National and Public Holidays in Ukraine

Public Holidays in Ukraine

It is pretty obvious that the Ukrainian women and men are very fond of celebrating festivals and holidays. It is traditional that they celebrate various Soviet festivals as well as Western holidays. The various holidays celebrated in the city of Kiev, there are 3 categories namely religious, public and various holidays. All the public holidays are marked red on the calendar so that you can be reminded when to have a good time.

January 1st – New Year’s Day

It is definitely the best holiday of the year. It can be said that over 90% of the Ukrainians have said that it is their favorite holiday of the year and most importantly everybody waits for it. People who want to celebrate this precious holiday can book various night clubs, wineries, festive dinners, and numerous parties that are held only in the famous hotels around the city of Kiev, Ukraine. the new year celebration lasts from the last week of December until the beginning to January and people very generously party until the wee hours of the morning.

January 7th – Orthodox Christmas

According to the Julian calendar, it celebrates Christmas on the 7th of January because it is 13 days behind the actual calendar. Since Christmas wasn’t celebrated by the Soviets until the 20th century, it becomes a very recently added holiday that the citizens very religiously follow. Christmas Eve would be on 6th January, the day when various families gather for a feast. The meal on the 6th January is dedicated to the twelve apostles of Christ. Children go door to door to exchange gifts and good will to relatives and friends.

February 14th – St Valentine’s Day

There have been various American and European holidays celebrated in the Soviet Union that have been adopted over the years. The tradition and the cultures followed on this day are similar to the one in the Western countries.

March 8th – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8th to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. Women’s Day in the Ukraine is as important, if not more important than Mother’s Day elsewhere in the world.

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May 1st –  Day of Spring and Labor

Public Holidays in UkraineDuring the Soviet era, May 1st was celebrated as International Workers’ Day with massive Communist Party rallies.

Kiev day

Every Ukrainian city celebrates its day when it was founded. Kiev day will be celebrated on the last week of May. There are performances by various actors and performers. Many people from every city of Ukraine visit Kiev to watch the performances and the celebration. The streets are decorated and every citizen of Kiev would be very delighted during the holidays to have a good time. There is also a celebration of fireworks during the night. After new year’s day, Kiev day is another one of the favorite holidays of the citizens.

August 24th –  Independence Day

Ukraine’s parliament adopted the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine on 24 August 1991. Thus like other countries Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day as a national holiday. Grand military parade is organized.

Visa policy of Ukraine

Visa requirements for foreigners entering Ukraine

A conditional authorization provided by a competent authority of a country to a person who :

  • Is not a citizen of the country
  • Not a resident


  • Entering it’s territory
  • Stay there for a limited duration.

Different countries have different conditions typically attached to their Visas like-

  • Date of validity
  • Number of persons allowed

The Visa policy varies from country to country. It is subject to acquiring permission from the immigration authority of a country and can be revoked at any time. During short visits to some countries, Visa is not required.

passport-visa-ukraineGenerally a stamp endorsed into an applicant’s passport or any other document, precisely travel document. A traveler wishing to enter another country must apply for Visa well in advance, sometimes through mail or through immigration offices in person. Some countries even require their citizens to obtain exit visas for leaving that particular country.
Ukraine is no different, having its own unique visa policy governed by the foreign affairs department of the country. Visitors to Ukraine must obtain their respective visas from the diplomatic missions of the country unless they are from one of the visa exempt countries.


Citizens of the following countries do not require visa for an indefinite stay:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Moldova
  • Uzbekistan

Following the country’s citizens do not require visa to limited stay, period of up to 90 or 180 days:

  • European Union
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bosnia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Brunei
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • Macedonia
  • United states
  • Vatican City
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Montenegro
  • Mongolia
  • Monaco
  • Tajikistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan

Citizens of the following countries do not require producing invitational letter to procure visas:

  • Australia
  • Albania
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Guatemala

Citizens of the following countries require a visa on arrival:

  • Barbados
  • El Salvador
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Mauritius
  • Seychelles

Ukrainian bridesAll other countries require visa to enter Ukraine.
Grounds for refusal of visa for Ukraine:

  • Ensuring national security
  • Protection of health, wealth and legal rights of Ukrainian citizens
  • Submission of forged document by the applicant
  • Not having adequate travel insurance
  • Revocation on request of the applicant


Ukraine Currency

The Hryvnia (UAH) is the national currency of Ukraine. It is pronounced as gryvnya, and subdivided into kopiyoks. It has been named after Kyvian Rus, a measure of weight used in the medieval ages. It was introduced in 1917, the year in which Ukrainian national republic was declared independent from the Russian empire. The name of the designer who worked on it was Heorhiy Narbut.


200 Hryvnia

When Hryvnia was first introduced, no coins were issued at first. On September 1996, coins were introduced for the first time, even though they were stuck back in 1992.  Initially coins were produced by value 1-50 kopecks. The sign of the currency Hryvnia is the cursive Ukrainian letter “He”. It symbolizes stability and has double horizontal strokes. It has been encoded in Unicode 4.1 which was released in 2005 and is supported by latest PC systems.

The central bank of Ukraine is The National Bank of Ukraine. It was constructed between 1903 and 1934, in Kiev. The Constitution of Ukraine determines the principles of activity, legal status and organisation of the National Bank of Ukraine. It is a legal entity, but with a separate property and is objected to state legislatures. It has an authorised capital amounting to UAH 10 million. Its main function is to provide stability to the country’s main monetary unit, Hryvnia. It determines the kinds of bank notes to be published, effective steps to be taken for development of the economy with its own distinctive features and unique protection system. It also determines the discount rates and other interest rates. It also withholds the power to initiate legislation. With an efficient Board of Directors who coordinates with other staffs for a smooth and competent running of the central place of the country’s economy.

The following are the official exchange rates Hryvnia against foreign currencies as provided by the National Bank of Ukraine.

For every 100 units of :

  • Australian Dollar- 1784.2125 UAH
  • Belarusian Ruble- 0.0152
  • Azerbaijanian Manat- 2182.7498
  • Canadian dollar- 1840.5766
  • Czech koruna- 92.4248
  • Danish krone- 340.0062
  • Euro- 2534.4739
  • Russian ruble- 37.023
  • SDR- 3199.4351
  • US dollar- 2289.7045
  • Yen- 19.04188
  • Pound sterling- 3495.3440
  • Manat- 654.2013
  • Forint- 82.995
  • Zloty- 612.2361
  • Swedish krona- 275.0677

The above mentioned exchange rates are subject to change depending upon the market fluctuations and economic.

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Kiev airports information

Kyiv airports information

Kiev is the capital city if Europe and also the commercial and trade capital. When a city is the hub of all trade centers in the country, it is obvious that the airports of the city would be exceptional. Kiev is a city with two major airports which are Zhuliany and the Borispol International Airport.

  • Kiev International Airport (Zhuliany), IATA: IEV
  • Boryspil International Airport, IATA: KBP

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boryspil-kiev-airportYou would find out that the Borispol Airport is the largest and a modern airport in the entire country. The exact location of the airport would be around 38 km from the main city of Kiev. The airport was rebuilt in 2000 and since then it has been majorly handling all the international flights of the city operating with over 31 abroad airlines. The airport at Borispol receives about 100 flights each day and even now it has around six thousand clients. At the Borispol airport, you would find the most extravagant of services including duty free shopping spots, currency exchanging portals, drug stores, restaurants and post offices. Among the other spots at Borispol airport, you will find wonderful cafeterias which contain foods from every location of the world and you can easily pamper your taste buds while waiting for your next flight. The registration procedure of the flights at Borispol airport starts about 2 hours 30 minutes before the departing time of the flight. It is crucial that you don’t miss out on the registration procedure because the tickets of the flight would be sold to another person.

aircraft-kiev-airportThe next airport in Kiev is the Zhuliany Airport that is not as far as the Borispol International Airport. The main reason why Zhuliany is located about 11 km from the main city of Kiev is because it operates only with domestic flights in the city. The domestic flights connect Kiev to the major cities of Ukraine like Donetsk, Odessa and Lviv. The fair of the tickets for these domestic flights has also been framed in a way that it would benefit the citizens of Ukraine. Since the flights from Zhuliany operate only within the country, the fares of the flights have been designed in a way that the citizens of the country would have to pay comparatively less as compared to the other foreign visitors. This way the citizens travel expenses becomes much cheaper and they would choose to fly within the country often. It also raises a good world economy standard of the country.

Browse the most popular airlines flying to Kiev (KBP) airport. Visit their flights pages to learn more about the most popular routes these carriers fly.

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Languages of Ukraine

Spoken languages in Ukraine

ukraine-victoryUkraine is famous for its diverse and rich culture. The official state language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. It is an East Slavic language that is basically the native language of almost 65% of the total population of the country. 33% speak Russian as their native language while the rest 2% speak different languages. It is one among the two major languages of the country and was one of the three official languages of Transnistria, an unrecognised state.

A recently organised poll results can give us a more detailed knowledge about the number of languages being used all over Ukraine. Over 1000 random people were interviewed for this survey. Almost 52% stated that their language of communication is mainly Russian, while 41% stated that they use Ukrainian as their mode of communication. 8% stated they use both the languages as a mixture. It is a curious case and quite evident that Ukrainian is more spoken in the rural areas, than the urban ones. A bilingual society of the country gets reflected due to this data, as often a mixture of both the languages can be found.

English is the most popular foreign language in Ukraine. Major restaurants, bars and hotels appointed English speaking staff. Though being so popular it is not spoken much in the country.

Here is a list of languages being spoken in Ukraine. And there are quite a few of them!

  • Ukrainian
  • Polish
  • Eastern Yiddish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Hungarian
  • Crimean Tatar
  • Armenian
  • Urum
  • Tatar
  • German
  • Jakati
  • Georgian
  • Czech
  • Erzya
  • Northern Uzbek
  • Kazak
  • Greek
  • Serbian
  • Osetin
  • Bashkort
  • Latvian
  • Tajiki
  • Lezgi
  • Karaim
  • Abkhaz
  • Dargwa
  • Lak
  • North Azerbaijani

shop-in-ukraineThe Constitution of Ukraine passed an Article 10 to make sure the state bears an obligation towards making Ukrainian the most important language of the country. Functioning and comprehensive development of the language throughout Ukraine covering all spheres of social life, while also providing the guarantee that Russian and other minority languages should be protected and allowed free development. Ukrainian can be termed as a mixture of Belarusian and Russian, all of them comprising of a Slavic background. So if you are planning to visit Ukraine we recommend you hire a translator for the first few days as it can be quite confusing.

Apartments in Kiev

10 Best Apartments located in the city center of Kiev

  1. Bessarabsky Kvartal – Bessarabsky Kvartal Apartments are located in Kiev city centre, within a 10-minute walk from Khreshchatyk Street and Bessarabsky Market. It features modern and stylish décor. Free Wi-Fi is provided.
  2. Senator Apartments Maidan – Located only a brief walk from Maidan Nezalezhnosti Station, Senator Apartments Maidan provides guests with a convenient base while visiting Kiev. It is also situated a five-minute walk from Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and offers a shuttle service.
  3. Hotel-Lux Apartments in Kiev Center – Hotel-Lux Apartments in Kiev Center is a self-catering accommodation located in Kiev. Free WiFi access is available. The property is 200 metres from Maidan Nezalezhnosti Metro Station and 200 metres from Khreshchatyk.
  4. Senator Apartments Executive Court – The Senator Apartments Executive Court apartment complex is located in the center of Kiev, not far from Victory Square, Central railway station and Circus, and close to theaters, restaurants and shopping malls.
  5. Flatlux Apartments – Flatlux Apartments located in the City Center Area of Kiev.
  6. CityApartments Kiev – Located just in the heart of Kiev city, 1 minute’s walk from Maidan Nezalezhnosti, these apartments feature free Wi-Fi and a kitchenette.
  7. Premium Rent in Kiev Centre – Located in the centre of Kiev, a short walk to Nezalezhnosti Square, Premium Rent in Kiev Centre offers comfortable self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Mikhailovskiy Cathedral is 600 metres away.
  8. Partner Guest House Khreschatyk – Just a 2-minute walk from Khreshchatyk Metro Station, this guest house in the heart of Kiev is surrounded by museums, shops and restaurants. Its stylish apartments include free Wi-Fi and panoramic city views.
  9. Khreshatyk Street Apartment – Located in the centre of Kiev, a 3-minute walk from Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Khreshchatyk Street 13 Apartment offers free WiFi. Pecherskiy is a great choice for travellers interested in monuments, nightlife and city trip.
  10. GSM Apartment at Kiev Train Station – Located in Kiev city, just 10 minutes’ walk from Kiev Train Station, GSM Apartment at Kiev Train Station features free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. The Saint Volodymyr’s Cathedral and Universitet Metro Station are 600 metres away.

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