Message for U.S. Citizens: Eurovision

Good afternoon from the U.S. Embassy:

In light of the large numbers of international travelers coming to Kyiv for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest, we would like to share the below information from the Ukrainian National Police.

There will be an expanded and strong police presence throughout the duration of this event:  please cooperate and comply with instructions from local law enforcement.  The Ukrainian police have the right to stop and search people, vehicles and their drivers, and to request identity and search belongings.   Police officers must first identify themselves by name, position, and rank, and present ID if asked.  The police may forbid you from entering or require you to leave any area or place.  They are authorized to use physical force to stop an offense, following an oral warning.

We would also like to add that the Embassy has no information indicating specific threats to U.S. facilities or personnel related to Eurovision, but we cannot discount the possibility of unexpected public disorder.  Additionally, criminal elements are well known to take advantage of events of this magnitude to commit criminal acts, such as pickpocketing, so be aware of your surroundings and personal belongings.  It is best to remain on the perimeter of crowds and identify easy exit routes should problems occur.

Emergency numbers are as follows: Fire (101); Police (102); Ambulance (103).

Please see the information linked below if:

You are the victim of crime
You are a witness to a crime
You are arrested for committing a minor offense
You are arrested for committing a crime

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is located at 4 A.I. Sikorsky St., Kyiv, Ukraine and is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (by appointment), +380-44-521-5566.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +380-44-521-5000.