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Rob asks: How long does it take to obtain a biometric passport and can you apply in any area of Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
Usually it takes up to 1 month to get an international biometric passport in Ukraine, the cost is about 550 (normal)-650 (urgent) UAH (22-26 USD). However, since October 2017, the company producing passport forms has some problems, that's why delays of up to 2-3 months are possible. Also people living in the areas that are not under control of Ukrainian officials at the moment (parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions) have to go to other places, for example, to Kharkiv.
Margie asks: Dear Expert, Thank you for your information on Odessa, and I will pass on Ternopil based on your recommendation. I just wonder if Yaremche would be a good base for exploring (solo) or would I be better off to stick with the tours out of Lviv that I was quite satisfied with. It's just a lot of travelling back and forth to do 2 or 3 different tours from Lviv, so I wonder if there is a local operator in Yaremche or somewhere closer. Thanks!
Expert's answer:
There is a number of travel agencies in Yaremche. You can try to contact them directly to get the latest info about tours available. This service to translate sites.
Margie asks: I wonder if I fly into Odessa if it is a nice place for a solo traveler, and then train to Ternopl or Lviv. Is there much to do in Ternopl? Then I travel to Lviv and take 2 tours to Transkarpatia. Or do you recommend stopping in Yaremche en route to Lviv instead? I could also fly straight to Lviv and skip Odessa, what do you think?
Expert's answer:
I think you will have a great experience visiting Odessa as it is a city with a rich history, architecture, people's traditions. Some info about Odessa sights. Ternopil has much less to offer. Yaremche has a lot of natural sights, so if you are not interested in them then you can probably skip it.
Mohamed Ahmed asks: Hi there. What are the conditions to make a company in Ukraine? And what are the documents I'm going to need since I'm not an Ukrainian citizen? best regards
Expert's answer:
You should contact Ukrainian legal agencies. I have found some contacts: first, second, third.
Scottl asks: I would like my lady to visit me in Kiev from Sumy. Does she need special passes to exit and enter back to Sumy?
Expert's answer:
No, Ukrainians don't need any passes to go from Sumy to Kiev, the trip takes about 5 hours by train. Passes are required to leave/enter parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions that are not under control of Ukrainian officials, they are issued for free.
Andreas asks: Hi, one of my friends who lives in Odessa Ukraine lost her passport. How much days she needs to make a new one and how much is the cost? Thanks
Expert's answer:
The official price of an international passport in Ukraine is in the range of about 20-40 USD, the time required to get it varies (from seven (urgent) to twenty days). As we receive a lot of similar requests, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Ukraine before you are absolutely sure that this person is real. Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.
Esther asks: I am currently studying in Ukraine and hold a Ghanaian passport. I would like to attend a 2-day conference in Poland. Do I need a visa?
Expert's answer:
You should contact the embassy of Poland in Ukraine.
Kaskade asks: How much do piano lessons cost in Ukraine? Is there a way to learn for free?
Expert's answer:
The cost is about 5-10 USD per lesson (1 hour) in Kyiv. You can use this service to translate sites.
Razoo asks: I am an Australian citizen and recently traveled to Ukraine (Oct 2017) on a Single Entry Visa. I am wanting to return to meet with friends. Is there a timeframe before I can reapply for another Visa or am I able to reapply straight away? Thanks
Expert's answer:
You can get a new short-term visa if you stay in Ukraine for less than 90 days within 180 days. More info and contacts of the embassy.
Guest asks: What's Ukraine's religion?
Expert's answer:
Ukraine is a secular state. About 60% of the population of the country doesn't consider themselves believers or belong to any confession. The absolute majority of the remaining religious population - over 90% - profess Christianity, of which about 20% are Catholics, 30% - Protestants, the rest - Orthodox. The number of people professing Islam is about 1%.

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