy to use. The information was very useful,I will be visiting the Ukraine in February and am looking forward to it very much and will also be hiring a personal guide if I can find a good one.

Long live Ukraine

2008 I decided as a women of 50 along with my 33 yr old son and 18 yr daughter to search for my deceased fathers family who reside in a small village in the region of Ivano-Frankivsk. Not speaking the language and having no idea of the type of people or standards we would encounter, we set off from London overland by coach.

We arrived in Lviv coach station which is something out of the 50's I truly thought we had made a mistake to make this journey. After settling in our hotel which I have to say was more than comfortable we explored the city.

Lviv offered something for the different age groups in our party. The truly amazing opera house, serene yet opulent churches cafe culture which is just as good as Vienna and an array of lovely people. At 3.00 a.m. in the morning I felt far safer than walking around the city of London. Be warned the month of August can be exceedingly warm.

The next day we travelled to Ivano-Frankovsk (which again did not let me down) where we were met by our village family and taken to their home. Hospitality is foremost in Ukraine, food was truly organic, Vodka drunk in copious amounts tastes far superior to what we have in the U.K.

Would I go back, yes, yes, yes , in fact this year will be my 4th visit to such a magnificent country with its splendid forest, lakes, medieval towns and cities and the most welcoming people ever.

Long live Ukraine

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