Updated on August 1
In Ukraine —
The adaptive quarantine in Ukraine has been extended to August 31.
Wearing masks is mandatory in public transportation and indoor public places. Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying. People should avoid crowds, stay 1.5 m (5 feet) apart, and wash their hands frequently. Everyone should carry ID.
Starting on July 31, Ukraine will be divided into four epidemiological zones – green, yellow, orange and red – based on hospitalization, testing and infection numbers. Restrictions vary by zone.
Green areas: masks required in public transportation and indoor public places, mass events – no more than 1 person / 5 sq. m., movie theaters at max 50% capacity, only seated passengers in public transport
Yellow areas: Green restrictions + nursing homes closed to visitors
Orange areas: Yellow restrictions + closed = accommodation facilities (hostels, tourist centers, etc., except for hotels), entertainment facilities, restaurants in the evening, planned hospitalizations, gyms, fitness centers, cultural facilities, new sessions at children’s camps, mass events – 1 person / 20 sq. m., & no more than 100 people
Red areas: Orange restrictions + closed = public transportation, schools, cafes, restaurants and shopping malls
Zones are updated every Friday and restrictions go into effect the following Monday.
Map for Aug. 3 – https://arcg.is/1jPqHf
What to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Ukraine – https://moz.gov.ua/koronavirus-2019-ncov
Covid-19 hotline: 1545
Entering Ukraine — https://visitukraine.today/
The Ukrainian Government designates countries as “Red Zone” or “Green Zone.” Red zone countries are those where: a) the number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the last 14 days exceeds the number of such cases in Ukraine; or b) there is a more than 30% increase in new cases of COVID-19 in the country in the last 14 days compared to the previous 14 days. The list will be updated weekly.
Travelers arriving from Red Zone countries must install the Dii Vdoma (Act at Home) mobile app (Ukrainian SIM card is required) [you can download it on Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ua.gov.diia.quarantine&hl=uk] and are subject to self-quarantine at a location of their choice or observation in a special medical facility for 14 days.
You have 24 hours after installing the app to arrive at the destination where you plan to self-isolate. The app sends push notifications to send selfies confirming your location – you have 15 minutes to do so. The local police are notified if the photo or geolocation do not match, if the app has been uninstalled or phone turned off. If you are unable to install the app, you must go to a designated facility for observation. The app is currently available only in Ukrainian.
If you take a COVID-19 PCR test at a certified laboratory in Ukraine and receive a negative result you do not have to continue medical observation / self-isolation. The list of certified labs can be found on the website of the Center of Public Health (CPH) of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
Labs send the results to the CPH, where they are compiled and forwarded to the Ministry of Digital Transformation. Users who test negative then receive a message on the Dii Vdoma app that they can end self-isolation /observation. The phone number provided when taking a COVID-19 test must match the number used to install the Dii Vdoma app.
The new rules also allow for a negative PCR test taken 48 hours or less before crossing the state border as grounds for not having to undergo observation /self-isolate.
The following airports offer Covid-19 testing:
- Kharkiv airport: performed by MTM medical center; Check-in desk #20, Terminal A first floor; Price: 1,800 UAH from 08:00–21:59, 2,100 UAH from 22:00–07:59; Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat – 11:30-22:30 /
Thur, Fri, Sun – 11:30-02:00; Payment: cash or card
- Kyiv Boryspil airport: Check-in desk 48 Fast Line, Terminal D third floor; Price: 1,500 UAH; Payment: card
- Lviv airport: Performed by UNILAB; Price: 1,500 UAH; Results can be obtained in Ukrainian, Polish or English; Payment: online at https://www.unilab.com.ua/index.php/ua/covid-19/2-uncategorised/69-coronavirus;
- Odesa airport
Citizens of Red Zone countries who spent the last 14 days prior to entering Ukraine in a Green Zone country are not subject to self-quarantine / observation.
Foreign travelers to Ukraine from both red and green zone countries must have medical insurance that covers all COVID-19 related treatment. The policy must be issued by insurance companies registered in Ukraine or foreign companies with a representative office in Ukraine or a contractual relationship with a partner insurance company in Ukraine and be valid for the duration of stay in Ukraine.
Ukrainian health insurance coverage can be purchased online – https://visitukraine.today/
The United States is considered a Red Zone country. As such, U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Ukraine so long as they have medical insurance that covers all COVID-19 related treatment expenses and are subject to mandatory 14-day self-quarantine / observation or negative Covid-19 PCR test.
Several airlines have resumed flights to Ukraine. Due to low demand, the number of flights have been limited while others are offering flexible conditions for trips, including refunds for canceled flights.
Leaving Ukraine – https://tripadvisor.mfa.gov.ua/?page_id=1973
39 countries currently allow tourists from Ukraine: Afghanistan, Albania, Antigua and Barbados, The Bahamas, Belarus, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Comoro Islands, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Maldives, Mexico, Montenegro (only by air), North Macedonia, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, US, Zambia.
Requirements for visas and Covid testing vary by country.
Croatia requires Ukrainian tourists have a negative Covid-19 test done within 48 hours of arrival.
Montenegro & Albania require 14 day self-isolation
From July 31 – August 31 Bulgaria will allow Ukrainians to enter without a negative Covid-19 test or quarantine.
The EU Council on July 30 updated its list of “safe” countries and recommended that its member states open their borders to travelers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China on condition of reciprocity.
The EU will allow Ukrainians to enter for study, business, work, health care, diplomacy, transit and trucking. Documented proof of need to enter is required. Border guards at different checkpoints may interpret rules differently.
It is unlikely that the Schengen area will open its borders to unrestricted travel from Ukraine in the near future. The EU takes into account economic, social and epidemiological factors: the number of new coronavirus cases in the last 14 days and per 100,000 population should be near or below the EU average.
Entry requirements change on a daily basis. Check with local authorities for country-specific regulations.
More coronavirus-related travel information can be found on the sites below:
U.S. Embassy in Ukraine:
Ukrainian government links:
- **VISIT UKRAINE – Entry/Exit Requirements for Foreign Travelers**
- Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine – Current information about coronavirus and quarantine in Ukraine
- Ministry of Health of Ukraine
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukrainе – country-by-country entry rules for visitors from Ukraine
- Cabinet of Ministers Resolution on COVID-19 Quarantine
- Re-Open EU – entry requirements for EU countries
IATA Interactive Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Regulations Map
- Kyiv Boryspil Airport
- Kyiv Zhuliany Airport
- Lviv Airport
- Kharkiv Airport
- Odesa Airport
- Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)
- Azur Air
- CSA Czech Airlines
- Sky UP Airlines
- Turkish Airlines