Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (January 12, 2022)
Event: The Department of State continues to advise U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Ukraine due to increased threats from Russia. Concerning reports of further unusual Russian military activity near Ukraine’s borders and in occupied Crimea continue, and U.S. citizens are reminded the security conditions may change with little or no notice. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that further Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine would severely impact the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens in departing the country. For more information, please review the latest travel advisory on Ukraine’s country information page and the information on what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas.
Ensure that your U.S. passport is valid and has at least six months validity. If you are visiting or living in Ukraine, and have not yet enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), we strongly encourage you to do so. STEP is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Benefits of Enrolling in STEP:
- Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
- Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
- Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Stay informed, stay connected, stay safe!
Actions to take:
- Visit the Embassy’s webpage to view the most recent safety and security alerts for U.S. citizens.
- Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
- Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Familiarize yourself with information on what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Get the COVID vaccine to facilitate your travel.
- Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is located at 4 A.I. Sikorsky St., Kyiv, Ukraine and is open Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Regular services are provided only by appointment. Adults can now also renew their passports by mail.