Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Grid

Declaring her engagement ring

7 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hi Everyone,

I will be taking an engagement ring with me to Ukraine next month. I will be flying into the Lviv airport. Usually I move through customs very quickly and fill out a short customs form that does not require that I declare anything. I am wondering, since this time I will have a valuable piece of jewelry with me, should I make a point of declaring it even though I may never be asked if I have anything to declare?

Thanks

Grid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi Everyone,

I will be taking an engagement ring with me to Ukraine next month. I will be flying into the Lviv airport. Usually I move through customs very quickly and fill out a short customs form that does not require that I declare anything. I am wondering, since this time I will have a valuable piece of jewelry with me, should I make a point of declaring it even though I may never be asked if I have anything to declare?

Thanks

Grid

Grid,

If it was me I would not declare it. You may be asked if you are bringing any valuable gold or jewlery into the country as a gift. Keep it in your pocket or wear it on your finger (turned around so the diamonds are not seen)

Boryspil airport in Kiev is very busy, the last time I went through there it took forever to get through customs....Russians and Ukrainians do not know how to form a line :) When I flew into Kharkov a much smaller airport the customs process was much more 'up close and personal' simply because it was a smaller airport. My observations of the people working at the airport is that they are not overly suspious, in fact they looked very bored and very busy.

If it was me I would keep it on my person and not declare it. I do not know what the tax would be but I have shopped for jewelry in the Ukraine and the prices are high compared to Western standards...that tells me that the import taxes are high.

Good luck

Harry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My husband and I went through this dilemma when he brought my ring to the UK. The way we resolved it was by seeing the ring as his property which was going to be going back to the US eventually anyway. If we had split up then I would have given the ring back - as is the custom here - so it would never have belonged to a UK citizen and was just in transit like any of his possessions as he travels - eg watch etc.

Edited by lsma

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I would not declare it either,if you have like a 8.000 Dollar ring just imagine how much you would pay on it.

Hell no,its none of their business.

Do you know how many people have weding rings/engadgement rings.

I did the same thing last September - whatever you do, do NOT declare the thing. Just put it in a sock and bury it deep down in your luggage. One thing to remember is that in the Ukraine, wedding rings are worn on the right hand and not the left. Where I was I did not see many fancy engagement rings but, yes, wedding rings I did see. I would be cautious about putting an $8k ring on her finger however - I'd be afraid I would be making her a target- seeing how that's worth about 10 years of an average person's salary. You can always go for an upgrade on your anniversary. Good luck and congragulations.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi Everyone,

I will be taking an engagement ring with me to Ukraine next month. I will be flying into the Lviv airport. Usually I move through customs very quickly and fill out a short customs form that does not require that I declare anything. I am wondering, since this time I will have a valuable piece of jewelry with me, should I make a point of declaring it even though I may never be asked if I have anything to declare?

Thanks

Grid

Only you can answer the question.... You know what the rules are, you know what the risks are... decide for yourself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Back to Top ↑

Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Try asking our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×