Kiev (also known as Kyiv) is the capital of Ukraine. With a population of over 2.8 million people, it is the most populous city in the country as well as the 7th most populous city in Europe. The city serves as an important industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural center in Eastern Europe. Kiev is also a significant medical tourism destination thanks to its wide range of medical treatments, no waiting list, experienced medical professionals, and world-class medical centers. The strongest factor of Kiev popularity among medical tourists is its affordable treatment that can cost patients significantly less than other European countries. The city also hosts the International Exhibition of Medical and Health Tourism, Spa & Wellness annually. This healthcare travel exhibition allows visitors to get comprehensive information regarding medical tourism around the world, especially in Kiev.
Kiev is steeped in history and packed with golden dome churches. The most popular attraction in the city is Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra, which is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery located on a hill overlooking the Dnipro River. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monastery is historical and sacred due to its underground caves and mummified monks. To get a picturesque view of Kiev, tourists should climb the bell tower of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, which was built to celebrate Price Yaroslav’s victory in protecting the city. For any history buffs, Andriyivsky Uzviz is a perfect place to visit as it is filled with remnants of the past, including museums, theatres, and art galleries.
Boryspil International Airport is located 29km east of Kiev. It is the largest airport in the city that serves international flights to several cities in Asia and Europe. The cheapest way to get around Kiev is by The Kiev Metro, but trolleybuses, trams, and buses are also nice and affordable. Taxis can be an option, although they can get a bit expensive.
Nationals of the European Union, the United States, Canada, and several other countries can visit Ukraine without a visa for up to 90 days. Other nationals, such as China, India, and Thailand, are required to obtain a visa prior to entering Ukraine. 52 specified countries can apply for an e-Visa.
From June to September is summer, with temperatures ranging between 18-25°C and the occasional rain showers. Autumn is short, starting from September to October and the city receives significant rainfall. Winter in Ukraine can be harsh, with an average temperature of around 1.8 to -3.5°C. Spring, from late March to May, will bring warmer temperatures.
- Local Currency: Hryvnia is the official currency of Ukraine. 1 USD converts to 25.2 UAH (September 2019).
- Money & Payments: The safest and easiest option to exchange your money to hryvnia is via ATMs. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and hotels. Tipping is common but not necessary.
- Local Language: Ukrainian is the official language and English is not widely spoken in the city. However, hotel staff and tour guides usually speak some English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Orthodox Christianity is a major religion, followed by Judaism, Buddhism, Paganism, and Hinduism.
- Public holidays: Kiev celebrates major Orthodox holidays, as well as Independence Day, and Constitution Day.