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Information for citizens of Georgia concerning UEFA EURO 2012European Football Championship

31.05.2012

Georgian Embassy in Ukraine

EURO 2012, Europe’s premier national football championship, kicks off June 8 in eight venues throughout host nations Ukraine and Poland. Matches will be held in the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv during the month-long competition, with the championship game taking place in Kyiv on July 1.

The Embassy of Georgia anticipates that all hotels, hostels and other types of accommodations will be completely sold out in event cities. Transportation to Ukraine and between the event cities will also be completely booked. Public transportation within event cities is likely to be extremely crowded.

We strongly encourage Georgian citizens to take into account the abovementioned information and travel to Ukraine only with confirmed hotel and flight reservations during the tournament, even if they do not plan to attend Euro 2012 games or events.
 
Entering & Exiting Ukraine

A valid passport is needed to enter Ukraine. You are required to carry your original passport with you at all times and Ukrainian authorities may verify your legal presence in the country at any time.
 
Visas

Georgian citizens staying in Ukraine for less than 90 days within a 180-day period do not need a visa to enter the country. The 90-day count begins from the first entry date stamped in the traveler’s passport.
 
Customs

Ukrainian customs and border authorities have worked to improve safety and security, while simplifying the border crossing process. Customs regulations place strict limits on the amounts of currency (10 000 Euro) and other items that may be brought in to or taken out of Ukraine.
 
Arriving by Plane

When landing at any of Ukraine’s international airports, Georgian citizens should proceed through passport control through the Non-Visa Holder’s line, unless otherwise instructed, and present a valid passport to the control agent. When exiting the baggage area, travelers with nothing to declare should follow the green arrows. Those declaring items should follow the red arrows. Ukrainian authorities reserve the right to search belongings upon request.
 
Currency Exchange & Money

In all Euro 2012 host cities there are many banks and currency exchange locations. When exchanging money, you must present a valid passport.
 
In Case of Emergency
Ukrainian Emergency Services
To contact emergency services, dial the following numbers:
Fire – 101
Police – 102
Ambulance – 103
 
Georgian citizens with EMERGENCIES should contact the Consular Departments of Georgia in the following regions:
 
Kyiv – The Consular Service of the Embassy of Georgia to Ukraine
Address: T.Shevchenko blv. 25
Tel.: +38 (044) 220 03 41
Hot-line: +38 (093) 302 61 31
 
Donetsk – General Consular Department of Georgia in Donetsk
Address: Kostyubiskogo str. 83b
Tel.: +38 (062) 311 40 00, +38 (062) 311 04 01, +38 (062) 311 04 10
Hot-line: +38 (063) 244 01 01
 
Odessa - General Consular Department of Georgia in Odessa
Address: Mariinskiy str. 20
Tel.: +38 (048) 726 47 27
Hot-line: +38 (063) 618 88 81
 
Running out of Money
Travelers who have run out money or cannot access their funds generally do not require assistance from the Embassy. Wiring money from Georgia via Western Union is a simple process and widely available throughout Ukraine. A valid passport is generally all that is needed to receive funds.
 
Lost/Stolen Passports
To replace your passport, you will need to come to the following Georgian Consular Services depending on region:
 
Kyiv – The Consular Service of the Embassy of Georgia to Ukraine
Address: T.Shevchenko blv. 25
Tel.: +38 (044) 220 03 41
Hot-line: +38 (063) 023 27 76
 
Donetsk – General Consular Department of Georgia in Donetsk
Address: Kostyubiskogo str. 83b
Tel.: +38 (062) 311 40 00, +38 (062) 311 04 01, +38 (062) 311 04 10
Hot-line: +38 (063) 244 01 01
 
Odessa - General Consular Department of Georgia in Odessa
Address: Mariinskiy str. 20
Tel.: +38 (048) 726 47 27
Hot-line: +38 (093) 302 61 31
 
Victims of Crime
The investigation and prosecution of crimes in Ukraine is solely the responsibility of the Ukrainian authorities. If you become the victim of a crime, report the crime to the local authorities before contacting the Consulate. Consular officers cannot intervene in any legal proceedings, but they can help you understand the criminal justice process.
 
Arrests

While in Ukraine, you are subject to all Ukrainian laws, even if they differ significantly from those in Georgia. If you violate Ukrainian law, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Pre-trial detention can extend for months or even years, before prisoners receive their day in court.

Under Ukrainian law, police are permitted to stop you for any reason and check your identification documents. Police are permitted to detain you for up to 72 hours without formal charges.

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