Speaking about is Odessa safe for travelers, we need to mention another one thing. Many tourists from abroad, perhaps, believe that non-cash payment system is not developed in Ukraine. This is not true. Most of services in Ukraine, especially in a big city, can be paid by your international card. Any restaurant, dining room, large supermarket – have card terminals. Cash you need to pay a taxi, when using public transport, buying tickets to museums or theater, to do some purchases in small outlets on the street, or in bazaar.
First of all, you need to remember one thing: never get all your money out of pockets. What does it mean? Let’s consider. Any tourist or traveler, coming to Odessa, will change money in currency exchange office. For example, you exchanged $500. The fact is that in currency of Ukraine this amount will be a large bundle of money. And it attracts attention very much. A big bundle of money in your hands always attracts attention in Ukraine! Most common mistake of travelers is when they pay even for a cup of coffee on the street, they take out whole pack of money from their pockets, thereby showing them to possible robbers.
What should you do? If you use cash, it’s best to divide them into several parts, and get only a small amount, for example ₴1000 hryvnia, for cash payment. Such amount is almost always enough for you to pay for any service, be it a taxi, a small bill in a restaurant, a bottle of water or a cup of coffee. In addition, this amount will not attract special attention to you. Therefore, try to get only a small amount of money. Keep the others in your pocket. Many currency exchange offices are located directly on the streets. If you will change money on street, it will not be difficult for anyone to see how much cash you have with yourself. Try to change money in closed premises of any bank.
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