Using an A2 UK license for heading into Ukraine.

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by Joshmakenoise, May 28, 2017.

  1. Joshmakenoise

    Joshmakenoise Adventurer

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    First of all, I apologise if this is in the wrong section.

    I currently have an A2 British motorcycle license and will be crossing over into Ukraine from Moldova early in July.
    The A2 license restricts you to a 49bhp bike or a bigger bike as long as it is restricted.
    I plan on riding my 650 versys over the boarder but don't know if they're gonna question much about the restrictor on my bike. (I have a certificate to prove its restricted but not even the British police nor does anyone seem to ever check it as it's just a piece of paper and doesn't mean much to them.)
    As far as I am aware the A2 license isn't available in Ukraine, therefore I'm wondering how strict they are on licenses there (seeing as they don't follow the same license structure as most European countries do.)
    I don't want to get to the border and then them give me hassle over whether the bike is legally restricted or not.
    If anyone can bring some light to this issue then please do.

    Josh
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  2. nickguzzi

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    Only an opinion, but I think not.
    Been riding since the mid 60's, and well over 500 border crossings, some nipping behind the old Iron Curtain in days gone by. Never ever have I been asked to show my license at a frontier\immigration\customs.

    I would take an IDP - International Drivers Permit. May not help in your case, but if stopped randomly and asked for your "documents" this can be a precursor to you offering cash for your licence back.

    Have a great time.
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    StartAdventures riders on the storm

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    I think Nickguzzi is right u better have IDP or traslation of your license (which shoud be made from Ukrainian consolate so u better make a IDP) . When I was on 2011 and 2013 they ask me several times it. At the border there is just immigration and costums, there is not road police. As long u are the owner of the bike u can pass the border. Ride it is not an issue of costum, is issue of road police. For instance u can push the bike the all ukraine
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  4. Joshmakenoise

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    Thanks for the very informative replies.
    My mind is now at ease, I'm on a slight tight schedule around the time of the boarder crossing so didn't want to have any problems.

    Josh
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  5. nickguzzi

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    I forgot to mention that you did indeed post this in the wrong section. "Here" is the "Asia and Pacific" section.
    I would think you would get a lot more views in the "Trip Planning - EMEA" or even "Regional Forums - Europe" seeing how Ukraine is still within the defines of Europe - which continues to the Urals.
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  6. Joshmakenoise

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    That has come so more apparent now after posting. When I first posted this it automatically posted into the "Asia and Pacific" section. Naturally I didn't notice until you just mentioned and I checked the heading at the top.

    Still, all the best ☺️
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