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I may have to visit Kiev (unless my ministry for foreign affairs say otherwise) for a meeting. I am not going anywhere in Eastern Ukraine. Where can I find the best source on safety for travellers? Edit: I have an interpreter. I plan to stay in or near Kiev.

  • How's your Russian or Ukrainian? – Karlson May 2 '14 at 18:03
  • And further where in Ukraine do plan to go? – Karlson May 2 '14 at 18:11
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I spent the weekend in Kiev a few weeks ago and it was nothing like what I expected.

Had it not been for the BBC coverage of the events with Russia I would not have had a clue that this was a country essentially at war.

My only advice would be around currency. I could not for the life of me get currency at home (UK) and had to do it when I landed in Kiev. I would however also take a small amount in a stronger currency as well (GBP, USD or EURO) as these are generally accepted and sometimes preferred. If like me you land too late to exchange currency you can either pay with a stronger one or with draw from a cash machine.

As I said in and around Kiev you should be perfectly safe. It wouldn't hurt to keep the embassy details in your phone just in case. In terms of how much money to take, Ukraine is very cheap and I wouldn't take that much money. My hotel cost me £56 for 4 days and it was fine.

This is the link I used to keep an eye on the situation UK Gov Ukraine Travel Advice

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Looking at the US Department of State travel advisories and the Canadian equivalent should give you a pretty good assessment of the situation for a typical business trip.

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    Actually for situations as fluid as the current one in Ukraine the only real information is from the locals. – Karlson May 2 '14 at 18:09
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    @Karlson the Canadian warning includes "last updated" and "valid until" fields. Are you saying to be sure to check these, or are you suggesting that even a report updated yesterday and still considered valid by the issuer is likely to be inaccurate? – Kate Gregory May 2 '14 at 18:19
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    @KateGregory The problem with these reports is that they only include major events like situation in Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimea and Kharkov and don't consider regions bordering Crimea or Russian in the North. Secondly based on the information from Kharkov the visitors that don't participate in the political rallies have nothing to worry about by day. Night is slightly different story. – Karlson May 2 '14 at 18:37
  • @Karlson: This is true, at present at least. I live in Kharkiv. – Roman R. May 3 '14 at 8:02
  • I am from Kharkiv, kov. But I still keep in touch with my former classmates. – Karlson May 3 '14 at 16:59
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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office issues travel advice: here is their page for Ukraine.

I'd be surprised if the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs didn't do something similar, too.

  • We have something similar but it is fairly general, just as yours. – Mikael Jensen May 3 '14 at 13:58

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