ⓘ Tourism in Ukraine


Sex tourism in Ukraine

Sex tourism in Ukraine is visiting the country for the purposes of sexual activity. It is on rise as the country attracts many foreign visitors. The main reason for the situation stem from the combined effect of various factors. Currently, in Ukraine, the effect is constituted by a high level of the population poverty and its feminization, limited options for social mobility and very active system of organized crime. The majority of the Ukrainian sex industry exists underground and prospers due to poor law enforcement and widespread corruption. Despite making the criminal penalties for hum ...

Tourism in Ukraine

ⓘ Tourism in Ukraine

Ukraine used to attract more than 20 million foreign citizens every year. But since 2014 this has lowered to about 10 million. Visitors primarily come from Eastern Europe, but also from Western Europe as well as Turkey and Israel.

Ukraine is a destination on the crossroads between central and eastern Europe, between north and south. It borders Russia and is not far from Turkey. It has mountain ranges – the Carpathian Mountains suitable for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting. The coastline on the Black Sea is a popular summer destination for vacationers. Ukraine has vineyards where they produce native wines, ruins of ancient castles, historical parks, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches as well as a few mosques and synagogues. Kiev, the countrys capital city has many unique structures such as Saint Sophia Cathedral and broad boulevards. There are other cities well known to tourists, such as the harbour town Odesa and the old city of Lviv in the west. Most of Western Ukraine, which used to be within the borders of the Republic of Poland before World War II, is a popular destination for Poles. Crimea, a little "continent" of its own, had been a popular vacation destination for tourists for swimming or sun tanning on the Black Sea with its warm climate, rugged mountains, plateaus and ancient ruins, though the tourist trade has been severely affected by Russias occupation and annexation of the territory in 2014. Cities there include: Sevastopol and Yalta – location of the peace conference at the end of World War II. Visitors can also take cruise tours by ship on the Dnieper River from Kiev to the Black Sea coastline. Ukrainian cuisine has a long history and offers a wide variety of original dishes.

The countrys tourism industry is generally considered to be underdeveloped, but it does provide crucial support for Ukraines economy. Ukraine does have certain advantages, including much lower costs than other European destinations, as well as visa-free access for most people from Europe, the former Soviet Union, and North America. Since 2005 citizens of European Union and EFTA, United States, Canada, Japan and South Korea no longer require a visa to visit Ukraine for tourism purposes. Also, no visa has been required for citizens of Russia, and other CIS countries except Turkmenistan.


1.1. Popular tourist city destinations Central Ukraine

Main cities

  • Chernihiv – ancient city of Kievan Rus, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, has lots of Medieval architecture. Some of the oldest human settlements in Europe have also been discovered in the area.
  • Sumy – citys history started in the mid-17th century.
  • Vinnytsia – the largest city in the historic region of Podillia. In Vinnytsia there is the largest floating fountain in Europe, built in the river Southern Bug near Festivalny Isle.
  • Pereiaslav – "living museum", one of the biggest History and Ethnography Reserve in Ukraine. There are over 20 different museums, city hosts various exhibition and fairs.
  • Kiev – The historical capital of Kievan Rus and modern Ukraine on the river Dnipro. Ancient churches, broad boulevards, beautiful landscapes and a variety of cultural facilities make it fascinating destination.

1.2. Popular tourist city destinations Western Ukraine

  • Ivano-Frankivsk – western Ukrainian city that was recognized as the best city to live in Ukraine.
  • Uzhhorod – the capital of Transcarpathia, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, attracts tourists because its location close to the Carpathian Mountains.
  • Chernivtsi – the capital of Bukovina offers Balkan atmosphere and fine classical Habsburg architecture in Central-European style, as it was part of Austrian empire prior to 1918.
  • Lviv – old city in the west of country, with its medieval old town and unique architecture with Polish and Austrian influences. The top tourist destination in Ukraine, when it comes to architecture and culture.
  • Lutsk
  • Drohobych
  • Ternopil
  • Kamianets-Podilskyi
  • Mukacheve

1.3. Popular tourist city destinations Eastern Ukraine

  • Donetsk
  • Luhansk
  • Sviatohirsk and Bakhmut
  • Kharkiv – citys history started in the mid-17th century, when the Cossacks created the Sloboda settlements; and since then, the city has turned into one of the largest commercial, cultural and educational centers in Ukraine with a population of over 1.7 million people. From December 1919 to June 1934, Kharkiv was the capital of Soviet Ukraine. The Ukrainian cultural renaissance commenced here in the years 1920–1930.

1.4. Popular tourist city destinations Southern Ukraine

  • Zaporizhia – the sixth largest city in Ukraine, famous by Khortytsia island, DniproHES and "Sotsgorod" Socialistic city.
  • Izmail – a historic town near the Danube river in the Odessa Oblast province of south-western Ukraine.
  • Sevastopol currently under administration of the Russian Federation
  • Crimean Southern Coast Crimean Riviera - a coastline of Yalta and Alushta municipalities currently under administration of the Russian Federation
  • Odesa – a harbor city on the Black Sea with a mixture of different cultures, including Jewish, Armenian, German, Russian and Greek cultures along with the native Ukrainian culture. Odessa is Black Sea resort and the largest trading center of Ukraine.

2. Landscapes

  • Waterfalls of Ukraine – ecotourism.
  • Sofiyivsky Park, located in Uman, Ukraine.
  • Shatsk lakes – bathing, camping, hiking.
  • Hoverla – the highest mountain of Ukraine. Hiking.
  • Dniester – canoeing, boat sailing.
  • Azov coast – bathing resorts.
  • Dnieper – cruises.
  • Carpathian Mountains – impressive mountain landscapes with skiing and hiking possibilities, spas with cold and hot springs. Ski resorts include Bukovel, Slavske, Verkhovyna, Vorokhta.

2.1. Landscapes Seven Wonders of Ukraine

The Seven Wonders of Ukraine are the seven historical and cultural monuments of Ukraine, which were chosen in the Seven Wonders of Ukraine contest held in July 2007.

  • Saint Sophias Cathedral, Kiev
  • Kamianets-Podilskyi Historical Complex in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast
  • Sofiyivsky Park in Uman, Cherkasy Oblast
  • Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery of the Caves
  • Khortytsia in Zaporizhia, Zaporizhia Oblast
  • Chersonesos in Sevastopol
  • Khotyn Fortress in Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast

2.2. Landscapes Seven natural wonders of Ukraine

Winners of all Ukraine competition Seven natural wonders of Ukraine:

  • Marble Cave Crimea
  • Granite-steppe lands of Buh in Mykolaiv Oblast
  • Lake Synevyr near village of Synevyrska Poliana in Carpathian Mountains
  • Tovtry Podillian Banks in Khmelnytskyi Oblast
  • Dniester Canyon, Dnister
  • Lake Svitiaz part of a group of lakes near Shatsk, Volyn Oblast
  • Askania-Nova near Askania-Nova, Kherson Oblast

2.3. Landscapes Recognized World Heritage sites

  • Lviv city historic centre mainly Old Town
  • Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans Chernivtsi
  • Segments of the Struve Geodetic Arc
  • Kiev Pechersk Lavra Kiev Caves Monastery and Saint Sophias Cathedral
  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests in Ukrainian Carpathians
  • Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region
  • Ruins of Chersonesus in Sevastopol

3. Medical tourism

Lately many modern dental clinics with high quality dentistry equipment and high quality materials have been established in Ukraine. They provide patients with high quality dentistry services for prices much cheaper in comparison with Western and Russian clinics. Many tourists from United States, European Union and Russia arrive for dental services, providing a sort of dental tourism.

Other popular sorts of medical tourism in Ukraine are soas, eye and plastic surgery, and mud baths.

Truskavets and Myrhorod are well known for their mineral springs.


4. Events

Festival culture

In recent years a variety of festivals emerged in major Ukrainian cities. Among the most popular are international jazz festival in Lviv, street food festival in Kiev, various summer festivals in Odessa - a popular tourist destination in summer. Many of these festivals take place in former industrial buildings of the Soviet era and are thus helping to rejuvenate these areas.


5. Governing body of tourist industry and its chairs

  • 1974–89 Viktor Dobrotvor
  • Main Directorate of Foreign Tourism at the Government of the Ukrainian SSR and part of the Soviet Goskominturist
  • 1964–74 Yosyp Zatyahan
  • 1989–93 Volodymyr Skrynnyk
  • Ukrintur Association
  • State Committee of Ukraine on tourism
  • 1997–98 Anatoliy Kasianenko
  • 1998–2000 Valeriy Tsybukh
  • 1993–96 Volodymyr Skrynnyk
  • State Department of Tourism State Committee of Youth Policy, Sport and Tourism
  • 2001–02 Anatoliy Matviyenko
  • State Tourist Administration of Ukraine
  • 2002–05 Valeriy Tsybukh
  • 2005–06 Ihor Prystavskyi
  • 2006–10 Anatoliy Pakhlya
  • State Service of Tourism and Resorts Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • 2011–14 Olena Shapovalova
  • State Agency of Ukraine on Tourism and Resorts Ministry of Infrastructure
  • 2016–17 Ivan Liptuha
  • 2018–present Oksana Serdyuk
  • Department Directorate of Tourism and Resorts Ministry of Economic Development and Trade


6. Foreign travel statistics

Most visitors arriving to Ukraine were from the following countries of nationality:

Number of foreign citizens visiting Ukraine from 2014, excluding Crimea

Statistics are based on data from the State Statistics Agency of Ukraine.

  • 2006: 18.9 million
  • 2008: 25.4 million
  • 2004: 15.6 million
  • 2010: 21.2 million
  • 2012: 23.0 million
  • 2011: 21.4 million
  • 2013: 24.7 million
  • 2014: 12.7 million
  • 2000: 6.4 million
  • 2016: 13.3 million
  • 2002: 10.5 million
  • 2007: 23.1 million
  • 2017: 14.2 million
  • 2005: 17.6 million
  • 2003: 12.5 million
  • 2009: 20.8 million
  • 2015: 12.4 million
  • 2001: 9.2 million
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