Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (April 5, 2020)

Location:  Ukraine

The Government of Ukraine introduced new stricter measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which will go into effect on Monday, April 6th.  In addition to the previously reported restrictions below, officials will take people’s temperatures in order to enter Kyiv, and food establishments and stores may also require temperature checks for entry.  Other restrictions are as follows:

  • Individuals are not permitted in public places without a mask or a respirator.
  • Moving in groups of more than two is prohibited, except in cases of work need or accompanying children.
  • Persons under 14 years of age are not permitted in a public location unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • Visiting parks, squares, recreation areas, forests, and coastal areas is prohibited, except for walking pets.
  • Visiting sports and children’s playgrounds is prohibited.
  • It is prohibited to leave your established quarantine location without permission (for individuals that have been ordered quarantined by the Ukrainian government.) 
  • Individuals are prohibited from visiting facilities and institutions that provide palliative care, social protection, and social services.
  • All people must have an identification document with them at all times when outside.
  • All individuals arriving to Ukraine from abroad will be placed under 14-day observation (except for diplomats, representatives of the international organizations, truck drivers, and plane and ship crewmembers if there is no reason to believe that they have been in contact with an infected person.)

At this time, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is still pursuing evacuation options.  We will notify the American community as soon as possible if an option becomes available.  There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance, and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.  If a flight becomes available and you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future.

Please note that cost and final destination of a potential evacuation flight are still unknown.  All passengers will have to sign a promissory note to repay the U.S. government for the cost of their tickets before boarding.  The price for a ticket has also not been determined but will be set at Fair Market Value.  The price will be the same for all passengers signing the promissory note (DS-5528).

Please email us at immediately if you have not done so already if you intend to take an Embassy-arranged evacuation flight to the United States should it be successfully arranged.  We will strive to give as much advance notice as we can, but you need to be prepared to travel on short notice. The flight would depart from Kyiv.  If you are not in Kyiv, please let us know if you may need assistance getting here, and we will review possible options.

Your email message should include the following information:

  • Your full name as spelled in your passport
  • Information we can use to contact you now – a current phone number and email address.
  • Your date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Your passport number, and its date of issuance and expiration.  If it is not a U.S. passport, please note the country that issued it.  Please also note any non-U.S. citizen immediate family members traveling with you.
  • Please note your current location (city and country) and any special needs you may have, such as medical issues.
  • Your travel plans and whether or not you are requesting financial assistance from the U.S. Government (please be aware that financial assistance is a loan and must be repaid).

Please also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

General quarantine procedures in Ukraine have been extended through April 24.  Additional information on COVID-19 in Ukraine is available at the Embassy’s webpage.

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