Ukraine Entry Requirement Questions


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Posted by Brook on April 16, 2002 at 23:46:42:

Hello!

I've never before traveled to the Ukraine, but I am planning to go to Simferopol at the end of June 2002 to visit my girlfriend (whom I've already met in Sweden twice in the past year). So...I have a couple of questions for all you experts out there:

1) My girlfriend says that I can stay at her parent's house with her. In this case, is a private visa the best choice for me? What, EXACTLY, is currently needed to obtain such a visa?

2) The Ukrainian Embassy website has some conflicting information on the visa requirements page:

http://www.ukremb.com/consular/visareqs.htm

Under the section: "TO OBTAIN A VISA AN APLICANT MUST SUBMIT", it states in red that an official letter of invitation is no longer necessary,

BUT, underneath this statement in the section: "Private visa", it states: "for a home stay visit - only original invitation issued in the applicant's name by a local Visas Permits and Passports Department Office (VVIR) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine where the sponsor permanently resides"

So, is a letter still needed???

3) I've read that both the VVIR registration and mandatory medical insurance is no longer necessary, are these both true?

Thanks in Advance!

-Brook




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