Does anyone have any experience using Monzo in the Ukraine? Any problems with ATMs or are they mainly chip & pin?
Chip & Pin is everywhere in shops, restaurants and ATMs.
Withdrew some money yesterday with my Monzo card. First ATM failed with a generic could not complete transaction which could mean anything, but the second one worked fine. No problems, no fees.
Quick update as I’m in Ukraine again and I’ll try to update as I use more ATMs.
Banks with no fees
Banks which charge withdrawal fees:
- Pumb Bank
Also card works fine using contactless in places such as McDonalds.
I’m shortly going to Kiev where the currency is restricted so I can’t get any until I arrive. US dollars are generally accepted so plan on taking some so I can use on arrival for a taxi
There’s a Raphaels Bank near me that contains USD, anyone know if I use this whether Taphaels Bank will set the rate or whether I’d get a closer to market rate from Monzo? I suspect it’s the former which would make the Post Office a slightly better option
I have used one of their machines that vends £ and € rather than £ and and it gave Dynamic Currency Conversion options to charge me in £ where they apply their own FX rate or by saying No to the DCC option I would be charged in € (so in your case ). I did 2 transactions to compare rates and the one converted by my card at the MasterCard rate (which is the rate Monzo use) was cheaper than letting them convert it for me.
I am not sure how the MasterCard rate compares to Post Office but would assume it better than the Post Office having compared their € rates recently.
I’m not sure where you’ve seen that US dollars are generally accepted, I’ve never seen this before in Kiev. If you’re lucky you might find a taxi which will take them or there’s a currency exchange in the airport.
Monzo is best used to withdraw UAH here from ATMs for the best rate, but most banks will charge a fee, usually around 60 UAH (~£2). Ukrisbank ATMs have no fee and I think there’s a couple of others too.
For a taxi, you’d be best using Uber and linking your Monzo card to avoid getting ripped off at the airport.
You may find this website useful for more up to date information on exchanging and using money in Kyiv and The Ukraine as there are lots of websites on the internet with out of date information from the period when the peoples of the Crimea were exercising their right to self determination.
I use Monzo extensively in Ukraine, Kiev and White Church (Bela Teskya) in shops restaurants bank machines and it works great, better than my other cards with usually no fees except at some ATM so saves me a lot.
In addition to Ukrisbank (BNP Paribas logo) listed above,
I could also use the bank with no fees
- Oshadbank (Ощадбанк)
After getting declined from the first cash machine, I found Oshadbank’s when I arrived in Lviv train station and it worked perfectly fine without fees - mind you the maximum I could withdrew per transaction was only 200 UAH (£5).
Monzo helped me a lot throughout my entire travel in Ukraine where mastercard were accepted. Thanks!!
Also Euronet machines are fee free and no limits as far as I’m aware. I’ve taken 2400 UAH - approx £68 with no problems.