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Questions and answers:
Tom asks: I am from Asia, I am visiting Mariupol for 2 days business trip. Travelling from Odessa to Mariupol by car in day time, advised by business associates, this is the best option. Is it safe journey? Is it safe in Mariupol now? Thanks
Although Mariupol is located near the conflict zone, it is relatively safe to visit it at the moment. The road quality is average, the part from Kherson to Melitopol is in poor condition.
Marina asks: Hello. I am Ukrainian from Lviv who leaves overseas. My international Ukrainian passport doesn't have many pages left. I tried to apply in Ukrainian embassy of RSA. I am married and changed my surname to my husbands. My Ukrainian internal passport is on my maiden name. The old consul changed my passport to my husbands name. The new consul have asked me to change my surname on internal passport. How long does it take to do this? Thanks in advance.
It takes up to 30 days to exchange an internal passport in Ukraine from the date of application form registration, or up to 10 working days if you need to get it urgently.
Nino asks: I am from Lebanon but I am studying in Germany university. Can I visit Ukraine with my Germany student visa for one week?
Leo asks: I'm brazilian and I want to travel from Kiev to Moscow by train or bus. Are they running normally between the two countries? Is is safe and trustful to take the bus? I don't have a visa to go through Belarus.
The best way to travel from Kiev to Moscow is to go by train, it is the safest and the fastest way. Here is the timetable of Kiev-Moscow trains
Lu asks: Would my letter to my aunt in Dniprodzershynsk have been delivered to her Matrosova address since the city name change? I have not had a reply in almost a year and am concerned due to health issues.
Thank you for any insight.
Changing the name of Dniprodzerzhynsk happened relatively recently, in May 2016, about 3 months ago. So if you sent her a letter a year ago, it was to be delivered long time ago, otherwise it was probably lost. Usually it takes several weeks to deliver a letter to Ukraine from almost any country. You can send her another one, this time use the new name of the city.
Emmanuel asks: Ive got my legs shivering in my boots simply because my Ukrainian student visa interview is on monday so please would you mind assisting me on questions I'll br asked during the interview, I'd appreciate, I'm from Nigeria. Thank you
Unfortunately, I don't have any info about exact questions, but probably they will be about your reasons to study in Ukraine, the university where you are going to study, your future profession and plans, etc.
Marcus asks: Can I travel to any other countries in Europe like England, Sweden, France, Germany, etc. with my Ukraine student visa or immigration card while studying in Ukraine during vacations?
At the moment, it is not possible. But in the coming years it is likely that Ukraine will be able to agree on visa-free regime with the countries of the European Union, so the situation may change.
Felix asks: How much will be the living cost for 10 days in Ukraine including accomodation, food, transport and partying? I am planning for 5 days in Kiev and 5 days in Lviv?
The average rate for a three star hotel in Kiev is about 700-1,000 UAH per day, in Lviv - 500-700 UAH. The cost of travel from Kiev to Lviv by train is about 500 UAH. And for food, partying, etc. you will need a sum of about 8,000-10,000 UAH (of course it may vary greatly depending only on you). In total, you will need about 20,000 UAH or 800 USD. It is a very rough estimate.
John asks: What is the average cost of living for a family of 3 in Kiev per month?
In July 2016, the average salary in Kiev was about 300-400 USD per month. So for a family of three the budget sufficient for life begins from the amount of about 600 USD per month if there is no need to rent an apartment, otherwise you need additional 300-400 USD.
Roshan asks: I am an international student. I am going to study medicine in Ukraine. Can you please tell me if I get a part time job, how much can I make in a week?
International students need to get a work permit or residence permit to work officially in Ukraine. In 2016, the average salary in the country is about 200-250 USD per month for a full-time job, so it won't be an easy task to earn more as a student employed part-time.