Citizens of the European Union, United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Vatican City, Monaco, Iceland, Norway, San Marino, Mongolia, Serbia, Montenegro, Georgia, Hong Kong, Israel, Paraguay and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (except Turkmenistan) do NOT need visas to enter Ukraine.

Most of Lviv residents are Christians: Ukrainian Orthodox — Kyiv and Moscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic, Protestant, and also many Jewish and Muslim citizens. Lviv is known for its tolerance to religious diversity.

Official language is Ukrainian. The Cyrillic alphabet is used. The majority of people in Lviv can speak Russian and Polish and most of the young people can speak English or German.

National currency is hryvnia (UAH), 1 hryvnia = 100 kopiyka. You can exchange currency for hryvnia in banks and numerous exchange offices, some of them work 24/7. If you would like to pay with a credit card, ask before making the payment.

In Ukraine it’s acceptable to be 10 minutes late if it’s an unofficial meeting, and 5 minutes late if an official meeting.

People in Ukraine are not used to drinking tap water. Sparkling and still bottled water is inexpensive to purchase.

Are very hospitable and friendly. Don’t be surprised, when you ask someone the way and a stranger will not just explain you but also walk with you to the place you need.

At official meetings people in Ukraine shake hands. For women it’s not necessary, but possible. Cheek kissing is acceptable if you are in a friendly relationship.

Traveler’s checks

Traveler’s checks can be cashed in banks.

You are expected to tip on the average of about 5–10 percent in Lviv’s restaurants and cafes. Tips are not included in the bill.