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January 20, 2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Ukraine is under an adaptive quarantine until February 28, 2021.
  • Wearing masks is mandatory on public transportation and indoor public places. Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying. Everyone should carry ID.
  • Effective on January 8 until January 24, the government has introduced stricter quarantine measures, which include:
    • Closure of:
      • All educational institutions, except for kindergartens
      • Cultural institutions, theaters, and cinemas
      • Gyms, fitness centers, and swimming pools
      • Non-food open markets
      • Limitation of restaurant, cafes, and catering establishments’ operations to “takeaway” mode only
      • No public entertainment, sports (with spectators), social events, and concerts
      • Only authorized establishments will be open in shopping and entertainment malls
    • Pharmacies, gas stations, banks, post offices, beauty/hair salons and barber shops (by appointment), and hotels (can serve food from 6 am until 11 am) will remain open.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Ukraine?    Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
    • Covid-19 tests are widely available at the expense of the individual. Average cost of a PCR Covid-19 test is 60 USD. Covid-19 test results are available within 24-48 hours and results are delivered via email and text message, as well as in person. The results are available in English.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Ukraine approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

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. U.S. citizens traveling to Ukraine should check the latest determination prior to travel.
      • U.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 –
    • 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

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 cannot exceed the number of seats.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

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

Consular Operations:

      • In response to the recent sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine, U.S. Embassy Kyiv has suspended routine American Citizen services until further notice.  We continue to provide limited emergency services as resources and local conditions allow.  The online appointment system is currently unavailable – if you need an emergency appointment, please send an email to with details of the request.
      • Routine visa services remain suspended until further notice.

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