TIPS FOR A TROUBLE-FREE CROSSING OF THE POLISH-UKRAINIAN BORDER*
Crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border by car can be hard work. Follow these steps for an easy passage (particularly useful when smuggling fuel, cigarettes, alcohol, or other restricted items of your choice):
1. After sitting in a queue for 2 to 3 hours you will finally reach the Polish section of the border. Present your passport and other required documents. When instructed, get out of your car and open the boot. The official will make a cursory inspection.**
2. Drive on to the Ukrainian section of the border. Present your passport and other required documents. Don’t be surprised if the official is drunk. Silently admire the large hat of the official. When instructed, get out of your car and open the boot. The official will remain silent. Take a 2 zloty coin and place it in the boot. Wait patiently while the official pretends to search the car, then picks up the coin and pops it in his pocket.
3. Return to your car, drive over the border and enjoy your trip to Ukraine.
*Courtesy of Krzysztof, aero-engineer and English student.
** NB: do not attempt to bribe any officials at this check point, as they are being watched on CCTV. Also note that inspections coming from Ukraine into Poland will be far more thorough.