On 11 March 2014, the parliament in Crimea declared unilateral independence after a vote. Following the outcome of a referendum, Crimea was annexed by Russia on March 21, 2014. As a result, the text below may contain inaccuracies.
Please note: The Dutch embassy cannot provide consular assistance in Crimea!
Note: European bank cards do not work in Crimea!
Note: European SIM cards do not work in Crimea!
According to holidaysort, Crimea (Crimean Tatar: Qırım, Ukrainian: Крим, Russian: Крым) is a peninsula on the border of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov (Europe). Crimea is a peninsula of Ukraine. Crimea is home to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Autonomous Republic of Crimea). Only the northern part of the Spit of Arabat and Sebastopol (including the surrounding area) are not covered by this republic. The capital of Crimea and the Crimean Autonomous Republic is Simferopol. A number of major cities in Crimea are: Sevastopol (Sevastopol), Yalta (Yalta), Feodosija (Feodosiya), Kerch (Kerch), Bakhchysarai (Bakhchysaray) and Gurzuf (Hurzuf).
Crimea has a long history with Greek and Russian influences. Only in recent years has the peninsula started to gain popularity as a tourist destination. Crimea consists for the most part of steppe. In the south it is mountainous with the Crimean Mountains reaching heights of 1,545 meters. Tourists often come for the seaside resorts in the south, the capital with its shopping streets and the few sights that the peninsula has. In the seaside resort of Yalta you will find several palaces and the Swallow’s Nest (castle on a rocky outcrop by the sea). In Bakchisaraj you will find caves that were once inhabited, a church that rises half from the rocks and the former palace of the Khan. Near Sevastopol one can visit the Greek excavation Chersonesos.
Where is Crimea?
Travel information of Crimea
Official name: Crimea
Area: 27,000 km²
Country code: RU, RUS
Population: 1,973,185 inhabitants (2007)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,545 m (Crime Mountains)
Distance (Amsterdam – Simferopol): 2,290 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes
Negative travel advice
Current status: All trips to Crimea are discouraged.
Current color code: Red. Due to this status, a negative travel advice
is in effect for Crimea.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Crimea that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Crimea, please visit Countryaah.
Negative travel advice
Current status: All trips to Crimea are not recommended. Due to this status, a negative travel advice
is in effect for Crimea. A detailed explanation of this travel advice can be found on The Netherlands worldwide.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Crimea. For separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Crimea?
Weather and climate
Crimea has a temperate climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 0 to 10 degrees and in the summer months around 20 to 25 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Crimea can be found on our extensive weather page.
April, May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Crimea. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.
Russian is the official language in Crimea. In addition, Ukrainian is spoken on a smaller scale.
Would you like to translate from or into Russian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Russia.
A visa is required. You can apply for this in person at the Russian Visa Center in Rotterdam or The Hague, after completing the visa form on Visa.kdmid.ru (valid for 30 days).
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Russia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Russia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Russian Embassy and Consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
It is advisable to get one or more vaccinations before visiting Crimea.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency matters
In Crimea people pay with the Russian ruble (RUB).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Crimea can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Crimea are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -63% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (76% cheaper), food (64% cheaper), imported beer in catering (70% cheaper), cigarettes (86% cheaper) and public transport (95% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Crimea it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 15% is given.
During our summer time it is 1 hour later in Crimea.
During our winter time it is 2 hours later in Crimea.
Crimea has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of Crimea can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Crimea you have to drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Crimea, you must have an international driving license or a legalized Russian translation of the Dutch driving licence. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
You can reach the island of Crimea by plane from Russia or by car via the Crimean Bridge from Krasnodar, Russia.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Crimea.
The same plugs and sockets are used in Crimea as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Crimea can be found on our electricity page (see Ukraine).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 102 (112 from GSM)
– Fire Brigade: 101 (112 from GSM)
– Ambulance: 103 (112 from GSM)
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Crimea can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Crimea can be found on Abyznewslinks (look under Avtonomna Respublika Krym).
Crimean websites end in.ua.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Crimea is 00380 or +380.
If you want to call the Netherlands from Russia, dial 8 (wait for dial tone) 1031.
(If you use a country code, always omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Crimea.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Crimea.
An overview of all public holidays in Crimea can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Crimea, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Crimea?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Crimea. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Crimea can be found on Protected Planet.
Crimea is not included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Did you know that…
…The Crimea consists largely of steppe?
… Crimea has been the scene of various wars for decades?
…Russia unilaterally annexed Crimea in 2014?