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    Beggars

    by Pomocub Written Dec 28, 2011

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    This isn't really a warning or a danger but it is something to be mindful of. When i visited Kyiv, I was approached by two young children outside the Rynok who had their hands out and gesturing that they wanted money. I said no in Ukrainian and carried on walking, the children followed us for a little while and then a young boy who was around 8/9 punched my father in the back.

    There was also a young gentleman outside Independence Square who asked us if we spoke German or English who told us a tale of how he put the wrong petrol in his car and needed to borrow some money to fix his car. Again we walked away.

    We didn't feel any sense of danger but it is something to be mindful of when enjoying the city.

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    Street Scams(2)

    by srilm Written Aug 4, 2005

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    This second scam is a little more professional and can get you in trouble. You'll be walking along and see a couple of bills on the ground. If you stop to pick it up a man will approach you. If you haven't already grabbed it, he will. He'll ask if it's yours and when you say no, he'll offer to split it with you. About this time a second man will approach and claim he dropped it. The first guy will give it to the second who will then claim that some is missing. Of course, then you are accused of stealing and are asked to produce any money in your pockets. If you do this, he'll convince you to give him some of it just to be done with the whole situation or simply take your money and run. There are a few variations, but the advice is the same. If you see any money on the ground, keep walking and give it a wide berth.

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    Credit card fraud

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Nice promotional idea at a gas station

    I include this tip just as a general precautionary measue for those who very often use credit cards being used to pay virtually everything with it. Please don' t believe everybody in Kiev is trying to cheat you!

    There has been a warning issued on 31rd August 2004 by the US embassy in Kiev that several individuals have been victims of scams while using automated teller machines in the city. The embassy recommends using ATMs only if absolutely necessary.

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    Beware of police ID checks on the streets

    by om_212 Written Jun 13, 2007

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    Recently, Ukrainian police has renewed the old procedure of checking ID on the streets. couple of my foreign friends told me that they have been stopped by police for documents check. that mostly concerns foreigners, who are easily spotted out even in the crowd, or people of non Caucasian appearance. As long as you have your ID with you (passports) and you didn't stay in Ukraine for 90 days without registering with OVIR, you are in a good shape.

    I hope this practice disappears as soon as it has reappeared.

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    If you gonna rent private appartments

    by cold_dead_bunny Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    For sure, to rent appartments is much cheaper then to stay in hotel, and, I think, more comforatble. So, if you are looking for a flat in Kiev, I will give you some advices and wornings:

    - if you plan to stay in the city center /btw, prices there for 1-room flat is about $40-50, but if you try, you will find cheaper/, there houses mainly builted centure ago, so breakdown of running water in really common in this district. So, dont forget to ask agent if in flat there is hot water.

    - As I mentioned before, buildings are old, max about 3-4 floors, so mind when you will pick up the floor. In this houses ceilings are 4 metres high (if they are built before war), so imagine how you will go upstairs every day without elevator on 4th floor.

    - Generally about appartments - what you pay is what you get. If you pay $30/night in city center you will get a bit freaky flat with not really good decoration. If you pay $50 and more - then you can get something good.

    - As I know, if you are comming for 1 or 2 days, no reservation can be made. When you arrive to the city, you just call to the agency , and they offer you free appartments which they have.

    Thats all for this time... I hope, my tips will be usefull for your travells!

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    Traffic Versus Clean Air

    by hunterV Updated Feb 9, 2010

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    Victory Square used to be a clean air place
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    A lot has been said and written of late about the air pollution resulting from traffic.
    The number of cars in Kiev has reached one million, which means every third resident of Kiev drives a car.
    Besides, there is cargo transport, transit transport and guests of Kiev coming to the capital by their own cars...
    Carbon dioxide concentration in the air exceeds all possible/existing norms by several times.
    The statictic data always tend to frighten us by those huge numbers...
    Here are the places in the capital where the air cleanliness situation leaves much to be desired.
    - Bessarabia Square and Obolon Abenue are the most polluted places as far as the air is concerned.
    - Popudrenko Street (Chernihiv Metro station),
    - Lesia Ukrainka Boulevard,
    - Victory Avenue (Sviatoshin Metro station)
    - Skliarenko Street
    are among the worst ecological areas in Kiev.
    All this situation results from air pollution caused by traffic.
    What about industrial pollution?...
    Better not to think of it and enjoy one's stay instead!

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  • Police and taxi

    by caprice_222 Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    You should always keep your passport with you. Police in ukraine still corrupt and you should be careful about that. They think that "foreigners r reach" like people used to think during the USSR time and they (polismen) will always find the reason to make you pay. Whats why never show them your wallet and keep your documents, you should also have to know the telephone nomber of your embassy, travel agency or transletor who can help u. At least, if u r in the trouble, give policmen couple of dollars (not more than 10$, despite on that they ask for 200$) or buy some drinks. I know its awful and funny sometimes, but as ukrainian x-president said "we have what we have...."
    About the taxi drivers - if u dont speak their language they will ask you for the double price or even more. But thats normal, u have this kind of situation in every country. So, you should know, that for the short distance (center and bordering to it area) you pay around 25-50 UAH (its about 5-10$).

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    Concerning passports and ID cards

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Original documents should be kept safe at home

    It has been rumoured that any officer may eventually ask your identity card or passport and not having this at hand would cause you serious trouble... I personally cannot confirm such stories and nobody ever stopped me and asked for my passport but simply for your general security and convenience, bear something with you to prove your identity.

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    As for Chernobyl' trip

    by cold_dead_bunny Written Sep 17, 2006

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    Yes, no doubts, it is exciting and leaves lots of memorys, but mind of dangers also. And that is not only radiation. This zone, area is closed, so there no true municipality, authoritys or police. So, that is the common zone where hide run away prisoners. Belive me, there lots of them. And, as for radiation, also mind of it too. As I know, for ex., 1 day beeing in close to reactor area you will get a month dose of radiation living in Kiev. Try to be rational, dont joke with your health.

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    Beware of thieves on public transport

    by Bobek Updated May 28, 2006

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    Escalator in the metro system

    First of all do not panic. Things like this could happen in Paris, Rome or Madrid as well. Kiev is generally a safe place for tourists. People are very friendly, warm in character and they are generous. But please keep in mind that this is a big city and you should excercise some basic caution with what you carry with you in the streets or on the subway (Metro).

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    Cheap accommodation

    by Bobek Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    You may get what you deserve

    Please do not misunderstand me. I am not against inexpensive accommodation at all but what I sometimes found here at VT is an extreme rock-bottom low-budget ideology regarding services and accommodation in Kiev. Listen, folks, what you ask is what you will get! Of course you can pay almost nothing for a dry place under a roof but is this actually what you are looking for? Look, you are ready to pay 1,000 dollars or more to be taken for an adventure in a country that you expect to be 'absolutely inexpensive', you consider Ukraine being a poor developing country - And consequently people should be happy and thankful just because you bring a dollar? No, believe me, reality will teach you a lesson! At home you are aware that you have to pay for a clean and accurate place but you are not willing to pay the adequate price here? Fine, here you are: Go and ask the babushkas for a room for 10 dollars a night or less. You may be lucky - but in a different way you will have expected: You will receive your 'low budget adventure'. Please remember, if you are greedy wanting a clean room and a restroom or a great service for slightly more than nothing then go and live with nothing. If you want something acceptable, then pay acceptable.

    I have been contacted a number of times regarding cheap and cheaper and even more cheaper accommodation in Kiev. Well, dear boys and girls, Kiev is a modern million city; if you cannot afford to pay a reasonable price for your holiday room or apartment in such a place then better stay at home. Or sleep under the bridges.

    Please do also consult my accommodation clues. Comments are welcome of course.

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    Luggage thieves in Boryspil Airport

    by om_212 Written Aug 15, 2008

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    Luggage theft has unfortunately become one of the serious problems in the Boryspil International Airport. Luckily, I have no such experience, but several of my friends and acquaintances reported things missing from their suitcasesafter crossing the border in Boryspil, including expensive cameras, watches and other valuables . In most instances, they told me valuables were missing, while their boxes or wrapping were left in suitcases, which makes it difficult to discover the theft right after arrival (unless you check all the stuff right after unpacking).

    Unfortunately, the police is very slow and/or unwilling to act on these cases. The best advices here are: pack smart and put your valuables into carry-on bags. If the first is impossible, make sure to wrap your suitcase in cellophane, so you could visually inspect it for signs of intrusion right at the airport; check the insides of your suitcase at the airport, especially if your piece of luggage came late after others; purchase insurance as an airline responsibility system reimburses passengers for lost luggage according to the recorded weight of a suitcase, not by the actual value of its contents (Warsaw convention).

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    Attracting Street Lottery?

    by hunterV Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    Archangel St.Michael is on the city's coat-of-arms
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    I plead you not to take part in any "street lottery"!
    – No chance for you, no matter how attractive the "lottery" might seem to you.
    They say the day’s income of the "showmen" of the local lottery-making/fooling in Kiev makes up from 2 to 5 thousand dollars.
    So why invest into this ruthless "shadow economy"?

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    Again about police

    by cold_dead_bunny Written Sep 17, 2006

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    One my friend, foreigner, while going home in city center about 11pm, was stopped by police, maybe becouse he was just wondering and taking pics of night city and buildings... He does not speak russian at all, officers did not know any english. They asked his passport and even after that searched him, but everything was ok and let him go.
    Generally, it is not normall, police cant without any obvious cause search you, or ask something to do - like give money, or take you to police department.

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    Budget travel

    by cold_dead_bunny Written Feb 2, 2007

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    I heard, its impossible to find a budget accomodation in Kiev. Its absolutelly not true. There are many hostel-like accomodations where for $7-10 will offer you a bed in dorm. Sure, they are in the outskirts, but if you fan of adventures in strange city with luck of money that will be a nice variant for you. Also, near railway station enter, all time night and day stands a dozen of women who will offer you a flats with price start $20 for night.
    Well, if you will still have problems, contact me, I dont mind to help!

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    Feb 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    I have visited Kiev twice now and luckily I have had no problems with corrupt police, muggings, credit card scams or robbery on the Metro, ( I was robbed once in St Petersburg though, got hemmed in by some burly guys who stole about 5 pound from my back pocket but left my cards alone !!, I was lucky and I never take a lot of money with me when I go sightseeing ) Anyway back to Kiev, Kiev is a vast sprawling city full of high rise flats on the outskirts and some nice parks in the centre. It is traffic ridden and obviously there hasn`t been much investment in the infrastructure, I have traveled on metro and bus and Marshrutka and also I can read the cyrillic alphabet which does help. My advice is this : book at least your first nights accommodation before you arrive in Kiev, learn to read the alphabet and always be aware of your surroundings especially in the underground shopping alleys by the underpasses, (there are some VERY dubious characters around there) use your common sense and go into some of the local places to eat and speak English, most of the people I spoke to were brilliant and after a while open up to talking to you. The waitresses are very cold generally but if you go to a place regularly they get used to you and start to thaw. I have been to a few former Eastern block countries, including Russia, and generally I have had a great adventure, be careful but be aware, even in my home city of London I practice this. I have never flown into Boryspil airport, only Zhulzany, so I have no experience of what it is like to arrive there but if you go armed with info before arriving, maps of the transport system, maybe a taxi booked and some local currency I think this would help a lot. If anyone wants to talk to me about it email me at :gandalfade2003@yahoo.co.uk. Happy traveling.

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