Posted by Jackson on February 17, 2004 at 20:07:19:
In Reply to: Customs and Money posted by Ryan on February 16, 2004 at 10:56:27:
Dan has given you the official and correct answers regarding the procedures for bringing in and declaring money.
However, what he did not say is that it would be very dumb for you to fill out a form declaring this much money. And, since you should declare it if you bring it in, then back up one step and it is dumb to be bringing in this much cash.
First, there is absolutely no need to be carrying around this much cash . . . . virtually anywhere in the world. The major cities in Ukraine have plenty of ATM machines, so just stash your cash in your bank and withdraw it as you need it.
Second, you and others must be realistic and consider what a temptation it is for the customs officials who see that you are carrying several thousand in cash. Such a sum of money could support them and their families for several years. We all have our price, and at some breakpoint, virtually any customs officer has just got to make a call to some friends to alert them that a stupid person will soon be coming out of the terminal with several thousand in cash in his pocket. Do the logic!!!
: I know this subject has been probably beaten to death, but I just want to clarify this one more time.
: I plan on taking a 3 month trip to Ukraine to work on a novel, and music.
: I plan on bringing about $8000 with me.
: I have read that you can only bring $1000 with, is that true? I also have heard you can bring any amount, as long as you declare it?
: Also, what are the stipulations on itinerary? I will be moving from hotel to hostel through out the country, so I can experience the whole culture of Ukraine, Will the consulate require every place I will stay at, because I won't know that until arrive.
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