Do I need the entering visa to be able to travel to Ukraine?
Citizens of the following countries: Poland, Hungary, Romania, Mongolia, Former USSR countries (except for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), сitizens of EC, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and United States can now visit Ukraine without a visa for periods of up to 90 days over a 180 day period with a valid passport.
Where could I get my visa?
You can apply for a visa to the nearest consulate of the Ukraine.
Do I need the invitation letter for getting a visa?
No invitation letters are necessary for citizens of the US, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Turkey, or citizens of the countries of the European Union for obtaining official, business, private, cultural, or sports visas.
We strongly recommend you to apply for a Private visa rather than a Tourist one. It is the easiest type of visa to deal with.
What should I do to escape any kind of problems going through Ukrainian Passport and Customs control on my arrival/departure?
Bringing gifts. It is not that hard to go through these formalities in Ukraine. If you bring something for gifts you may be asked to pay a customs duty that can be considerable. We do not recommend you to bring any jewelry as the customs duty is 100% of its cost! If you do want to make such a surprise anyway, it would be more reasonable to bring money and purchase jewelry here. It will definitely cost less :)!!
Bringing money to Ukraine. Talking to many of my clients I have discovered that most of them are not aware of the Ukrainian laws as to this point. They were afraid of bringing cash as they thought it would cost them too much when crossing the border. It is NOT true at all. The Ukrainian laws allow foreigners to bring up to $10.000.00 cash. I strongly recommend you to declare cash when you go through the customs. It may help you a lot when you will be leaving Ukraine! The point is you are allowed to take only $1000.00 OUT of the country. However if you have a customs declaration confirming that you have brought a bigger amount to Ukraine then you can take out ANY amount that is less than what you have brought here.
I had a client who had $15.000.00 cash coming into Ukraine. He paid $20.00 for the permission to bring $5.000.00 extra and had no problems of crossing the border. So, your money will NOT be confiscated at the customs if you honestly declare it :)!
Use VIP service at the airport. If you still would like to have special very flexible treatment at the customs it would be reasonable for you to order VIP service. All formalities would take 15-20 min (if you arrive WITH the entering visa in your passport). Plus another 10 min for getting a visa at the airport if you don't have one yet.
Am I going to have any problems getting my money through customs on my departure?
You will not have any problems if you have a LESS amount of cash than you have declared on your arrival. Keep your entering customs declaration until you pass through customs control on your departure!
How can I get registered there?
It is NOT required to get any additional registration in Ukraine. You are getting registered automatically going through the passport control at the airport.
Can Police stop me when I am in Ukraine? What are my rights there?
Ukrainian laws allow Police to stop people at the streets to check their passports. If you are a foreigner you should have your immigration card you have filled at the airport crossing the border along with your passport.
Take your passport and immigration card with you wherever you go!!!
If you have your passport and you immigration card with you the policeman must let you go.
A am going to stay in Odessa for two nights. Can I book apartment with you?
If you plan to stay for 1, 2 or 3 nights only, we provide booking of the apartment of a certain class. I.e. we would require you to let us know the codes of a few apartments from our list that you like. Then you can place deposit. We provide you the one that is available for the dates of your visit or if all mentioned apartments are full you get another one that is of a similar class, quality and location.