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September 11, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Ukraine is divided into four epidemiological zones (green, yellow, orange, and red) depending on the COVID-19 situation in each region. The Ministry of Health will assign each zone a color based on four COVID-19-related criteria. Each zone triggers a distinct set of quarantine restrictions.  Please check with local authorities regarding local quarantine guidelines.
  • The government of Ukraine has extended the adaptive quarantine until October 31, 2020. The quarantine was expanded to ban discos, nightclubs, and concerts in green-zoned regions; restaurants, bars, and cafes are not allowed to work after 12 am.
  • Wearing masks is mandatory in public transportation and indoor public places. Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying. Everyone should carry ID.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
    • Effective August 28ththrough September 28th, the government has barred entry to Ukraine to all foreigners in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some of the exemptions to the entry ban include:
      • Spouses or minor children of Ukrainian citizens
      • Parents and grandparents of Ukrainian citizens
      • Foreigners with Ukrainian temporary or permanent residency permits
      • Patients who come to Ukraine for medical treatment
      • Persons going to higher educational institutions
      • Members of diplomatic missions and international organization organizations accredited in Ukraine
      • Foreigners with work permits
      • Airline and freight crew
    • Foreigners and stateless persons transiting Ukraine are no longer allowed to enter. This change does not include drivers, crew members, etc.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • The Ministry of Health considers the United States a country with high incidence of COVID-19. If arriving U.S. citizens qualify for an exemption to the entry ban, they will be required to enter into self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at international airports in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Lviv. Test results are emailed within 24 hours, and passengers should follow the self-quarantine protocol until the results are communicated to the Public Health Center.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • If U.S. citizens are able to enter Ukraine under an exception they will be required to enter into self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at international airports in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Lviv. Test results are emailed within 24 hours, and passengers should follow the self-quarantine protocol until the results are communicated to the Public Health Center.
    • U.S. citizens will not be required to self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival if they take a PCR test 48 prior to traveling to Ukraine and the result is negative. The Ministry of Health recommends that the document showing the results should:
      • Be in English (translation into Ukrainian is preferable, if possible)
      • State the sample collection time and the time when results were received
      • Specifically mention test type – PCR – polymerase chain reaction
      • Show the full name, date of birth, and passport number for the traveler
      • Include the name, address, and contact details of the lab performing the test
      • Clearly state the result – COVID19 NO or COVID19 YES

COVID-19 Testing:

  • COVID-19 tests are widely available at the expense of the individual. Average cost of a PCR test is 60 USD.
  • Foreign travelers to Ukraine from both red and green zone countries must have medical insurance that covers all COVID-19 related treatment. The policy must be issued by insurance companies registered in Ukraine or foreign companies with a representative office in Ukraine or a contractual relationship with a partner insurance company in Ukraine and be valid for the duration of stay in Ukraine. Ukrainian health insurance coverage can be purchased online – https://visitukraine.today/

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • All passengers on public transportation should wear masks. The number of passengers in the transport vehicle must be equal to the number of seats.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Wearing masks is mandatory in public transportation and indoor public places. Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Embassy Kyiv has reduced staffing and is practicing social distancing and the use of face coverings. Personnel are further advised to avoid large gatherings.
  • Routine visa services remain suspended until further notice.
  • Limited online scheduling of certain American Citizens Services has resumed. At this time, applicants should schedule appointments for passport renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notary services directly through the online appointment system. For emergency passport services, or if no online appointments are available, please contact KyivACS@state.gov.

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