Keep in mind some of these advices while visiting Ukraine:
- When visiting someone in Ukraine it is traditional to bring a gift with you, a bottle of wine, a dessert, a chocolate, or a bouquet of flowers would be a good choice, but a present that will remind them about your hometown would be considerably appreciated by your hosts.
- If you bring flowers, make sure the number of flowers is uneven. Even numbers of flowers are for funerals.
- If there are children in the house bring some small gifts for them.
- When eating at someoneís house, dress casually unless otherwise specified.
- Be prepared to accept all food and drink offered when visiting someone. Turning down food could be seen as rude. Usually food prepared at home is delicious.
- Ukrainian do not wear shoes in their home, so be prepared to leave your footwear at the door when you enter a home, you will be offered a pair of home slippers, if not, it's normal to enter the room without shoes.
- At the entrance hall of upscale restaurants and theatres, your bag, briefcase or coat could be checked for security reasons.
- Shaking hands over a threshold of a door is considered really bad luck.
- Take your gloves off your when shaking hands, never shake hands with gloves on.
- Whistling is typically considered bad luck; some consider it will "blow your money away."
- Men should offer oneís hand to a woman out of transport, pour her drinks, light her cigarettes, etc.
- Do not forget to offer a womanís coat upon leaving a theatre or restaurant.
- Upon entering a Ukrainian church, men should not forget to take off their hats and women should wear scarves or hats. Don't wear shorts and a t-shirt.
- On public transportation, give up your seat to mothers with children, the elderly, or the infirm.
- Toasting is a very important in Ukraine, guests are usually asked to give a toast at dinner, be ready to say something nice about yours hosts.
- Donít clink glasses in a toast if you arenít drinking alcohol.
- Smoking is common in Ukraine; offer to share your cigarettes with those around you.
- Donít leave an empty bottle on a table. Itís considered bad luck.
- People in Ukraine is very sincere, it is quite tolerable to ask very personal questions about your life, earnings, and relations.
- For business situations, dress should be conservative.
- Business meetings habitually begin with a friendly alcoholic drink, which would be considered rude to decline.
- Donít stand with your hands in your pockets.
- Never confuse Ukrainians with Russians, Ukraine is an independent nation.
- Ask permission before photographing someone.