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Currency, cash

hryvniaThe only legal tender in Ukraine today is hryvnia (UAH) which equales to one hundred kopiykas. Hryvnia has apeared on the 2nd of September, 1996. There are bills for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100, 200, 500 s. Coins are for 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kopiykas.

Hryvnia can be easily converted to any other currency in any authorized bank of Ukraine or in numerous currency exchange offices. Please note that they do not exchange coins in Ukraine, so only banknotes are convertible.

You can withdraw money by numerous cash dispensers (ATMs) too. In Ukraine an ATM will give you money in hryvnias. Note, that Ukrainian keypads have no letters, so in order to withdraw money from ATMs PIN must contain numbers only. One will pay a fee for using ATMs but this fee is considerably lower than that for traveler's checks.

Credit Cards

credit cards in KyivCredit cards are not popular in Ukraine because of Ukrainians mentality. You can use credit carts only major restaurants, stores, hotels and other venues. There are three main credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard. 

So, We recommend you to have some cash at hand in case your credit card won't be accepted. If you have some local store credit cards, it's better to leave them at home.

Tips

Tips is not mandatory but usually expected in restaurants. If you believe that the service was good, you can leave some money for the waiter. Some restaurants put "Service not included" in their menu, and you will have to pay for the service as much as you consider necessary. Tips can be 1 to 10 % of your total bill. Check your bill before paying.

Note, that tips is not expected in fast food restaurants, cafes, and other places where you order your food at a counter.


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