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October 2, 2020
- 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 assigns 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.
- Ukraine is under an adaptive quarantine until October 31, 2020.
- 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? 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 –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.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- 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 tests are widely available at the expense of the individual. Average cost of a PCR test is 60 USD.
- 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 in public transportation and indoor public places. Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying.
- 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.