Travel tips for Crimea and Ukraine
#1 Entering Ukraine remember that amount of money in cash and/or in traveller's cheques should not exceed 10 000 USD or equivalent in any other foreign currency.
#2 ATM machines are widely spread. You should note that usually ATM gives you Ukrainian grivnas and at the same time exchange realizes according exchange rate of bank that owns ATM machine.
#3 After arrival we recommend to purchase sim card of local mobile operator. That will allow you to make and accept calls without roaming plus call to home from USD 0.20 per minute. Your mobile phone should support the following standards: GSM-900, GSM-1800 or GSM-1900.
#4 Coming to Ukraine, after acquaintance with local lady via dating agency, be careful as frequently correspondence with you making not girl but personnel of dating agency. Also lady could be a scammer.
#5 Taxi ordered via hotel reception most likely will be more expensive in comparison with ordered by you personally from room as often receptionist/hotels receive their interest from drivers/taxi companies from your order.
#6 Exchange rates in airports and hotels always lower than in the city. Exchange rate in Yalta is one of the lowerest in Crimea and Ukraine.
#7 After check in at hotel check minibar if there are any used/opened drinks or snacks otherwise during check out you will be charged.
#8 Staff at hotels and most restaurants has basic knowledge of English language.
#9 Travelling by car remember that traffic policy has no right to charge you in cash. It can only draw up a report.
#10 Two pin round type plugs is used in Ukraine. Remember that voltage here is 220-230.
#11 Use bottled water, as difference in composition between local water and you got used to drink, could cause disordered stomach.
#12 Hotels get its' stars according Ukrainian classification system that defers with European one.
#13 Almost all street names, road signs are in Russian or Ukrainian languages.
#14 Arriving with presents for your local friends remember, that its value shown in the declaration should not exceed USD 150(or equivalent in any other foreign currency) unless you will have to pay 50% of difference between shown value and USD 150.