Is It Safe to Travel to Kyiv in 2020?

Reason for concern: the ongoing hostilities in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, which cast a shadow over the entire country. These territories are really dangerous for tourist trips, therefore BEST KYIV GUIDE definitely recommends to refrain from visiting these territories until calmer times.

Just to be clear, there is an ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and yes, Crimea isn’t part of Ukraine anymore. Many tourists are often confused thinking that hostilities take place in Crimea. In reality, it is happening in the historical region in eastern Ukraine, today covering Donetsk and Lugansk provinces.

As for the other regions of Ukraine, you can travel here as calmly as, for example, in Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania and other countries of Eastern Europe. Thus, the answer to the title question is – It is safe to travel to Kyiv in 2020. According to the State Border Service of Ukraine, for the 9 months of 2019, 1 million 550 thousand 300 foreign tourists visited Kyiv, which is 26.6% more than in the same period of 2017. Last year Kyiv also received 2.2 million Ukrainian tourists.

Interesting to know, Kyiv has become one of the most needed places that tourists are suggested to visit in 2020. The travel portal Big 7 Travel has created a ranking of 50 beautiful cities to be visited this decade. The capital of Ukraine took second place. Wow! As a passionate Kiev tour guide, I’m really excited to hear this news!

This wonderfully diverse, culturally rich and exciting country is so much more than you would ever expect. Kyiv’s hip coffee and bar scene are only getting started, so expect a surge in the 2020’s. The city also has historical cathedrals and monuments that pay homage to the nation’s past.
Take a tour of the haunting Chernobyl disaster zone to learn about the nuclear incident, the devastating effects it still has on the community today and discover a snapshot of 1980s Communist life in Ukraine.

If you are worried about the war in Donbas (eastern Ukraine) you have to know that the war zone is located 730 km from Kyiv. Look at the map of Ukraine below. Here you can see the war zone location and the distance to Kyiv and Chernobyl.

We all understand that with the current political situation in Ukraine things can change any moment and before planning a trip I’d recommend checking with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs if there’re any warnings issued. But if you decide to come I can guarantee you won’t regret it! Traveling to Kyiv, Ukraine can be a real offbeat European adventure, like nowhere else.

So plan a visit to Kyiv. It is a beautiful city with an ancient history and rich culture. And believe me, despite all the negative opinions, your perception of Kyiv changes radically as soon as you step into the city. Because what you find is an extremely vivid capital with so much going on. 

Mind that Kyiv is a very big city. Its overall area is 839 km2. Moreover, many things to do, landmarks, as well as bars and restaurants, are scattered all around the city. Thus, visiting Kyiv requires a bit of preparation and planning ahead. If you need to know where to stay in Kyiv for a tourist check my article here – Where to Stay in Kyiv?

Also, it is better to split visiting Kyiv areas day by day. Because there are 3 historically valuable areas of the city: Old Town, Upper Town, Lower Town, and each of them is worth seeing. As an example, you can check any of my Kiev private tours and create your own itinerary if you feel that you do not need to hire Kiev private tour guide. Stay safe and Happy Journeys!

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  1. My dad’s grandfather migrated to New York from here in 1900. He was born 1874, given immigration papers in Ellis Island in 1904. Yosef Lippe

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