British embassy calls on Champions League final guests to be vigilant, heed political situation
Travel to Ukraine is mostly not accompanied by any problems, but British fans should be aware of the current political situation and take into account a number of other circumstances, the British Embassy in Ukraine has said.
"Most trips to Ukraine are trouble free, however there have been cases of violent attacks on foreign nationals in Kyiv and some of these may have been racially motivated, so take extra care and be vigilant at all times. Be aware of the current political situation (in particular the tension between Ukraine and Russia) and avoid any action that could provoke a hostile reaction," the embassy said in its travel advice.
According to tips, the pavements, even on the main roads, are difficult to negotiate for those with disabilities. Access to public transport is also difficult.
The embassy recommends that British fans use banks and official exchange booths for currency exchange.
"As in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town center, in the stadium and when using public transport; keep valuables and wallet out of sight," British diplomats note.
The embassy said that drinking alcohol is prohibited in public places (except bars, restaurants).
"Local alcoholic drinks are often stronger than in the UK so make allowance for this," the travel advice says.
The British embassy explained that in case of detention British consular officials can visit a detainee at his or her request and hand out the list of English-speaking lawyers if needed.
"But they cannot get you out of prison, represent you in court or pay your bills. If you wish to see a consular official please make this request clear to the local police authorities," diplomats say.
The UEFA Champions League between England's Liverpool and Spain's Real Madrid will be played in Kyiv on May 26.