If my wife wishes to travel outside of the UK, to other EU countries, will she be treated just like any other Ukrainian passport holder (wuth suspicion)?
Or can her acceptance within the UK cut through some bureaucracy and partially open a few European doors for her?
I hope to take her away for our first anniversary.
Saint Petersburg was my number ONE choice.
Iryna can enter/leave at will, by virtue of her Ukrainian passport.
...but I must go through the nightmarish, three stage visa process.
A city in Spain, Italy, Belgium would be nice...if she doesn't need to do battle against the FSUphobic immigration services of western europe...?
If all else fails we are both welcomed to Turker.
Any advice, suggestion or simply shared experiences would be very welcome.
The European cities I've travelled to all have an EU passport queue and a non EU queue. She’ll have to use the non EU one. Don’t try the EU queue. I saw an asían lady get treated pretty badly in Italy cos she was in the EU queue. She was sent to the non EU queue which had around 100 people who looked that they had been there for hours…from previous flights…the guys at passport control seemed be deliberately letting them wait.
I have a friend who married a Thai lady who is in the processes of getting her UK passport. She’s desperate to start travelling around Europe and something tells me she is waiting for her passport so she can travel free of hassle. I’m not sure if she can actually travel at the moment. I’ll ask though, as they’re coming over tomorrow evening. The rules for her will be the same for any non EU.
November 13th is our anniversary
(but Iryna wants to visit Petersburg between May and September, so we'll have to find another reason to celebrate).
I have a UK passport which contains an old Russian Visa (Oct/Nov 2009) and two Belarus Visa's (both Nov 20090.
Rome or Istanbul are pulling to the front of the pack for the November '11 short trip.
Not mind-numbingly cold (like Petersburg) but off season enough to reduce costs, especially Turkey, and crowds of tourists.
If she is traveling with you she actually doesn't need a visa if your traveling to the Schengen countries (I'm assuming you have an passport from an EU country). But its better to get on as it will mean less hassle as not many boarder control or airline staff understand this. If she is traveling alone she needs a visa. The visa should be free (for Schengen, I don't know about Ireland and non Schengen countries) and would be easy to get (apart from the hassle of waiting and sending the passport away). If your in the UK with her and married just show proof of this (ie her visa and your passport and marriage certificate and flight and hotel bookings etc (check for other requirements ie passport size photos). If you travel to Spain, apply at the Spanish Embassy (ie to the embassy of the country you want to travel too) but on the same visa you can travel to any Schengen country.
Russia - she shouldn't need a visa anyway....but you will.
Married: November 13th 2010.
I'm a Brit with a UK issued paasport.
She's from Autonomous republic of Crimea and has Ukrainian passport/nationality (although, like 99% of Crimeans, she considers herself culturally, linguistically and ethnically RUSSIAN!)
We are married and living in my home country of England.
Can you suggest internet resource/s that contain the pertinent information?
She has a passion for France (she hasn't had to tolerate the French much, yet).
We have friends in Holland.
I love Andalucia.
Istanbul and Rome are places we really want to see......
you must know what type of men we are to end up with wives as exotic as these?
If you want to travel to Russia, there will be no formalities on her part, because holders of valid Ukraine passports can enter Russia without a visa, and are exempt from the requirement to register (up to 90 days).
In your case, there is some work involved, but it is not bad. In the UK, the Russian consulate has actually outsourced visa processing to a private company ( ru.vfsglobal.co.uk ). The fees for a single-entry tourist visa amount to GBP 76.40, plus postal fees if you don't take your passport etc. to their office in person, and likewise pick it up in person.
In addition, you must get a tourist invitation (essentially, two pieces of "official paper"), which you can get from various travel companies. I guess that the cost for this is around 20 or 30 pounds. waytorussia.net is one of many websites that can connect you with such invitations.
The process also requires 2 passport photos, and an application form that takes a while to fill out. Allowing for time in post etc, the process can be completed in less than 2 weeks (with hand delivery, 7 days). You can do it faster, but it costs rather more.
For Sankt Peterburg, I highly recommend visiting during the "white nights" (essentially, from 1 June to 15 July) when there is about one hour of "darkness" per day. The weather is usually magnificent during this time, and the city is a magical place. (I am biased, it is my favorite in the world.) Of course, rooms are more expensive during this time, but I think it well worth it.
FWIW, I will be in Peterburg from 19 to 30 June. If I can help with any detailed visa or Peterburg questions, I welcome your pm.