Make sure you are fully insured before heading to Ukraine. Worldwide travel insurance is available at You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.

Private health insurance is an absolute must for Ukraine. If you need to see a doctor, approaching a private medical clinic is vastly preferable to entering the third-world state health system. Neither are free. Brits should be aware that in 2016 the UK government quietly scrapped reciprocal agreements with most former Soviet republics, meaning UK citizens are not covered for emergencies as they once were.

If you’re staying longer than 90 days in the country (and therefore will need a visa), you might also be asked to show you have appropriate health insurance, as decided by the Department of Citizenship, Passport & Immigration.

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