Ukraine Special advice

Last updated on January 3rd, 2017 at 06:27 am

Ukraine Special advice!

  • Be careful with dating sites or agencies. Many of the girls in nightclubs are often times hired and can lure you into extra fees and increased prices.                                                                                                                                              
  • Ukrainians are very hospitable and family oriented people. As their guest, you will receive genuine treatment. Make sure to be courteous, try all of the foods offered and don’t be afraid to accept any offered gifts.                                    
  • If invited into a family home, it is traditional to bring a gift. A bottle of wine, a cake, or a bouquet of flowers would suffice. If there is a child in the house, it is appropriate to provide him/her with a small gift as well.                                      
  •   Be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering a home. To keep apartments clean, most hosts will provide you with a pair of slippers.                                                                                                                                                                
  • When eating dinner at someone’s home, casual dress is accepted unless otherwise specified and guests are often times asked to make the toasts at dinner, so be prepared.                                                                                                                         
  • When you are around Ukrainian friends or other company, you will noticed it is very common and polite to share with people around you. This could include drinks food or cigarettes. Keep in mind you should always reciprocate.                                     
  • At the entrance of most places, such as upscale restaurants and theaters, expect for your coat, briefcase, or baggage to be checked.                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • For business matters, dress should be conservative. In addition, if you have business cards, be sure to have one side in English and the other side in Ukrainian or Russian (this will depend on which city you are visiting).                                                 
  • If you are on a bus or train be prepared to give your seat to mothers with children, the elderly, and the disabled. Also, if you are on a sleeper train and there is a female in your cabin, it is common to let her have the lower bed, so she does not have to climb to the top. This may also depend on who has to depart at an earlier stop.                                                                   
  • In Orthodox churches women should wear scarves or hats, and men should take off their hats, while also wearing pants and a nice, long-sleeve shirt.

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Ukraine Special advice: Restrictions

Taking photographs of military personnel/institutions and government buildings are

prohibited. If you are caught, you may be fined, have your camera confiscated or may have any photos taken removed from the camera memory card.