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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Ukraine. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know about living in Ukraine?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ukraine, they said:

"Do not unless you have enough money to support yourself without working and you like long cold winters, terrible drivers and terrible food," mentioned another expat in Kiev.

"Rent with an official rental agreement. It costs twice as much, but if you try the way they do, the first month is low, but you will then be asked for a LOT more, and if you don't pay, they promptly kick you out. Even if you have been there less than 24 hours, there is not a thing you can do. Well, maybe cry. Laws here are lax. You can do things that will amaze you. Even carry a concealed gun, no permit. If you are here over three months, you become an illegal alien. If you leave, you will not be allowed back. If you stay, they cannot afford to kick you out, so they will only fine you $100 upon your eventual departure. I cannot even go across the river to Moldova for lunch! Until I marry. If. If you marry a Ukrainian, you can stay here legally, and not become a UE citizen. I personally will get a UE lawyer to handle the papers. Like everything else here, it costs a lot less than the US. My very low SS Disability income is four times the national average income here. I can not afford to live in California anymore, but I can, here. At least, theoretically. They still are not paying me," commented one expat who made the move to Mogliv-Podilskyi.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
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William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

Ukraine GuideUkraine Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Ukraine.

Ukraine Forum Ukraine Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Ukraine on our Ukraine forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Ukraine Index Ukraine Index
An index of all of our site's Ukraine information.

Contribute to Ukraine Network Contribute
Help others in Ukraine by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Ukraine.

Expat Healthcare Advice in UkraineHealthcare & Health Insurance in Ukraine

Expats in Ukraine offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Ukraine.

Real Estate in UkraineReal Estate in Ukraine

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Ukraine.

Pros Cons of Living in UkrainePros & Cons of Living in Ukraine

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Ukraine.

Cost of Living in UkraineCost of Living in Ukraine

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Ukraine.

10-Tips-for-Living-in-Ukraine10 Tips for Living in Ukraine

Many expats move to Ukraine for its low cost of living. Expats living in Ukraine appreciate that most Ukrainians are salt-of-the-earth, hardworking people. Corruption and bribery are a way of life and expats share their experiences paying bribes.

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