This is a safety guide to Ukraine with details and information visitors need to know before travelling to the country. This guide contains helpful guidance on how you can enhance your safety while traveling to and staying in Ukraine. It contains safety tips that have been compiled from security professionals across Ukraine. While the information provided is up to date, please note that such information is subject to change at any time without notice. Consult our resource on a regular basis for updates.
Ukraine is considered to be a safe country in general. While the crime rate, including petty crime committed in larger cities across Ukraine is low as compared to other countries in the world, cases of petty and violent crime against foreign nationals have been reported. Individuals travelling to Ukraine or residing in the country are reminded of the importance of maintaining a high level of vigilance and awareness of security issues at all times.
Security situation in south-eastern regions of Ukraine and especially in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk remains tense and may deteriorate anytime under current circumstances. Avoid the vicinity of all government buildings, including those of regional security administration and state security, in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk, where unrest has been reported as ongoing. Local pro-Russian activists in the region have been holding demonstrations to demand independence referendums.The security forces are liable to use forceful measures against demonstrators.
It is advisable to avoid any places of mass gathering and to remain indoors in the evening. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
Installation of the road check-points by pro-Russian armed personnel, on main roads leading to/from Crimean peninsula poses significant security issue for travellers. These units are checking all vehicles with foreign number plates and do not allow them to enter the peninsula. It is advisable to avoid travel to Crimea in in such circumstances.