This is a common mistake since in Ukraine the date is written day-month-year, not month-day-year.Thus, a visa issued on 01/05/05 is valid from May 1, 2005 and NOT from January 5, 2005. Embassy in Kiev is unable to assist travelers in these situations.
All visitors without a valid entry visa will be turned back to the United States or will have to travel to another European country to obtain a visa. Each traveler is responsible for understanding the type of visa issued and the provisions of the visa.Frequently, American citizens are refused entry to Ukraine because they thought they possessed a multiple entry visa, but in fact their visa was valid for only a single entry.Embassy of Ukraine 3350 M Street, NW Washington, D. 20007 Tel: (202) 333-0606 Fax: (202) 333-0817 Web site: General of Ukraine in New York 240 East 49th Street New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 371-5690 Fax: (212) 371-5547 Web site: General of Ukraine in San Francisco 530 Bush Street, Suite 402 San Francisco, CA 94108 Tel: (415) 398-0240 Fax: (415) 398-5039 Web site: General of Ukraine in Chicago 10 East Huron St.Chicago, IL 60611 Tel: (312) 642 4388 Fax: (312) 642 4385 Web site: citizens, who stay in Ukraine for less than six months on a private, tourist, or business visa, do not need to register with local authorities.Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U. Cases of assaults in apartment building corridors and stairwells, and armed break-ins have also been reported.
While most travelers do not encounter problems with crime in Ukraine, there has been an increase in the number of racially-motivated attacks conducted by “skinheads” in Kiev.
These incidents, in which non-Caucasian foreigners are specifically targeted for violence, have occurred without provocation in prominent areas of downtown Kiev that are commonly frequented by tourists.
While the majority of people targeted have been of Asian, African or other non-European descent, all travelers should exercise caution.
Alternatively, Americans try to reenter Ukraine after using their single entry visa, believing they have unlimited travel for six months.
In some cases, Americans attempt to enter Ukraine before their visa becomes valid.
It is not possible to depart Ukraine and return on the extension, nor can additional visas be obtained from within Ukraine.