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TIPS: Exchanging currency in Ukraine, what you should know

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My services - http://ukrainianspace.com/services-2/ Contact me: Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/in/olga-rezn... Page of my blog in FB - https://www.facebook.com/ukrainianspace/ My personal FB page - https://www.facebook.com/olga.rezniko... Reznikova Assistance - https://www.facebook.com/reznikovaass... Instagram - @olgareznikova Twitter - https://twitter.com/ukrainianspace For business correspondence - [email protected] First thing which you should do after arrive to Ukraine - it’s exchange money to local currency of course. Official currency in Ukraine is hryvnia (UAH), and you can pay for things only in local currency. Make some money exchange in airport. Everybody think that in airport is very bad exchange rate and you should wait till you will come to city and exchange money. But it’s not totally true. Just when you get out of gate in KBP airport, you will see the first exchange office, and yes, pass it and go farther, to two bank offices. They has good exchange rate, so you can use them. Take preferably USD, EUR or GBP with you. You can find currency exchange almost everywhere, but at the same time most of exchange offices accept USD, EUR, GBP. If you have any other currency, try to exchange it in your country to one of those which I mentioned, an you will not have problem with exchanging them. Of course even if you are coming with the most rare currency to Ukraine, you still can exchange it in Exim bank (state export-import bank of Ukraine), but better not to have this headache. Don’t exchange big amount for one time. If you are going to pay for most of things by credit card, I suggest you to exchange 100$, and until you will not spend all, don’t exchange more. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Aviation Museum in Kiev: don't miss the visit!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co-OkDVk9zA -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Text Comments (94)
Johan B (2 months ago)
Isn't there any ATM??
j freed (4 months ago)
This is a great video, thank you. Also, if a restaurant that advertises credit cards later refuses a credit card payment to try and force you to pay cash, they are technically in default and can't make you pay. No idea how that works with the police over there, it might be a little different.
Awais Khalid (7 months ago)
I love you
Yaroslav Voryk (8 months ago)
I found a credit card card with 0% foreign transaction fee and 5% cash back it's called Discover it, in the US I can use it anywhere, but what about Ukraine? Do they accept Discover, or just Visa and Mastercard ?
Max Minenko (4 months ago)
Just stick with Visa/Mastercard.
Sona Matta (8 months ago)
Do any country's credit card work in ukraine
Yaroslav Voryk (8 months ago)
Sona Matta as long as they are Visa and Mastercard, yes! I think they're accepted anywhere in Europe, but most of them have foreign transaction fee:)
Ahmed Zamgan (9 months ago)
What is the exchange rate from USD $ to Ukrainian currency ?
Ralph Hunter (9 months ago)
tthank you ;)
Kris Scammer Kantu (10 months ago)
To summarize Olga, if I hold any of the following three currencies; USD, EUR, GBP then exchanging for the local currency is not a problem in Kyiv?
Rahul Sharma (1 year ago)
Olga very nice n gentle style of elaboration of various aspects connected with Ukraine n surroundings nay USA middle East. I like it. Brijmohan Sharma father of rahul Sharma
darkvamp1969 (1 year ago)
you look so cute olga
Jim R Hyde Jr (1 year ago)
An Uber driver, yes Uber is very popular in Kyiv, can be scheduled for pick up or drop off from Boryspil International to downtown Kyiv. Morning rates are always lower. My fare on March 17, 2018 from Independence Square in Downtown Kyiv to BSP airport was 420 uah, or approx. $20. I recommend bring $100 US dollars with you, then Moneygram yourself extra money as needed. Bring more if you have not already schedulded living arrangements. Metro Card with 10 journeys is around 60 uah, $2.25. All Metro stations have signs in English. Very affordable means on transportation.
Jim R Hyde Jr (1 year ago)
If you bring American dollars with you, make sure there is no writing on the bills. They will not exchange it!!! Also, shop around for a good bank to exchange you currency. Not all have the same rates!!!
Max Minenko (4 months ago)
BS. Banks will accept them, no problem.
Rahul Sharma (1 year ago)
Olga really praiseworthy touching n full of heavenly bestowed pack of gift human being multifaceted qualities in one Angel doll daughterly figure. Gentle amongst gentle Ukrainian From brijmohan Sharma father of rahul Sharma following u.
gary K (1 year ago)
After long experience living, working and traveling to Ukraine, my advice on currency exchange in 2017? DON'T! Use your credit card/debit card to withdraw Hryvnya as needed from ATMs. Many (if not most) in Ukraine charge no fee. Your bank in the US may charge a small fee, but far less than any currency exchange. Use your credit cards/debit cards for purchases. Most places in Ukraine now accept credit cards/debit cards (it wasn't so much the case 10-12 years ago) and your cards will always give you the current official exchange rate. It is best to get some local currency for small expenses, markets, Bahbushkas selling tasty baked goods on the street markets, etc., but for most expenses, just use your credit cards. If you MUST exchange cash, the exchanges prefer $100 bills, newest production and with NO marks or damage. They can get pretty picky. Enjoy. Oh...and get a variety of denominations. Cab drivers in particular love to say they have no change for 200 UAH note, etc. LOL And the little buses (martshukas) need small denomination money for fares. They have change, but the drivers don't want to make change for a 200 or 500 note for a 3 or 5 UAH fare.
shagwellington (1 year ago)
That is a beautiful shirt. It brings out your outstanding beauty.
Have you stopped talking?
Anyway what was i talking about?
Polysoon Palichuk (1 year ago)
Ольга попросту ідея, але чому б не зробити відео про цивілізацію Аратти, вони є нашими предкаим, будь класним відом, попросту думка
ImperialJohn (1 year ago)
I love your videos Olga. You're doing more for Ukraine than the entire tourist board. I think the only way you could make your videos better is maybe with a good microphone.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
Thanks! Actually I am using mic here also. but i will search for something better)
GrandAdan (1 year ago)
Good and useful video!
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Jairo p.martinez (1 year ago)
Visitare Rusia-2018----olga-me guías--
erwan benzerra (1 year ago)
i want to use all my securities and to impout the cashe in the ukrain companies for to buy desk and pensilcase and secretary soutcase .
Raj Gupta (1 year ago)
Hi Olga will u you tell me is myrussianmatch is true or fake web site
I asked a question on another video but you answered it here, thank you.
Razeev (1 year ago)
Olga do you know Ukraine TV show "Snowdrop" ?
17ERiCK11 (1 year ago)
You are awesome! Thank you!
Jason S (1 year ago)
Actually at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle, Wa USA i can.😀
Polysoon Palichuk (1 year ago)
finaly vyshyvanka shirt
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
hehe, thanks)
How are things going there anyway?
if i marry a rich women will her money convert to foreign currency.Sorry i dont have anything to convert.I see you have relationship counselling i meet women who seem too or like too scam me.One talked of owning seventeen boats as investment.
Mal Martin (1 year ago)
Ron Hinds (1 year ago)
Thanks for another great video Olga! How much American dollars can one bring into Ukraine? Do you have to declare it at customs?
Max Minenko (4 months ago)
You can freely bring money if it doesn't exceed $10,000. If your cash-in-hand is more than $1,000, the sum must be declared in writing.
Ron Hinds (1 year ago)
Thank you! Can you get cash with the credit card at the airport?
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
You can take any amount in credit card, not in cash.
Jason S (1 year ago)
Wouldn't it be easier to use exchange in the country you are coming from?
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
I don't think you can exchange money in your country to UAH.
Elipha Andre (1 year ago)
Thanks for tips
xikqulli (1 year ago)
No Name (1 year ago)
Olga, do the Jews make the money in Ukraine or do the Slavic people?
Max Minenko (4 months ago)
All smart people do, so you Ukraine is not for you.
Yaroslav Voryk (8 months ago)
No Name What do you mean? I'm not trying to be mean to you, but why do u care who makes money in Ukraine ? We all work together...
Polysoon Palichuk (1 year ago)
Slavic people do
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
I have no idea
Daniel Bengtsson (1 year ago)
I changed to quite a lot of Euros in Sweden, before I went to Kyiv. Then In Kyiv I changed a little of the Euros to Hryvnas and later a little more. Before I went home I kept some of the Hryvnas as a souvenir.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
good way!
literallycaneven (1 year ago)
Hey Olya hru? How do I exchange my american gf for a ukrainian gf? She is never satisfied with gifts and only knows how to eat takeout.
gary K (1 year ago)
Simon and Garfunkel covered that in "50 ways to leave your lover" Choose one. I am married to a Ukrainian woman, so not interested.
literallycaneven (1 year ago)
subtle humor that you obviously missed! Olya got my joke.
Olivia Krywulak (1 year ago)
omg what kinda question is that?
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
Every man choose his girl for himself, so you can not complain. It was your choice.
Mr Krabs in Mall (1 year ago)
Is the hryvnya used in Crimea and on east Ukraine (Lugansk,Donetsk...) I ask beacause war in this cities
Luna Cloud (1 year ago)
Also from personal experience dont take Russian rubles in Ukraine or at least in Kyiv, I got a bad exchange rate from Rubles to Hryvnia
That's cool 😎 if you have cash 💰 you can find anywhere or I use some time my 💳 or some time cash 💰 !!!😊
MRG ENT PLC (1 year ago)
*Dear Olga* - I just wanted to give you a shout out. *India+USA❤️Olga*
j freed (4 months ago)
MRG ENT PLC - well countries and governments are at war, not the common people. When Henry Rollins walked around Islamabad, the locals were very cool. They were of course stunned asking 'what are you doing here?'and he said *he was there to to meet them,* of course meaning them as individuals & not caring about the US political propaganda that tells us to fear all these 'hot list' countries (Iran same thing, only the government are bastards.) So here he was, a rare sight there and unafraid of the people of Pakistan - they thanked him for not judging their whole country and for coming there. *You have to go if you want to know.* And for fun, google 'what country is greatest threat to world peace.'
VoltaireG (1 year ago)
xikqulli Pakistan is terroristan. Ask anyone in the world....she/he will tell you. Even Ukraine allows visa on arrival for Indians but citizens of terroristan porkis are denied visa to Ukraine.
eZ squeeZe (1 year ago)
True, Pakistan is Terroristan
MRG ENT PLC (1 year ago)
faraz jeelani Pakistan = *Terroristan* The biggest terrorist in the world ( *OSAMA BIN LADEN* ) was sheltered by Porki Army less than 1 KM from the largest Army base in Pak oops *Terroristan* . Pakistan is *Terroristan* !!
faraz jeelani (1 year ago)
MRG ENT PLC India USA ogla all are naturally different with each other respect from Pakistan
Hilmi Robert (1 year ago)
hi olga i am from turkey do you think do i need pasport to come ukreyn
Hilmi Robert (1 year ago)
+Olga Reznikova i see in internet just id is ok
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
everybody need passport to cross the border
Very useful video or UAH Гривна .What about a video showing what Гривна looks like.? I say this as historical people on money and avoiding fake notes by doing security features. I recommend exchanging at banks only as Travelex is a bandit and cab drivers can give counterfeits.
Yaroslav Voryk (8 months ago)
I'm sure Mr. Google has plenty of pictures of Ukrainian Hryvnia:)
Ron Hinds It must be a older one My favorite notes are new 500 and 200 Hriyvna
Ron Hinds (1 year ago)
Olga already has a video on what Гривня look like. She shows each of the different denominations. Search on her channel you will find it.
Erik Underland (1 year ago)
That is good to know.
Erik Busschots (1 year ago)
When i was in Ukraine and in Russia i always did use a bank to change my euro's in local currency. Exchange offices like Travelex or so takes a certain fee and also do not use the official exchange rates.
j freed (4 months ago)
That's right, they not only flip the money two ways several times a week they also give themselves way too much margin AND the flat fees on top, basically doubling their money several times in a short period with almost no risk of ever losing money. They deserve our hate,
Erik Busschots (1 year ago)
Indeed, that is what i am saying ;)
Erik Busschots Travelex and others are legal thieves. I used Travelex and I received horrible Euro to pound exchange.
Gaudente (1 year ago)
actually 1 year ago the exchange office at the airport changed at a honest rate (only problem it is closed until 9 a.m. so if you arrive at night you are screwed !) , ATM usually don't work and my Thai bank even blocked my card thinking it had been cloned . I don't recall any bank in the airport , have they opened recently ? This year I had a little cash left from previous trip so did not change at the airport.
Westlife Evripidou (1 year ago)
one important thing is that some banks in ukraine work 24/7 with actual person inside to change you money something that doesnt happen to my country maybe its a common thing
Westlife Evripidou (1 year ago)
Olga Reznikova in nikolaev and in Odessa we exchange money in a bank in 2 o clock in the night that I arrive in Odessa airport and I didn't have krivna with me my friend took me to a bank and exchange from evro to krivna but this was 3 years ago
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
no banks work 24/7
American Cash, Is very easy. If you use your bank card there is a currency exchange fee, I Used 2 bank cards and both 3%, Now if you draw Cash from a Machine it will be more, I like to take cash, Say you have a friend that helps you. You can tip American!!! The people in Ukraine dont expect to be tipped, But as you should always try to get them to except, Its the the right thing to do. Peace Out , Belus
Mark Whitmore (1 year ago)
My fiance works for a bank in Dnipro and exchanges money from foreigners all day. It's a great time to visit Ukraine now since the US dollar is strong. Right now, $1 US dollar is $26.7091 hryvnia. I'll be back to Dnipro in November, I wonder if the rate will be the same?
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
hehe, the rate is changing every day))
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Jefri Marbun (1 year ago)
brand new olga incoming
samsam11 jedjed11 (1 year ago)
hi  Olga  how  are  you
Eko Wahono (1 year ago)
I used to use visa or master card for transaction
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
good, but sometimes you need to have a cash)
Pat Poligan (1 year ago)
Pat Poligan (1 year ago)
Hey, you have to post on top level and plz check your words.
monir hossain (1 year ago)
I am bangladeshi I have now riyadh saudi arabiaa how can I come ukrine what pepar need for visit ukrarine please tell me??

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