We personally consider it much better to leave our passports in a safe place than to routinely carry it in person and risk losing them. If you have committed an offence they will usually give you the option of going down the official route or paying a bribe and going on your way.Having said that, official guidance from both the US and British embassies states that visitors should carry their passports with them at all times and keep copies in case of loss or theft. They are notoriously corrupt, though you should only come into contact with them if you are driving. Paying the bribe is cheaper than the official fine and less hassle.Marriage and dating scams are quite relatively common.Many foreign men are tempted to Kiev by the prospect of a relationship with a young and beautiful Ukrainian woman.In general, Kiev is as safe as most Western European countries.Organized crime does exist, but unless you’re coming to Kiev to open a chain of casinos the mafias are extremely unlikely to take an interest in you.In over 10 years of visiting and living in Kiev we have never been the victims of a street scam and have never met anybody who has actually fallen prey to such a crime.
The scammer appears grateful but, after counting the money in his wallet, announces that some of his cash as missing.
Although the police in Kiev are no angels, they don’t, unlike their counterparts in Moscow, routinely pester foreigners for documents and bribes.
We have never been stopped in the street by the police and very rarely see others being stopped and having their documents checked.
Many visitors to Kiev will never notice how bad the country’s roads are.
The road from Boryspil Airport to Kiev is in pretty good shape, as are most of those in the city centre.