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.
British Embassy Kyiv
9, Desyatynna St
Telephone (+38 044) 490 36 60 (including out of hours assistance)
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