How Safe Is Kiev for Travel?

Kiev, Ukraine
Safety Index:
52

Kiev is the capital and largest city of Ukraine with – officially – as much a 3 million inhabitants.

One of the great things about Kiev is that people here are kind and generally easygoing. If you only speak English, many locals will accommodate you.

Many people adore living in Kiev, regardless of the fact that it’s sometimes dangerous: the costs are low, the people are friendly, and the city has a lot to offer.

Since Kiev is a huge metropolis, its cultural life is very vibrant. There is always something to see, be it a gig, a play, an exhibition or other entertainment. Kiev’s night life is also rich.

Warnings & Dangers in Kiev

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Generally speaking, Kiev is not too safe for visitors. It is a city where travelers aren't too common, but if you do visit, there are areas that should be avoided at all costs.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Driving a car in Kiev is very dangerous and may prove fatal, especially if you didn’t get your license in Ukraine. Public transportation is one of the most common places where you'll find pickpockets operating.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets are a serious issue in Kiev, and it can occur everywhere so you should be careful particularly in crowded places, in tourist areas, in bars and nightclubs and on public transportation.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

As for natural disasters, what still represents the biggest issue in Kiev is the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster. It is also susceptible to frequent freezing winters and storms.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

As for violent crime, it has been on the rise in Central Kiev, especially after dark. This includes muggings, and armed robbery particularly in secluded and dark streets and areas.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Terrorists are likely to try and carry out attacks in Kiev and the authorities in Ukraine have announced that they have already disrupted numerous planned attacks precisely in the capital

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Scamming is also an issue in Kiev. Apart from online scams, be careful on the streets, keep an eye on your drink and always check your change twice. Be especially careful around taxi drivers trying to overcharge you.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Kiev is not really a safe place for solo female travelers. Crime is widespread throughout the country and there is political turmoil as well as terrorism threats disrupting peace in the country.

So... How Safe Is Kiev Really?

There are many sights Kiev offers to its visitors.

When it comes to crime, you should try and lay low and refrain from showing the fact that you’re a tourist or your belongings.

Try to fit in, as foreigners are still rare in this city.

Petty theft is an issue here, so be very careful and guard your stuff.

Kiev, Odesa and other major cities are more accustomed to tourists, which is why pickpockets here are more common, especially in crowded places like metro, bus and train stations.

And even though bad blood between Russia and Ukraine is unlikely to affect tourists, you should know that there are no government services like police, hospitals, firefighters, ambulance services etc.

Another big risk here is probably the traffic: namely, a lot of people don’t use seat belts even in the event that their chosen taxi has them – a lot of Ubers don’t have seat belts.

Get a reputable taxi, a Uber Select, or take the public transport.

Regarding separatists and war, it’s all politics, and if you are not a civic activist, aggressively politically minded personality you may just relax and enjoy discovering this amazing ancient city.

There are no protesters or separatists in the streets, but if there were, it would be wise not to join them.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Many countries do not need a visa in order to enter Kiev. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the planned date of your travel and you need to apply for your visa well in advance as they cannot be acquired on Ukranian airports. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Ukrainian embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Ukrainian hryvnia is the official currency in Kiev. ATMs are widespread throughout the country and you can expect them even outside of the city. Credit cards are also accepted in most establishments.
  • Weather - The climate is cold and temperate in the capital of Ukraine. Kiev is a city with a significant amount of rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain. Winters here are warm without much snow while summers are rainy.
  • Airports - Boryspil International Airport is actually the country's main international airport. It is located in Boryspil, 29 km east of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Kiev, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Kiev Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -5° C
Feb -4° C
Mar 2° C
Apr 10° C
May 16° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 20° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 15° C
Oct 9° C
Nov 3° C
Dec -2° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
-2-151421242524201350
Low
°C
-8-7-25111415141050-4
High
°F
283041577075777568554132
Low
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181928415257595750413225

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2 Reviews on Kiev

  1. This is not true

    You make it sound so much worse than it is. I am not even going to point out what is wrong, because most of this article is so not true. You should really review this city again.

  2. M
    Massimo Licandro says:

    I agree with Polina. Just came back from Kiev. Great city. Very safe
    More than certain major Western European or North American cities. The person who wrote such report has not been to Kiev, certainly not recently.

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