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A country in Eastern Europe, on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, bordered by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.

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If I've visited Crimea, what country do I list on my customs declaration form?

On returning to the U.S. I must fill out a customs declaration form, which includes listing the countries that I have visited prior to arrival in the U.S. If I was in Russia and visited Crimea after ...
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What is the main spoken language in Kiev: Ukrainian or Russian?

I'm aware that there are both native Ukrainian and Russian speakers among Ukrainians, with the west being more Ukrainian-speaking and the east/south more Russian-speaking. What about Kiev today? I ...
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Is travelling to Chernobyl safe for tourists?

Recently I read in my Lonely Planet and on some news site like for example this one, that the site of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe is open for tourists. There are also tour operators that offer ...
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How unsafe is it to leave an expensive laptop at a rented apartment or a cheap hotel room? Which precautions should I take?

I'm going to Odessa, Ukraine, and may have to take my laptop with me for work reasons. I'll be staying at an inexpensive place which I rented online. Is it a very bad idea to leave the laptop in the ...
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Visitor requesting a cash advance to purchase airfare in-country. Legitimate or scam? [duplicate]

Woman planning to visit me from Ukraine to the US applied for a visa and such, claims to have paid for the visa but needs 500 dollars more for the airfare from Ukraine to the US. She says strict rules ...
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Are there still any trains from Kiev to Crimea?

Before Crimea changed hands you used to be able to take a sleeper train from Kiev to Simferopol. I have tried using the Ukrainian train website and the Russian train website neither return any results ...
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How can I visit Chernobyl?

I have heard that it's possible to visit Chernobyl as a tourist (and some questions here on Travel bear this out, asking if it's safe to do so.) I'd like to visit it. What do I need to know to do so ...
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What are the options of getting from Ukraine to Crimea (and vice versa) after 2014?

I'll be in Kiev this summer and would like to take a trip to Crimea. What are my options for doing so?
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How is the land border between Poland and the Ukraine?

I'm currently in Krakow and am planning on going to Lviv next. Rome2Rio indicates that this is a 6-10 hour land journey either by bus(es) or by train(s). I've heard from another backpackers in my ...
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Is the use of "Kiev" (or other Russian-based spelling) considered offensive in Ukraine?

Someone edited my question, which originally used "Kiev" to mean the capital of Ukraine, but edited into "Kyiv". I just briefly googled it and found that "Kiev" is a Russian word while "Kyiv" is a ...
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Overstaying Ukrainian visa due to Coronavirus

I am in Ukraine, where public transportation has been stopped (including flights), and people are not allowed to move from province to province. My visa expires soon, and it looks like public ...
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Why do restaurants and cafes in Ukraine make a transaction on each food separately?

I'm now in Kiev and found that some restaurants and cafes make a transaction on each plate separately. For example, yesterday I ordered a slice of Napoleon cake and a cup of hot chocolate. When I ...
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Is there native cuisine that is typical for Western Ukraine/Galicia, but not for the rest of Ukraine?

I am traveling to Lviv soon and would like to taste some local dishes. Specifically, I'd be interested in trying cuisine that is typical for Western Ukraine, rather than the country as a whole. Since ...
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What is the "White Schengen list"?

The signing of a visa-free agreement with the Schengen zone countries opens up new possibilities for us in terms of the so called white Schengen list featuring 57 countries, from Korea, Mexico and ...
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I am going to Crimea from Russia. Will I be able to visit Ukraine later?

I am a citizen of Russia. I am planning to visit Crimea in summer 2018 to attend an educational camp. Apparently, I'm in the clear from the point of view of Russian authorities. I'm not sure if ...
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When traveling in Ukraine, when is it appropriate to wear the traditional Vyshyvanka?

Vyshyvanka (Ukrainian: ″Вишиванка″) is the colloquial name for the embroidered shirt in Ukrainian national costume. I have bought this traditional shirt a few years ago and would be traveling to ...
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Which languages to brush up on for Ukraine trip?

I am traveling from the US, and the only language I really know is American English. I will be visiting cities in various districts of Ukraine: Kiev, Chornobyl, Cherkassy, Kherson, etc. I will be ...
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Am I able to take a train from Moscow, Russia directly to Kiev, Ukraine given the current political situation?

I am planning on travelling from Russia to Ukraine in 2017 via train and was curious if taking a direct train was still an option. I am aware of the Belarussian route but would prefer to not deal with ...
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Are U.S. Citizens prohibited from travel to Crimea?

I have family in Crimea and would like to visit them. I've read Executive Order 13685, but am unsure how to interpret it. Are U.S. nationals prohibited from traveling or spending money in Crimea? Does ...
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How do I change a receipt for a train ticket in Ukraine into the actual ticket?

I bought a train ticket from Chop to L'viv online. So I've printed out the receipt (БЛАНК ЗАМОВЛЕННЯ). It says on it, that I will need to swap it for the actual ticket at some pay desk (каса) on ...
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Does the Ukraine-Georgia ferry go via Russia and if so must I have a Russian visa even if I don't disembark?

Previously we had a question about ferries between Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia. The answer was that the company UkrFerry has such a route but I'm unsure of the details and the site seems to be ...
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What is required of an Australian citizen to get a visa for Ukraine?

I am an Australian citizen and I know that for some ex Eastern Bloc countries like Russia and Belarus I need an invitation and other difficulties to obtain a visa. Ukraine looks easier than those but ...
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How does the 90/180 visa rule work for Ukraine?

I'm going to Ukraine and I'm told by online sources regarding my citizenship in connection to visiting to Ukraine that I am entitled to stay visa-free 90 days "within a 180 day period". Does this mean ...
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How to travel to California with my cat? [closed]

I am moving to California from Ukraine. I know the exact requirements from Ukranian part, but what about USA part and especially California? What is the exact list of requirements for the cat?
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Do I need a passport travelling within Schengen through Kyiv?

I am a Finnish citizen. I'm used to travelling only within the Schengen Area and/or EU, and I'm able to do it with my Finnish National ID card. I haven't even bothered to get an expensive passport, as ...
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Travelling to Ukraine and Russia, border issues

I'm a Portuguese citizen living in the UK and I'm going to Russia in May by bus from Estonia. Meanwhile I have a weekend trip booked to Ukraine in April. Assuming that I got the Russian visa, ...
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Entering Ukraine with someone else's car

I am planning to travel to Ukraine for a couple of weeks this summer by car, but the car is not registered in my name. I know from experience that other countries often have special regulations for ...
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Travelling outside the UK without a passport

I've read all of the relevant questions on here regarding travelling outside the UK without a passport. As I understand, I, as a British Citizen after naturalisation, can travel to and stay in any ...
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Is there a good way to get from Levoča to Lviv?

Due to a change of plans, I'm now going to visit the Ukraine after I visit Slovakia. Right now I'm looking at options for going from Levoča to Lviv. Rome2rio is not showing any good options. I'm ...
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US citizens traveling between 2 "no visa required" countries

Friends of ours want to come from US to Lithuania then go to Ukraine and back to US (or Ukraine, then Lithuania). They don't need visas to go to either Lithuania or Ukraine and thinking logically ...
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Ferry connection between Crimea (Ukraine) and Georgia?

Is there any reliable ferry connection between Crimea on Ukraine and Georgia? Does anyone have any information on that?
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Waiting times at Ukrainian land borders

I am soon travelling to Ukraine by car and will be entering from Slovakia or Hungary. I have read many stories about the notoriously long waiting times at the Ukrainian land borders. Waiting times of ...
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Ukraine bans entry for Russian men. Can I get the cost of my ticket refunded?

I hold Russian passport and was meant to travel to Ukraine for Christmas. However, their government banned all Russian men aged from 18 to 60 from entering the country. Am I eligible to get my tickets ...
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Does the Ukraine travel ban for Russian men apply to (non-Ukrainian) dual nationals?

I am considering going to Ukraine sometime in the future. I am a dual national, Russian and French; male, aged about 30. European Union citizens are currently allowed to enter Ukraine visa-free (for ...
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Temporary bank account in Ukraine for a foreign traveler?

I'm an EU citizen and I'm considering longer travel through the Ukraine. Because I'm concerned about security issues, I don't want to have all my money with me. Opening a bank account in Ukraine would ...
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Crossing the Black Sea (Ukraine to Georgia) by boat - risk of being boarded in a private vessel?

I am planning to go from Ukraine to Georgia crossing the Black Sea, not by a ferry but using a private boat. I would like to know if some people have experienced crossing Black Sea, and if it is ...
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Do I need to book Ukrainian long-distance trains in advance?

I'm looking to travel between Kiev and Minsk next week by night train, however I'm not 100% sure on the dates. Is it reasonable to assume I'd be able to get a last-moment ticket or do Ukrainian trains ...
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ID card, driving license and debit card stolen in Kiev. What is the worst that can happen? [closed]

My dad is an EU citizen. His ID card, driving license and debit card were stolen in Kiev metro. So far we called the bank and informed the local police, he has his passport so he is ok to fly. Is ...
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What should I do if I get caught by corrupt police in Ukraine but never want to pay?

I'm a bit fearful of corrupt police in Ukraine, and I already read one of the great answers regarding how to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police. However, the problem is that my SIM card in ...
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How much to pay for hiring marshrutka in Ukraine?

I was in Ukrainian mountains with the group and the marshrutka was hired in Lviv to transport us directly into Carpathian Mountains. This was very convenient and I've heard also it was quite cheap, ...
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Is there currently a problem with border crossings to Ukraine? [closed]

Given the current situation in Ukraine are there problems with crossing of the Ukrainian borders? In general and for westerners in particular.
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Travel between Odessa and Tiraspol

Are there any regular transportation from Odessa, Ukraine to the Moldovian independent republic of Transnistria? To be more exact, to Tiraspol? Do you need a visa to get there?
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Is it dangerous to camp in western Ukraine?

I've just started camping and I was wondering if it's dangerous (dangerous wildlife/people) to camp in western Ukraine (near the Polish border) as I will be there for some days in August. I've been ...
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How exactly 14 days of mandatory quarantine after visiting "red zone" country look like?

I live & work in France (titre de sejour aka residence permit), and going to visit Ukraine some time soon (I'm Ukrainian). While there won't be any issues with entering Ukraine (because of ...
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Why is there a special access to Maramureș on Ukrainian side

Next month, I'm having a trip to Ukraine and then to Romania through Marmaros masif. However while seeking info, I've also found on Czech General Consulate in Lviv sites, that I need a special ...
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Is a transit visa needed to transfer in Boryspil airport?

My wife, a Chinese citizen living in the United Kingdom under a spousal visa, will be travelling from London to Beijing next summer. She has a layover at Boryspil Airport for a little over 4 hours. ...
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Ferry connection between Crimea - Kerch and Georgia?

Does anybody know if the ferry service is bacK? I will need it next spring - 2014.
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Can you transfer from Ukraine International airlines to British Airways at Kiev-Boryspil without clearing immigration (only hand luggage)?

So I'm considering flying Tbilisi-Kiev-London (TBS-KBP-LHR), with the TBS-KBP leg flown by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), and the KBP-LHR leg by British Airways (BA) I will not be able to have ...
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Passing border in car not owned by me

I would like to cross Poland-Ukrainian border by car owned by my friend, but friend does not go with me. I travel from Poland to Ukraine and get back 10 days later. What kind of documents should I ...
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Concrete building in Kharkiv

I was walking yesterday and stumbled upon this windowless construction: As opposed to the view below, the side is now covered and has a huge sliding door on the second floor: Does anyone know what ...
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