Street scams are frequently reported by other websites and government agencies as being fairly commonplace in Kiev.
We personally doubt whether they are as widespread as made out.
Book a taxi by phone or use an online ordering service and you should be given a price.
Most difficulties arise when you catch a taxi in the street and don’t determine a price beforehand.
Although the police in Kiev are no angels, they don’t, unlike their counterparts in Moscow, routinely pester foreigners for documents and bribes.
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.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.Anybody that has actually visited the city will know that there are far too many real police in such places.Ukrainian police aren’t perfect but certainly wouldn’t tolerate bogus police operating on their patch.