Entry in Ukrine

You will require an International Driving Permit in order to traveling in Ukraine (IDP). It was on the 17th of July in the separatist-controlled section of Donetsk province that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down.

The investigation into the accident is still ongoing.

Due to an ongoing armed conflict in the region, it is not recommended that you visit to this location.

If you go to the crash scene against our warning, do not touch or take anything that has anything to do with the crash or its aftermath.

Permit to operate a motor vehicle

Before you leave Australia, be sure you have your IDP.

When driving, you must have the following items with you:

Original registration documents for the car

Documents pertaining to ownership and insurance

You’ll be required to provide these at border crossings and if you’re stopped by the authorities.

This comprises automobiles rented on a short-term basis.

If you are pulled over and do not have these documents, the police may confiscate your car and charge you.

Traveling in Ukraine by road

Driving in Ukraine may be quite hazardous.

Among the dangers are:

roadways that are inadequately illuminated and maintained
drivers that are aggressive or speeding
Drivers who break the laws of the road, intoxicated drivers, and dangerous automobiles on rural roads

Parking on pathways is a regular occurrence.

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration more than 0.0 percent is prohibited.

Before you get behind the wheel in Ukraine, double-check that your travel insurance protects you.

Do not expect vehicles to stop in your path or to adhere to traffic laws.


Use official taxis or ride-sharing services like Uber or Uklon.

Before getting inside the cab, come to an agreement on the fare.

Keep an eye out for taxi drivers at airports and tourist destinations. It is possible that they will charge you extra.


Before you go on a motorbike, double-check that your travel insurance protects you.

Always be sure you wear a helmet.

Public transportation is available.

Buses may be quite packed, particularly during peak commuting hours and on public holidays.

It is possible that they will not fulfil safety regulations.

Traveling in Ukraine by train

Keep an eye on your stuff when riding the train.

Accepting responsibility for someone else’s luggage or storing it in your cabin is not acceptable.

Traveling in Ukraine by air is a popular option.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) does not offer information on the safety of specific commercial airlines or flight patterns.

Check the Aviation Safety Network’s profile of Ukraine aviation safety to see how it compares.