COVID-19 Information

April 2, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (April 2, 2020)

The Department of State has updated its global Level 4 Health Advisory and advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States. As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance working with commercial airlines or arranging for evacuation flights may become more limited or even unavailable.

At this time, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is still pursuing evacuation options. We will notify the American community as soon as possible if an option becomes available. There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance, and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future. If a flight becomes available and you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future. We will strive to give as much advance notice as we can, but you should be prepared to travel on short notice.

Please email if you intend to take an evacuation flight to the United States if it is offered. Your email message should include the following information:

  • Your full name as spelled in your passport
  • Information we can use to contact you now – a current phone number and email address.
  • Your date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Your passport number, and its date of issuance and expiration.  If it is not a U.S. passport, please note the country that issued it.  Please also note any non-U.S. citizen immediate family members traveling with you.
  • Please note your current location (city and country) and any special needs you may have, such as medical issues.
  • Your travel plans and whether you are requesting financial assistance from the U.S. Government (please be aware that financial assistance is a loan and must be repaid).

Please also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Country-Specific Information:

  • Ukraine has 804 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, including 20 deaths.
  • The Ukrainian government has extended the quarantine regime through April 24.
  • Schools throughout Ukraine are closed through April 24.
  • The government has banned gatherings larger than 10 people, including cultural, entertainment, sports, social, religious, advertising, and sporting events. Use of playgrounds and sports grounds is prohibited.
  • All non-essential city services are closed except grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations. In Kyiv, grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to one customer per 10 square meters and they may require patrons to wear masks. Grocery stores are currently well-supplied, but you should expect lines and delays.  Visit the Ukrainian government’s COVID-19 website for updated information.
  • Subways in Kyiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv are closed.  All other city transport, including buses and trams, may carry no more than 10 passengers at one time. City transport in Kyiv is limited to essential personnel with passes only.
  • Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) suspended all domestic passenger transport.  Further, regular and non-regular travels by autobus transport between cities is banned (private automobiles excluded).

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • All scheduled commercial international passenger services, including flights, trains and passenger buses to and from Ukraine are currently suspended.  Airlines, including Ukraine International Airlines, have conducted repatriation flights on a rolling basis, with unpredictable schedules.
  • All foreigners without residence permits are barred from entering Ukraine.

U.S. Embassy Operations

  • On March 15, the U.S. Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of non-essential U.S. government personnel and family members with high risk medical conditions for COVID-19.
  • U.S. government personnel are prohibited from all official and personal travel within Ukraine outside of Kyiv proper.
  • U.S. Embassy Kyiv has suspended all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services until further notice.  The Embassy is providing limited services for U.S. citizens, including adoptions and emergency services.  Please visit our website for additional information.
  • U.S. Embassy Kyiv has reduced staffing and is practicing social distancing. Personnel are further advised to avoid large gatherings.

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