Ukraine travel guide



Ukraine Travel Guide

Ukraine Cultural Norms

Ukraine cultural norms donít differ too much from Western standards; however, every nation is unique.

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.

Business Hours:

Ukrainian offices are generally open from 9 a.m. Ė 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. Ė 6 p.m. A lunch break is taken between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays. Although many offices remain open without breaks. Shops are frequently open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Ukrainian Tips:

Tipping used to be non-existent, now is fairly common, it will help you in getting a dining experience more pleasurable, you can expect to tip between 10 Ė 15 %. Sometimes it is automatically included in the bill; check your receipt to make sure that a service charge was included or not.

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