If you are going to visit Ukraine, you need to obtain information on the currency which is used throughout the country. In this article you will find some data on the monetary unit of Ukraine.
The monetary unit of Ukraine is the hryvna, which was officially adopted in 1996. You can exchange currency at the banks or currency exchange office anywhere in the city. You can also buy the hryvna at the airport or railway station, but remember that the course there is higher. One hryvna contains one hundred kopecks. At the country there are banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 hryvna in circulation.
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Ukrainian banking sector is already highly developed. In Kiev there are a lot of bank offices and branches. Almost all of them work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and have two weekends on Saturday and Sunday. At the bank you can get a wide range of services, including depositing, getting credits, service in the cash desk of the bank, payments reception etc. The most famous banks in Ukraine are Privat Bank, Aval Bank, UkrSibBank and others.
Credit Cards are convenient tools for payments, especially if you are travelling abroad. In Ukraine, the payments are made both in cash and by credit card, because many shops, restaurants, hotels and other have terminals to enable you to pay with the credit card. For payment you can use such cards as Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard.
If you need to withdraw money from your credit card, you can use one of the ATMs, as there are many of them in Kiev. When using ATMs, be very attentive: check whether it accepts your card, and most importantly, do not forget your PIN. Remember that for a withdrawal of money from the ATM can withdraw the interest from your card, if an ATM is not owned by your bank.
Traveller’s checks, as well as credit cards are tools to make purchases or cash withdrawal, which can be taken on a trip. You needn’t be afraid to lose the check, because even if you do, you will not lose the money. However, in Ukraine not all stores or hotels accept the traveller’s checks, so it is recommended to take them with you only as an alternate means of payment. If you need to cash a traveller’s check, for example Thomas Cook or American Express, you do it almost in any bank.
When visiting Ukraine you may be a need to transfer money abroad. To transfer, you can use one of several systems, such as Western Union, MonyeGram and others. The procedure of sending money is simple: you have to fill out a form, show your passport and give the recipient’s data. The man you transfer the money to, can get them on the same day, regardless in what country he/ she is.
In many restaurants it is appropriate to leave the tip for waiters, but this is optional. If you believe that the service was good, you can leave about 5-10% of the total amount of your order for waiter. In some restaurants charge for services is included in price, and in this case, the tip size can be reduced.