A Few Tips for Moving to Ukraine

Dear friends,

Most Western men who decide to marry a woman from Ukraine are sure that a wife should move to the country of her husband. However, I’ve seen a lot of discussions on Russian/Ukrainian women forums in which men have talked about the possibility of moving to Ukraine.

Cheap prices of living in Ukraine, a unique mentality and mysticism of the Ukrainians raise the ideas to start a new life in this amazing, but difficult country. Some Western men are seriously considering moving to Ukraine for a while. So, in this “natural” way, they hope getting acquainted with the future wife.


Guys, if you are interested in moving to Ukraine, there are a few things you should consider. You have to think about the necessary preparation, how you will move, language acquisition, the new culture you will become a part of, as well as what life is like in Ukraine.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

Tip #1: Preparation

You should begin preparing to move at least three months in advance of your expected departure date. There are many things that may need to be dealt with before you are ready to leave your country. Make a list of everything you need to do so that things can run smoothly.

  • Visa

Make sure you do your research as to what kind of visa you should obtain depending on your country of origin. You will need to prepare certain documents that are required in order to get your visa. It can take time to gather everything you need, and still more time to wait for your visa to arrive. Do not wait until the last minute to start the process.

There is good news for citizens of the United States, European Union, Swiss Confederation, Liechtenstein, Canada, and Japan. You no longer need a visa to enter Ukraine if you are going to stay no more than 90 days in the country. You may be able to try crossing the border and returning to Ukraine if you want to stay longer, but this is at your discretion and may not work out as you would like.

  • Work Permits

If you want to work while living in Ukraine, you must obtain a work permit to legally receive wages. The work visa will also give you permission to reside in Ukraine all year. In order to receive a work permit, a company in Ukraine must have already accepted you as an employee. There are a number of documents required for the work permit, so do your research.

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  • Vaccines

It is important to take care of your health, especially when traveling abroad. The environment will be new and you may not know what to expect, therefore you should look into getting vaccines. Hopefully you are up to date on your routine vaccinations.

addition, there are several recommended vaccines specifically for travel to Ukraine. The Hepatitis A vaccine is beneficial for avoiding the contraction of hepatitis A through contaminated food or water. If you are planning on having a new sexual partner, getting a tattoo or piercing, or think you might be getting a medical procedure while in Ukraine, the Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended.

A rabies vaccine would be beneficial if you are going to travel to remote areas outdoors or if you will be working with or around animals. Additional vaccines may be recommended or required depending on your country of origin or which countries you will travel through on your way to Ukraine.

  • Other

Other preparations include canceling services you use now that need a notice period before you cancel.

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The Move

Be sure to choose the right moving company for you in Ukraine. This is essential and extremely important for any expatriate. Independent organizations such as FIDI can assist you in finding moving companies you can trust. Work quality, special packing materials and a wide set of connections can indicate company principles that will offer great service.

The Language

It can be a daunting task moving to a country where you don’t know the language. Therefore it is highly recommended that you learn the basics of Russian and Ukrainian. You should also become familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet since it is used for shop and road signs. This will open up a whole new world for you to engage in and enjoy.

You will be able to make friends and communicate with confidence. Practice what you’ve learned with your new friends. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with words or pronunciation. Emersion is one of the best ways to learn a language, so be an attentive listener to the conversations happening around you.

The Culture

You should take time to learn the culture and traditions of Ukraine. For example, Ukrainians are very hospitable. You will often be invited to your friends’ homes to share a meal or drinks. You should return the invitations. Also, taking off your shoes before going inside of their home is considered good manners.

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Life in Ukraine


  1. Ukrainians receive universal healthcare. Even if the service may not be the best, they don’t have to spend a lot of money on medical expenses.
  2. The crime rate is low and there are no terrorist attacks.
  3. Public transportation is cheap and works well.
  4. There is a lower cost of living.


  1. The government is difficult and aggressive. Official procedures can be complicated and confusing.
  2. The police are not trusted, nor is the judicial system. Prisons are insufferable. Corruption runs rampant.
  3. The cities’ food, water, and air are of a low quality.

Guys, I have a question for you. Have you thought about moving to Ukraine? Or if you find your future wife in Ukraine, she should move to your (Western) country without any doubts?



Questions? Feel free to ask Krystyna, your Ukrainian dating expert 🙂 (s. here: Contact Krystyna)



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