Posted by mike on April 24, 2000 at 15:56:29:
In Reply to: silly visa & letter posted by Michael on April 24, 2000 at 15:25:40:
I' ve actually sent several emails over the last couple of years to the embassy in DC in regard to the same issue...not even a reply saying "thanks for your interest" which is not typical for Ukrainians, but then maybe they were really Russians from Kiev just employed in Georgetown.
: I think it would be a nice gesture on Ukraine's part if it would drop the visa requirement and invitation letter. I have been to Ukraine and would love to return, but the silly bureacratic hoops that one has to jump through discourages me from returning. Americans travel freely throughout Europe using only their passports (except in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine--Ukraine deserves better company than those two bears).
: I was once at the Ukrainian consulate in G'dansk, and while I was there waiting for my visa a Chinese man came in and wanted to visit western Ukraine. He was traveling around parts of eastern Europe, but he was refused a visa because he did not have a letter of invitation. A missed opportunity: He would have spent money on food, lodging, and transportation, not to mention the fact that he would probably encourage others to visit as well. Instead, he probably told others (he was a visiting instructor at a university in G'dansk) how backward Ukraine sometimes behaves.
: How many other similar experiences have occurred? It adds up to lost revenue and positive word of mouth.
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