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« on: July 05, 2015, 04:51:16 pm »

US rider here looking for some information about a trip.

Has anyone done a Germany to Ukraine trip? Gathering up as much information, as I can for making this enjoyable. Not going to rent, having my bike shipped over for the 3 weeks there. Was cheaper in the long run.

Looking for information on anything else I would need outside the normal, insurance, passport?

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2015, 10:22:11 am »

I went to Romania in 2005 and the Ukraine required entry visas then.

I don't know if things have changed.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2015, 12:10:00 pm »

If you don't have one, get an ATM or Charge Card that has a an embedded chip and requires a PIN, like this one:



You will find ATMs almost everywhere.
Lots of gas stations are unattended at certain hours. Most accept cash or credit cards with PINs.


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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2015, 12:13:31 am »

Got the card, so good there. Will check on the entry Visa.

Thanks for the information.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2015, 05:49:02 am »

Um, maybe I'm being clueless, but are you sure you want to head into a (nominally) war zone? There are a lot of other places off the usual ho-hum Alps. Dolomites, etc. beaten track.

BTW, how are you shipping the bike (company, ports, cost)? Also, how are [you] handling insurance?
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2015, 06:29:09 am »

As long as you stay in the Western part you will be OK. I know someone who visited Kiev recently and found the people to be very friendly and probably thankful that not everyone has been scared off by the conflict in the East. There is still some fighting around Donetsk and Luhansk, the ethnic Russian part, but that is a long way from Kiev. It's a shame that Crimea is now a part of Russia, I would like to go there but although there is no fighting there now I suspect the hassle would not be worth it. I suspect the people would still be very welcoming though, their tourist industry has been hit very hard by the Russian annexation.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2015, 12:29:13 am »

Not worried about the conflict at all. Just looking to start west at Bremerhaven, then head east to Kiev. Going south to Odessa, then west back to Bremerhaven.

Planned out the shipping with cost there back to port in US. Got the maps, planning route, gear together, passport, credit card, insurance covered, green card for bike.

Still working on some other details.

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2017, 12:47:43 pm »

I went fron Uk to Poland. Awesome, the best trip ever. There was 5 of us. When you get to Germany( best roads in europe) just keep going. There is no speed limit, the road are 4 lines
There was no problem with passport, we been checked only on British/French border before taking ferry. Insurance- you should get European health card its free and you can use it in every country in europe.
Enjoy your trip
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2017, 08:48:57 am »

A friend's wife is from the Ukraine. She was there last summer and found things were pleasant. NTL I can think of lots of other places I'd check out first: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, along the Adriatic (as described in Lightcycle's RR's).

To be accurate, even the German autobahn system has its speed limits, although there are stretches of no limit. There are more limited sections than free sections, though. Speed enforcement is getting smarter - head-on cameras can't do much with bikes (no front plates), but "front & back" cameras are coming on line. 'Course, with a US plate in front of them, camera reading officials will give up - "no plate I know." In some countries, notably Switzerland, it's "pay on the spot" as Herr (or Frau) Polizist stands out in the road waving you down. Speeding doesn't come cheap. Have a nice day.  :)
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