Travelling to Crimea: Questions Answered
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
By: The Political Holidays Team
Where is Crimea?
Crimea is a peninsula on both the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It is located south of the Ukrainian region of Kherson, to which it is connected by the Isthmus of Perekop, and west of the Russian region of Kuban, from which it is separated by the Strait of Kerch, though linked by the Crimean Bridge.
Is Crimea safe?
To sum it up, yes. Since the annexation of the region by Russia, the country has completely integrated the region into the Russian Federation and abides by the laws of the state. Crime against foreigners is low and no open conflict exists. Crimea's borders have been secured by the Russian military since 2014.
Why is Crimea not recognized as part of Russia?
This is a question that demands a long answer. In short however, Western-aligned countries see the Russian takeover and annexation as acts of aggression against its ally and E.U. border state, Ukraine.
As such, American and EU-aligned states have supported Ukraine’s right to sovereignty over the region and not that of Russia. In reality however, Crimea acts as a completely integrated region of Russia and not of Ukraine.
How do I enter Crimea?
Crimea can easily be entered through Russia. Land crossing is available through the Crimean Bridge and in addition, daily flights are available from many major Russian cities.
Do I need a visa to enter Crimea?
If you are from North America, the E.U, Australia and New Zealand, then yes. You will need a Russian Visa prior to boarding your flight. Citizens of countries who do not require a visa to Russia are able to access the region of Crimea without going through additional visa processes.
What currency do they use in Crimea?
Since Crimea has been annexed by Russia, the primary currency used is the Russian Ruble.
Is Crimea a country?
Crimea is not a country, it is a federal region of Russia. This means that the region is considered an integral part of Russia and operates like any other federal subject of the country. The region is actually two separate federal subjects. One is Crimea itself and the second is the Federal City of Sevastopol in Crimea.
Who recognizes Crimea as part of Russia?
Twenty U.N. member states either recognize or hold favorable views regarding the Russian annexation of Crimea. They include; Afghanistan, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Cuba, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
How did Russia gain control of Crimea?
Russia invaded Crimea in 2014 and gained control of the region. Shortly afterwards, a Crimean referendum voted in favor of joining Russia and was later annexed completely.
It should be noted however, that the annexation has not been recognized by most U.N. member states.
Who are the Crimean people?
The Crimean population is primarily made up of ethnic Russians, Ukrainians and the Crimean Tatars - a Turkic ethnic group and indigenous people of Crimea.
What language is spoken in Crimea?
The language of administration and primary language spoken in Crimea is Russian. However, a large minority also uses the Crimean Tartar language (Crimean Turkic) as their primary language and Ukrainian is also spoken in the region.
Are there any foreign embassies in Crimea?
Crimea is officially part of the Russian Federation. As such, foreigners have access to all of the diplomatic missions which are present in Russia, although not within the territory of Crimea itself.
Can I visit the Ukraine after travelling to Crimea?
The answer to this question is not so straightforward. Ukraine will deny entry or possibly prosecute anyone with evidence of travel to Crimea in their passports. The good news is that your point of entry into Russia will be the only stamp in your passport, which will probably be in Moscow or another major Russian city. As such, it should not affect future travel plans to the Ukraine.