Travel to Ukraine

Travel to Ukraine was developed and is maintained by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation. Travel to Ukraine was envisioned as a response to the lack of valuable information about traveling to Ukraine and espousing what it has to offer, both to tourists seeking an escape and businesspeople seeking opportunities. With this vision, we hope to expand this website continually in an effort to provide more and better resources for potential tourists, visitors, and investors. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization established in 1991 to facilitate democratic development, encourage free market reform, and enhance human rights in Ukraine. The Foundation creates and sustains channels of communication between the United States and Ukraine for the purpose of Building Peace and Prosperity Through Shared Democratic Values. USUF is dedicated to strengthening the mutual objectives of both nations while advancing Ukraine as a cornerstone of regional stability and as a full partner in the community of nations.

Mission: Our mission is to promote Ukraine as a country that has a great potential for attracting tourists.

President Abraham Lincoln wishes everyone a Happy Vyshyvanka Day!The purpose of this holiday is to preserve and populari...
05/21/2020

President Abraham Lincoln wishes everyone a Happy Vyshyvanka Day!

The purpose of this holiday is to preserve and popularize Ukraine's folk traditions. The tradition to mark the day of Ukrainian national embroidered clothes, vyshyvanka, was established relatively recently but has already spread around the world. On this day you can usually see people dressed in embroidered clothes on the street, in transport, at work, schools, etc. Vyshyvanka Day does not have any obligatory requirements, except for putting your vyshyvanka on.

So, quarantining or not, why don't you take yours out of the closet and wear it today? Taking pictures and sharing them with friends is highly encouraged! Enjoy seeing beautiful, colorful vyshyvankas!

An important message from Ukraine International Airlines:We will be providing another flight to bring Ukrainians home fr...
05/20/2020

An important message from Ukraine International Airlines:

We will be providing another flight to bring Ukrainians home from Seattle, Washington, this Thursday, May 21, 2020.

The Airfare is $800, and includes one checked bag. Passengers should bring their own food on the flight, and also be prepared for governmental requirements to enter and to quarantine for entry to Ukraine.

The schedule is as follows.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Depart Seattle: 4:45PM
Arrive Kyiv: 3:00PM+1 (Friday morning 22MAY)

Kindly advise all persons that are interested that these flights can be purchased on our website www.FlyUIA.com.

Be well. Keep safe. And, keep hope alive.

From:

GreGG Truman
General Manager
North America
Ukraine International Airlines www.FlyUIA.com
Tel: +1.305.608.2715
E-mail: [email protected]
Reservations: +1.800.876.0114

05/19/2020
Skeiron

Lviv in 3D!!!

Після карантину природа настільки очистилась, що на ще недавно порожні вулиці міста знов повернулись... люди!
Так як запустіння для Львова - річ аномальна, ми дістали дрони та вирішили зафіксувати його в моменті. Потім з цих матеріалів створили панорамний 360° тур. У ньому навіть зазвичай рясно усіяні туристами місця зовсім порожні: немає черги охочих піднятись на вежу ратуші, галасливого натовпу на площі Ринок, охочих помилуватися Домініканським собором, іноземних туристів та львів’ян, які вранці біжать кудись у справах. Все завмерло як зачакловане.
Запрошуємо всіх охочих згадати як це було прогулятись віртуальними львівськими вуличками та подивитись на місто з висоти польоту птаха - буде цікаво!
Дякуємо Фокус на культуру за можливість розвивати культуру у такий нелегкий час та нашим партнерам Lviv Tourist Information Center Lviv.Travel Lviv Tourism Office за співпрацю - на досягнутому зупинятись не збираємось!
Результати тут: http://skeiron.com.ua/lviv

#фокус_на_культуру #skeiron

On May 11, in an interview with Deutsche Welle, Deputy Prime Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that resuming air travel was ...
05/14/2020
Air travel from Ukraine unlikely to resume in May | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

On May 11, in an interview with Deutsche Welle, Deputy Prime Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that resuming air travel was part of the fifth and final step of lifting quarantine in Ukraine. Currently, Ukraine is on step one.

As Ukraine started rolling back some quarantine measures on May 12, some dared to hope that the ban on foreign air travel may also be lifted soon. At least three major European airlines have begun selling tickets from Ukraine for flights starting on May 23. But their enthusiasm isn’t supported by ...

05/12/2020
What to see in Kyiv in one day.

While you are home, see what awaits you in Kyiv in the future!

We'll be happy to give you a glimpse on what you can see in Kyiv (Kiev) in one day. Enjoy this virtual tour of Kyiv (Kiev) with our tour guide Asya, who know...

We would like to inform you that UIA will perform a special flight on the route New York-Kyiv on May 20, 2020 to transpo...
05/12/2020

We would like to inform you that UIA will perform a special flight on the route New York-Kyiv on May 20, 2020 to transport Ukrainian citizens wishing to return to Ukraine. There will be 265 seats available for sale.

Here is the following special flight schedule:

Date: May 20, 2020
Routing: New York JFK Airport to Kyiv Boryspil Airport (KBP)
Flight #: PS1122
Depart: JFK 4:00 PM
Arrive: KBP 8:35AM+1 (on May 21, 2020)

Ticket sales are only available on the UIA website at https://www.flyuia.com/ua/en/home

The tickets cost US $801.

We ask you to disseminate information about this special UIA flight.

Thank you for your cooperation

Be well. Keep safe. And, keep hope alive.

GreGG Truman
General Manager
North America

04/30/2020
Kyiv Murals Tour. A walk in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Travel to Ukraine! JC Travel Ukraine

We invite you to an exciting walk through Kyiv streets. Let’s talk about art, dreams and those who prove that impossible is nothing. Meet our tour guide Asya...

Ukraine’s hottest music artists are teaming up in a series of online shows that aim to raise Hr 18 million ($667,300) to...
04/30/2020
Ukrainian artists to raise money for ventilators with online music shows | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

Ukraine’s hottest music artists are teaming up in a series of online shows that aim to raise Hr 18 million ($667,300) to buy 24 ventilators, one for each Ukrainian oblast. Their end goal is to save lives amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ukraine’s hottest music artists are teaming up in a series of online shows that aim to raise Hr 18 million ($667,300) to buy 24 ventilators, one for each Ukrainian oblast. Their end goal is to save lives amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. As of April 30, there have been 10,406 confirmed cases of...

Ukraine's tourism industry will primarily focus on the domestic market after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, Head of...
04/30/2020
Coronavirus lockdown to reorient tourism industry to domestic market – Oleskiv

Ukraine's tourism industry will primarily focus on the domestic market after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, Head of the State Agency for Tourism Development Mariana Oleskiv has said.

Ukraine's tourism industry will primarily focus on the domestic market after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, Head of the State Agency for Tourism Development Mariana Oleskiv has said. — Ukrinform.

Forest enterprises have already planted more than 3.5 million trees in mountainous areas of the Ukrainian Carpathians th...
04/29/2020
More than 3.5 mln trees planted in mountainous areas of Ukrainian Carpathians

Forest enterprises have already planted more than 3.5 million trees in mountainous areas of the Ukrainian Carpathians this year, according to the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine.

Forest enterprises have already planted more than 3.5 million trees in mountainous areas of the Ukrainian Carpathians this year, according to the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

If you have a longing for journeys that are unlikely to happen this year or you wish to explore Ukrainian culture or jus...
04/28/2020
Travel to Ukraine online — a tourist guide for quarantine times

If you have a longing for journeys that are unlikely to happen this year or you wish to explore Ukrainian culture or just relax and enjoy something interesting, here is a guide with useful links. Not only concerts, spectacles, and operas but also many virtual tours are now available online. The latter include open-air museums of ethnic villages and wooden churches, 3D tours in Ukrainian cities, the possibility to walk in Baturyn, the 17th century Kozak capital of Ukraine, exhibitions about Ukraine, and also a wide range of ordinary museums that have been digitized.

Authentic Ukraine — the most comprehensive digital project about Ukraine Authentic Ukraine, without any doubt, is the most professional and comprehensive digital project about Ukraine. We have already written about it: Read more: Explore Ukrainian traditional culture with interactive site “Authe...

Promoting Ukrainian culture globally.  Check out the annual report of the Kyiv-based Ukrainian Institute.  (In Ukrainian...
04/23/2020
Річний звіт 2019

Promoting Ukrainian culture globally. Check out the annual report of the Kyiv-based Ukrainian Institute. (In Ukrainian).

Річний звіт 2019 Українського інституту

Vogue has published the article about Ukrainian artist Hanne Zaruma from Lviv who creates unusual accessories from retro...
04/23/2020
Vogue writes about Ukrainian artist who creates accessories from old gadgets

Vogue has published the article about Ukrainian artist Hanne Zaruma from Lviv who creates unusual accessories from retro computers and discarded flip phones.

Vogue has published the article about Ukrainian artist Hanne Zaruma from Lviv who creates unusual accessories from retro computers and discarded flip phones. — Ukrinform.

For Easter, Ukrainians make pysanky – Easter eggs decorated in the batik method. It’s a tradition that goes back to anci...
04/22/2020
How to make your own Ukrainian pysanka Easter egg

For Easter, Ukrainians make pysanky – Easter eggs decorated in the batik method. It’s a tradition that goes back to ancient times and is found in many Eastern European nations. In Ukraine, it’s so popular that there is even a pysanka museum in the city of Kolomyia.

For Easter, Ukrainians make pysanky – Easter eggs decorated in the batik method. It’s a tradition that goes back to ancient times and is found in many Eastern European nations. In Ukraine, it’s so popular that there is even a pysanka museum in the city of Kolomyia. Like many other Ukrainian tr...

Haiivky: a Revived Ancient Tradition of Celebrating Spring and Easter Brings People TogetherBy Oksana Sukhina, U.S.-Ukra...
04/21/2020

Haiivky: a Revived Ancient Tradition of Celebrating Spring and Easter Brings People Together

By Oksana Sukhina, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation

Presently disrupted by COVID-19 quarantine, a special way of joyous celebration of the biggest Christian holiday, Easter, had been gaining popularity among Ukrainians in the recent years.

After the morning church service, blessing of Easter bread – babka or paska - and a special lunch with family many have been gathering together for singing and dancing – or at least watching others doing it - in the open air.

The word “haiivky”, a derivative of “hai” meaning “grove”, stands for both a kind of Easter-season songs and a type of fun celebration with singing, dancing and games in the open air during the period between Easter and the Holy Trinity Day.

In the 20th century, haiivky were most popular in Galicia, Western Ukraine, where elders can still recall times of their childhood or youth when on the Easter afternoon and during two next days on which celebration continued and no working was allowed, crowds gathered near the local church, by a grove or meadow to dance, sing and play until the dark. Each area had its own traditional games and fun activities that also varied for children, young people, seniors, boys and girls.

By contrast from the luckier Christmas traditions - caroling, “vertep” - Nativity skit play, manger scene decorations, special 12 dishes meal including “kutia” - that survived through the Soviet times oppression, haiivky were almost lost before Ukraine’s independence reinstating in 1991. However, in mid-2000s, the efforts of ethnography specialists and church enthusiasts started bringing fruit as more and more local communities were picking up and spreading this fun Easter tradition.

There is no one recipe or script. Younger children, of course will be playing active games with running, jumping and chasing each other; teenage girls singing and dancing in circles or going roundelays; men and women competing in lines against each other or dancing in pairs; while seniors would naturally enjoy slower dances or simply watching.

Musical themes of haiivky vary from rejoicing Easter, wishing blessings and good harvest, welcoming spring and the sun, featuring blooming flowers, birds and animals – nightingale, cuckoo bird, bunny, beetle, etc, - to complimenting the spectators and of course praising participants.

Below we found some examples of past years haiivky videos for your enjoyment. Perhaps you may decide to make your own one and invite friends to join and have fun once the quarantine is over and social distancing requirement lifted?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLc6QzgSJAk (1991 in Lviv)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NufSuLR-D2E (2014 Kyiv, RFE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q62eB_0Ot0 (2014 in a village)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ce4FbuzoIo (2015 students in Lviv)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2hWOeTpdoE (2017 girls in Chortkiv)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WZBeB8usA (2017 school teens)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=que4p9j7vXY (2015 Tsarivna game)

In many countries, Ukraine included, art lovers and creative persons have launched a flash mob called #isolation. They r...
04/16/2020
Residents of Odesa in covid-19 confinement recreate living copies of famous art masterpieces

In many countries, Ukraine included, art lovers and creative persons have launched a flash mob called #isolation. They recreate famous paintings, sculptures and even posters at home, using everything at hand: flour, towels, cosmetics, kitchen utensils, etc., and involving family members. Several prominent Odesites have joined the flash mob and posted their creations on social media.

One of the first to join was psychotherapist Anna Tarova, who posted a whole series of famous works of art. The Absinthe Drinker by Pablo Picasso, 1901. Twin Peaks, morning of February 23, 1989 – the legendary image from the iconic film directed by David Lynch. Self-Portrait with Palette by Pablo ...

Ukrainian open-air online museums
04/15/2020
Ukrainian open-air museums

Ukrainian open-air online museums

Welcome to the virtual tour of Ukrainian open-air museums. Seven authentic open-air museums are presented to your attention, each of them is a virtual journey, where you can travel back into the past and get acquainted with Ukrainian culture and way of life.

As a result of Ukraine’s cancellation of all public events due to the coronavirus quarantine, documentary film festival ...
04/14/2020
Quarantine Pushes Human Rights Documentary Event to Become Ukraine's First Online Film Festival

As a result of Ukraine’s cancellation of all public events due to the coronavirus quarantine, documentary film festival Docudays UA will be held entirely online for the first time in its 17-year history. This will make it Ukraine's first online film festival.

As a result of Ukraine’s cancellation of all public events due to the coronavirus quarantine, documentary film festival Docudays UA will be held entirely online for the first time in its 17-year history.

This is the second week that Kyiv residents are living under quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. On March 25, th...
04/09/2020
Life Slows, But Doesn’t Freeze: Kyiv Under Quarantine in Photos

This is the second week that Kyiv residents are living under quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. On March 25, the Ukrainian government announced an emergency situation throughout the country, and extended the quarantine for an additional thirty days – until April 24. Pedestrians and tourists on the capital’s streets have become a rare sight, while law enforcement officers have multiplied, due to increased patrol routes.

This is the second week that Kyiv residents are living under a quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. On March 25, the Ukrainian government announced an emergency situation throughout the country, and extended the quarantine for an additional thirty days – until April 24.

An interactive exhibition-trip around Ukraine and with Ukraine as a companion.
04/08/2020
Ukraine WOW

An interactive exhibition-trip around Ukraine and with Ukraine as a companion.

An interactive exhibition-trip around Ukraine and with Ukraine as a companion | Ukraine WOW

A certainly priceless, often breathtaking, collection of Ukrainian cultural and historic artifacts – probably the larges...
04/07/2020
A treasure trove of Ukrainian history and culture in Connecticut | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

A certainly priceless, often breathtaking, collection of Ukrainian cultural and historic artifacts – probably the largest outside Ukraine – is housed in an imposing 19th-century mansion in a city of just 130,000 people in the U.S. state of Connecticut.

STAMFORD, Connecticut — A certainly priceless, often breathtaking, collection of Ukrainian cultural and historic artifacts – probably the largest outside Ukraine – is housed in an imposing 19th-century mansion in a city of just 130,000 people in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Recently the Kyiv...

Prominent Ukrainian scientist and professor Ivan Vakarchuk has died, his son, the politician and musician Sviatoslav Vak...
04/07/2020
'Hero of Ukraine' scientist Ivan Vakarchuk dies at 73 | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

Prominent Ukrainian scientist and professor Ivan Vakarchuk has died, his son, the politician and musician Sviatoslav Vakarchuk said on April 4. He was 73.

Prominent Ukrainian scientist and professor Ivan Vakarchuk has died, his son, the politician and musician Sviatoslav Vakarchuk said on April 4. He was 73. The cause of death was not disclosed, but the press service of the Voice political party, founded by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk Jr., stated that his fa...

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