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Travel advice on Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine

The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 9 to 13 May 2017.


Advice for fans travelling to Ukraine for the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv from 9 to 13 May 2017.


  • Semi-final 1: Tuesday 9 May 2017
  • Semi-final 2: Thursday 11 May 2017
  • Grand Final: Saturday 13 May 2017


The International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine.

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Ukraine and travel advice for LGB&T people.

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to enter Ukraine for less than 3 months, but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay

  • you should carry your passport with you for identification purposes

  • always take care of your passport, as getting a replacement is costly and time-consuming. Make sure next of kin details are kept up to date and keep a photocopy separately from the original document, this will help speed up the replacement process if needed

  • if you lose your passport, you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy Kyiv. The service is available within the Embassy working hours

  • take out appropriate travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night; it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties. Note there is no reciprocal healthcare agreement between the UK and Ukraine

On arrival in Ukraine

  • be prepared for increased controls and security checks

  • most trips are trouble free, however, there have been some reports of attacks on foreign nationals and some of these may have been racially motivated, so take extra care and be vigilant at all times

  • although homosexuality isn’t prohibited by law, public attitudes are less tolerant than in the UK and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. There’s no provision under Ukrainian legislation guaranteeing freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation

  • you should be aware of the current political situation (in particular the tension between Ukraine and Russia) and avoid any actions that could provoke reaction from local citizens

  • get information on how to get from Boryspil airport to the city and from Kyiv (Zhulyany) airport to the city centre

  • use official taxis which display the name and telephone number of the taxi company

  • the pavements, even on the main roads, are difficult to negotiate for those with disabilities. Access to public transport is also difficult

  • the official currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). US dollars and Euros are the easiest currency to exchange in Ukraine. Sterling may also be exchanged at a more limited number of sites. Scottish and Northern Irish notes aren’t accepted. Use only official exchange booths and keep the receipt as you may need to produce it if you exchange money back on departure

  • ATMs are available and credit cards are widely used in Kyiv

  • as in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway and bus stations, around tourist areas, the city centre and when using public transport – only carry what you need and keep valuables and cash out of sight or in hotel safety deposits

  • take special care not to leave jackets or bags containing wallets or passports unattended if you’re in a restaurant or a bar

  • be wary of accepting drinks in bars from strangers or people you’ve just met in case they have been spiked

  • drink bottled water; this is readily available from the local shops, hotels etc

  • smoking and drinking alcohol is prohibited in public places; this includes transport, bus stops, underground crossings, cultural, sports and governmental establishments, playgrounds and parks

  • don’t get involved with drugs - the penalties are severe

  • for more information on safety and security visit our travel advice page

Eurovision events venues:

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine.

  • the exhibition centre is located on 15 Brovarskiy Avenue, within 5 minutes walk from the Livoberezhna Metro Station (Red Line M1 Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska)

  • the venue is about 8 km from Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), 12 km from the central railway station, 17 km from Kyiv (Zhulyany) airport and 30 km from Boryspil airport

  • it can take around 30 minutes to get to the exhibition centre from the city centre

  • you can take Metro to get to the venue; the fare is 4 UAH regardless of destination and time spent in the metro. You may pay for your ride by a contactless Mastercard or buy a token from a cashier or automatic exchange machine

The Red Carpet will take place on Sunday 7 May 2017 nearby Mariyinsky Palace (5-A, Hrushevskoho St). All the contestants will be presented for the press, fans and guests.

Eurovision Village is the official festival area on Khreschatyk St in Kyiv. Entry is free for everyone from 4 to 14 May. There will be live performances and entertainments, and big screens showing the semi-finals and final.

Euro Fan Café at the Parkovy Centre again has free entry for everyone. There you will be able to meet other Eurovision fans, greet some of the artists, join quizzes, competitions, performances, and have a drink. At night you can sing there in a karaoke bar.

The Euroclub, also at the Parkovy Centre, is the venue for some special parties, the official after parties and performances by participants, including the Opening Ceremony. This is an area for accredited fans, delegations and press and a pass is required for entry. Other fans will have an opportunity to buy an access pass. The Euroclub is open from 1 to 14 May, 20:00 - 04:00.

Fan zones at St Sofia’s (Sophiiska), St Michael’s (Mykhaylivska) and Troitska squares will be offering entertainments.

Contact the British Embassy Kyiv

British Embassy Kyiv

9, Desyatynna St

01901 Kyiv


Telephone (+38 044) 490 36 60 (including out of hours assistance)

Office hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

For more information please visit British Embassy Kyiv website.

Please note the Embassy is closed on 9 May (local public holiday).

Emergency services numbers

101 – Fire

102 – Police

103 – Ambulance

Further information

Kyiv city:

Published 21 March 2017
Last updated 4 May 2017 + show all updates
  1. updated 4 May 2017
  2. First published.