COVID-19 Information

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November 16, 2020

Country-Specific Information

  • Ukraine is under an adaptive quarantine until December 31, 2020.
  • Currently, the following restrictions are in place for all of Ukraine:
    • No public events of 20 people and more
    • No operation of accommodation establishments (hostels, tourist bases, etc.), except hotels
    • Restaurants will operate only from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm.
    • Closure of night clubs
    • Travel in public transportation is limited only to seated passengers wearing masks that properly cover both mouth and nose.  Masks are mandatory on public transportation and in public places.  Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying.
  • In addition to the above restrictions, from November 14 until November 30, the Ukrainian government has introduced a “weekend quarantine,” which includes the following restrictions from Friday midnight until Sunday midnight:
    • Closure of all entertainment and shopping centers, gyms, and swimming pools
    • No public events
    • Limitation of restaurant operations to “takeaway” mode only
    • Only “essential” stores like grocery shops, banks, pharmacies, post offices, and gas stations will remain open

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • The Ministry of Health considers the United States a country with high incidence of COVID-19, also called a “Red Zone” country.  U.S. citizens entering Ukraine from the United States or another Red Zone country will be required to enter into self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at international airports in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Lviv.
    • The Ministry reviews the list of countries with high incidence every three days and publishes updates on its  website. S. citizens traveling to Ukraine should check the latest determination prior to travel.
    • S. citizens visiting Ukraine must demonstrate that they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while on the territory of Ukraine. You can find further details and exceptions from this requirement on the Ministry’s website. Ukrainian health insurance coverage can be purchased online –https://visitukraine.today/
    • 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
      • All passengers arriving at airports or land borders are subject to multiple temperature screenings.

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
    • U.S. citizens arriving from a Red Zone country are 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 hours 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 the 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 – COVID-19 NO or COVID-19 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.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • All passengers on public transportation must wear masks. The number of passengers in the transport vehicle cannot exceed the number of seats.

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Wearing masks is mandatory in public transportation and 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 American Citizen services have been suspended until further notice.  Limited emergency services will be provided as resources and local conditions allow.
  • Routine visa services remain suspended until further notice. The Embassy is processing only emergency immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

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