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May 29, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (May 28, 2020)

The government of Ukraine has announced the gradual easing of certain COVID-19 quarantine measures under an “adaptive quarantine” plan, according to which services and institutions will re-open in stages if certain conditions are fulfilled, as follows:

Starting on May 22:

  • All public transportation except metro systems
  • Hotels (excluding restaurants and gyms)
  • Church services
  • Sporting events without spectators
  • Intra-regional transportation

Starting on May 25:

  • Day care centers
  • Metro systems

Starting on May 31:

  • Sports gyms (except group classes larger than 10 people)
  • Inter-regional transportation, including the resumption of passenger rail travel on Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways)

Starting on June 10:

  • Restaurants and coffee shops
  • Cultural institutions

Starting on June 15th, the government may start allowing regular passenger flights.

U.S. Embassy Kyiv continues to operate at reduced staffing and practice social distancing. Routine visa services remain suspended until further notice, and the Embassy is providing limited American Citizens Services, including adoptions and emergency services.  Please visit our website for additional information.

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has opened ticket sales for special flights from Kyiv to New York JFK on June 3 and to Miami on June 8.  You can only purchase tickets for the flight on UIA’s website  This is not a U.S. government-operated or -funded flight.  The Ukrainian government announced it will allow regular international passenger flights starting on June 15.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Ukraine has 22,811 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, including 679 deaths.
  • Starting April 6, it is prohibited to:
    • Be in public places without masks.
    • Be in public places if unaccompanied by an adult and under the age of 14.

Starting April 6, it is mandatory to carry identification documents in public places.

The government has imposed home-isolation measures affecting many people, including all persons over 60 (except for those involved in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and in critical infrastructure roles), as well as persons sick with COVID-19 or suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

Subways in Kyiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv remain closed.  City transport in Kyiv is limited to essential personnel with passes only.

Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) has suspended all domestic passenger transport.  Regular and non-regular travels by autobus transport between cities is banned (private automobiles excluded).

Starting April 16, all drivers and passengers in vehicles entering Kyiv may be required to have their temperatures taken, and if someone’s temperatures is higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius and there are signs of acute respiratory disease, the person will be tested for coronavirus disease and sent to self-isolation.

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 and SkyUp, have conducted repatriation flights on a rolling basis, with unpredictable schedules.
  • All foreigners without residence permits are barred from entering Ukraine.
  • Starting April 6, all travelers, both Ukrainian citizens and foreigners, arriving in Ukraine will be required to undergo a 14-day supervised quarantine period.  The quarantine can be done in a private residence  after downloading a special smartphone monitoring application.

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 most 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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