Etiquette

Ukrainians are pretty relaxed about foreigners making the odd faux pas, but there are a few dos and don'ts you should know about to avoid embarrassment.

  • Always remove your shoes when entering someone's house – slippers will be provided.
  • Bring a small gift when invited to someone's home.
  • Saying the odd dobry den (hello), do pobachenya (goodbye) and dyakuju (thanks) goes a long way.
  • Women should cover their heads in Orthodox churches.
  • On public transport, give up your seat to those with children.
  • Avoid declaring constantly how cheap Ukraine is for you – it ain't for most locals.
  • Be wary of talking to strangers about the war with Russia and the occupation of Crimea.