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For hotel rooms there is an easy solution: It is called the "hotel safe". Earnestly, do not store important valuables in hotel rooms. Even cheap hotels have very likely a cupboard which is under constant supervision at least at daytime. If you have a rented apartment you have another situation. Burglars and thieves have the following mindset: Break in as ...


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One of the most effective measures I use frequently when travelling is Kensington lock. It's very likely your laptop already has the appropriate slot, so you need to buy the chain and that's about it. I lock my laptop at any rented place I stay, even if it's a reputable hotel -- no need to take any chances. The cable should fit easily in your hand baggage. ...


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How did I miss this question?? I've done this! Before it was even considered 'touristy' (we had to apply to the Ukrainian government for permission in 2008). Now on the safety aspect, I was assured by my science teacher travel buddy and the scientists there that it's perfectly fine to go for a day. As for the radiation, apparently even spending a weekend ...


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It appears that the requirements to import a cat to the U.S. may not be too onerous. The guidelines I have found for importing cats to the United States seem to indicate that they must simply be healthy; it appears there may be surprisingly little paperwork involved. I just called the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Animal and Plant Health ...


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I can't answer specifically about Ukraine or Lithuania, but in many other similar situations I've never had a problem.


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This is taken from the Wikipedia entry for Prypiat: The city of Chernobyl, a few kilometers south from Pripyat, has some accommodation including a hotel, many apartment buildings, and a local lodge, which are maintained as a permanent residence for watch-standing crew and tourists. Seems like at least there is a local effort to accomodate the few ...


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Yes, you will have no problems flying in and out of these two countries so long as you do not stay over 3 months in either. They won't care where you've been previously. I've been in and out of both Ukraine and Lithuania multiple times, though never directly between the two. I go often between Ukraine and Poland and they never care where I was before. ...


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A Dutch friend of mine just took this ferry in the Georgia→Ukraine direction so I asked him for some details: Company name: UkrFerry Ship name: Greifswald Quoted boarding time in Batumi: 10pm Actual departure time from Batumi: ~ 8am Quoted duration of trip: 60 hours Actual duration of trip: ~ 55 hours Price: USD $170 for a bed in a 2-bed cabin There were ...


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I am Ukrainian, just took a weekend trip to Norway (flying from/to KBP) and there were no issues whatsoever at border in either direction. [update] Well, that escalated quickly... According to news due to tension with Russia border with them is "nearly locked down". According to reports: Russians coming are getting denied entry in droves Ukrainians ...


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I actually remember on Netflix watching an episode of a TV show where these adventists actually spent 48 hours in Chernobyl. Turns out the town is so isolated that the people and camera crew actually had to transfer from a passenger train in the Ukrane and finish the rest of the commute in a freight train car for 48 hours from the main transit hub. From ...


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There is a lot of questions so let's start in order: You can book a tour online from Tour Kiev for example. They will all originate from Kiev since it's the closest major city. Yes. One of them is listed above and you can find plenty online. One thing I would suggest is not doing it at your own pace unless you know exactly how to operate within a high ...


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Here's an estimate: A 250km ride in a shared taxi or marshrutka costs the equivalent of 5 - 10 euros per person, with a petrol price of about 1 euro per liter, depending on how popular and difficult the route is. A marshrutka typically seats about 15 people, so a low estimate for renting a marshrutka for a 100km circular (that is, starting and finishing in ...


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As usual, the definitive resource for this kind of information is the embassy of the country you want to visit in the country where you are a citizen of, in your case the embassy of Ukraine in Australia. Its visa requirement page, as is common, doesn't have all the information you want. You do need a visa to enter Ukraine, either a tourist visa or a transit ...


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I think the question is fine, and very valid. As a New Zealander, when I went in 2008 it was required to get an invite from someone in the Ukraine - easy to get, just google for Ukraine invites. Once you have that, you need the visa, where you have to present your invite too, as well as an itinerary (that you're not held to). If you do get in, and can ...


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There's a direct train from Odessa to Tiraspol, Transnistria, though you might not be let off, as there might not be a way to get a visa upon entry. The train continues to Chisinau, Moldova, from where you can backtrack to Transnistria.


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I would say that you don't have to negotiate a price - usually driver just tell the price and you accept it :) However, you may get a "bonus" as a foreigner, but I don't expect it to be more then 20-40%. Regarding sample price for 100 km. According to my latest experience (and google result), MastaBaba is more-or-less right - ~30 euros for bus for 10-15 ...


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Łukasz, first of all, I am pretty sure you can use your Polish Visa/Mastercard card in Ukraine and withdrawal issues would most likely be related to your bank which issued the card, and not the Ukrainian network of ATM and bank offices. Make sure to visit your local bank prior to going to Ukraine and make sure they unlock your card for operations abroad. ...


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You can do such trip by "UkrFerry" company: From Kerch to Poti every Tuesday, at next day you are at Poti. Operations service phone: +38 (0482) 34-76-63. According to official forum, schedule is set at the start of each month, so you should call there before you came in Kerch. Also there is a line Batumi - Ilyichevsk, which is more popular line (ferry ...


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I googled your question and found some websites (listed below), that contain general information regarding visa for the ukraine. You might find your answers there. On a dutch website, I also found an advice to ask ukraine travel questions on an expat forum specifically for the Ukraine http://www.travel-2-ukraine.com/visa-support/ ...


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As I know, you definitely don't need the Russian visa if you are not going to leave the ship during stay in port. So you need to worry about it. Russian embassies can help you to obtain Russian visa due your unusual situation, so you can try it all the time - we are all the people, and you always can try to communicate with embassy. Also you should note ...


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First of all: is it legal? Well, I have never heard about such problems too. Regarding Chornogora - yep, it is a kind of national park, there are even some official fees at some entrances, but all camping activities are pretty much allowed. The only places you may have legal problems at are country borders (like Marmarosy chain) - usually you have to ...


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Also, I should note that it's not the data, it's the hardware cost I'm worried about (nothing spectacular, about $2000, but still) Are there any other ways to keep my laptop safe at home besides Kensington lock? To mitigate the hardware cost in case of theft, ensure that you're traveling with property insurance. Homeowner's or renter's insurance ...


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There are actually great many options for getting to Tiraspol from Odessa including direct buses. You can see schedule (Russian) that lists 3 direct buses from Tiraspol to Odessa with the same schedule on the official Tiraspol's bus station site(Russian), with reciprocal schedule from Odessa and same again in Russian In addition there is a direct train ...


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About 4 years ago I received a Ukrainian visa from the embassy in the Netherlands (I'm Australian). They even did it super fast as I didn't have much time. There is a train from Romania to Odessa that passes through Moldova. For $20 you can get a transit visa for Moldova (at the embassy in Bucharest) within an hour or so.


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Read The Dark Tourist For a very vivid and entertaining account of the author Dom Joly's tour of Chernobyl.


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Honestly there isn't much to it. I went through the pain of getting an invitation from my aunt in Kiev, and when I applied at the Ukrainian embassy in London the guy there didn't even look at or take the invitation! You pretty much just front up (allow plenty of time), pay, hand over your passport and some photos, wait 14 days...return, collect your ...


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When I asked a taxi company for a small bus they listed 5 hryvnas/km for the whole 7-seats bus. There are companies that can take you over the Ukrainian border, and they charge 7 hryvnas/km for the part of trip which is not in Ukraine.


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There are a few relevant rules but nothing that would seem to help you in this case. In the US, the most important rules pertain to overbooking but if the flight itself is cancelled, it's really up to the airline AFAIK. In the EU, there are extensive “passenger rights” but I don't think they apply to your trip either as neither your departure point nor your ...


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On the ukferry.com website, it states that "Service is temporarily suspended with effect" for this route. A email to their Customer Service Line (ukf@ukrferry.com) also left me with a doubt ("We have no status currently of the opening of that route"), that it will be opened anytime soon. There are plenty of options if you could leave from Ilyichevsk, ...



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