Updated on January 17 (source: https://covid19.rnbo.gov.ua/)
Cases: 1,160,682 +5990 / Active cases: 273,920 -2900 / Recovered: 865,960 +8777 / Deaths: 20,802 +113
ENTERING UKRAINE — https://visitukraine.today/
** A nationwide lockdown will be in place January 8-24. Scroll down for information on what will be open and closed **
MANDATORY MEDICAL INSURANCE
Foreigners coming to Ukraine must have medical insurance that covers all COVID-19 related treatment and observation for the duration of their stay in Ukraine.
The policy must be issued by
- an insurance company registered in Ukraine; or
- a foreign insurance company with a representative office in Ukraine or a contractual relationship with a partner insurance company in Ukraine.
Ukrainian health insurance coverage can be purchased online – https://visitukraine.today/
This requirement does not apply to:
- foreigners and stateless persons permanently residing in Ukraine;
- refugees and persons needing additional protection;
- employees of diplomatic missions and consulates, representative offices of international missions and organizations accredited in Ukraine, members of their families;
- military of NATO member states and Partnership for Peace member states participating in the training of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
RED AND GREEN ZONE COUNTRIES
The Ukrainian Government designates countries as either “Red zone” or “Green zone” depending on COVID-19 case numbers.
Red zone countries are those where 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.
The list is updated weekly.
See the current list (as of January 7) of Red Zone and Green Zone countries on the Ukrainian Ministry of Health website.
Current RED ZONE countries (66):
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kiribati, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, Niue, North Korea, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, UAE, UK, Uruguay, USA
Travelers from red zone countries are subject to self-isolation at a location of their choice or observation in a special medical facility for 14 days unless they arrive with a negative covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours of crossing the border. A COVID-19 PCR test can be taken in Ukraine to shorten this 14-day period.
The self-isolation rule does not apply to:
- persons under the age of 12;
- persons coming to Ukraine to study at an institution of high education;
- citizens of countries with significant spread of COVID-19 who have not have been on the territory of those states in the last 14 days or are transiting through Ukraine and have documents confirming they will leave Ukraine within two days;
- employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, representative offices of official international missions and organizations accredited in Ukraine, and members of their families;
- drivers and crew members of freight vehicles, buses engaged in regular services, crew members of aircraft and ships, river vessels, members of train and locomotive crews;
- instructors of the armed forces of NATO member states and member states of the NATO Partnership for Peace program participating in the training of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
- cultural figures at the invitation of a cultural institution together with one person accompanying each of them;
- persons transporting hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation;
- persons with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before crossing the border.
These rules will apply through the end of the quarantine that is in effect until February 28, 2021.
DII VDOMA (ACT AT HOME) MOBILE APP
Travelers from Red Zone countries who do not arrive with a negative COVID-19 test result must install the Dii Vdoma (Act at Home) mobile app.
You can download the app on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ua.gov.diia.quarantine&hl=uk
You have 24 hours after installing the app to arrive at the destination where you plan to self-isolate. The app sends push notifications for selfies confirming your location – you have 20 minutes to do so. Local police are notified if the photo or geolocation do not match, if the app has been uninstalled, or the phone has been 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 – an English version is being developed.
A Ukrainian SIM card is required to use the app. Future versions should work on non-Ukrainian SIM cards.
Contact your airline about purchasing a Ukrainian SIM card.
For questions about the Dii Vdoma app contact the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
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.
In case of a negative result, the labs enters the information into an online platform which syncs with the Dii Vdoma app hourly. Users 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 following is not recommended before taking the test:
24 hours – drinking alcohol
6 hours – using nasal drops or sprays
4 hours – eating, drinking, smoking, gargling, brushing your teeth, chewing gum, candies
AIRPORTS OFFERING COVID-19 TESTING
Kharkiv airport (HRK)
- Location: Ticket office #20, Terminal A ground floor
- Price: starting at 1,200 UAH
- Hours: 9 am – 11 pm daily
- Payment: cash or card
- Test reform form
- Results in English and Ukrainian
- Contacts: +38 (093) 737-77-56 / testpcr.airport [@] gmail.com
- More info – https://hrk.aero/en/flying-safely-with-kharkiv-airport/
Kyiv Boryspil airport (KBP)
- Location: 2nd floor of Terminal D passenger (domestic flight departure area)
- Samples are taken 24/7 by airport medical station personnel and processed by the following labs: Dila, Adonis, Medlab, Esculab, Universum Clinic, IMMD
- Prices are set by each lab (range from 900 – 1500 UAH)
- Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org / +38 044-281-72-35 / +38 063-980-67-47
- More info – https://kbp.aero/en/covid-19-general-information/
Lviv airport (LWO)
- 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
- More info: https://www.lwo.aero/en/Covid-19
Odesa airport (ODS)
- Performed at the airport first aid post by CSD Medical Laboratory 24/7
- Price: 1800 UAH
- Contacts: +380(67)815-6557
- More info: https://testcovid19.com.ua/odessa
The United States is considered a Red Zone country. As such, U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Ukraine as 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 a 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. Check with your carrier as flights may be cancelled due to local coronavirus restrictions.
IN UKRAINE — Коронавірус_інфо Telegram
An adaptive quarantine is in effect through February 28, 2021.
Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth is mandatory on public transportation and in public places. Effective November 21, the fine for not wearing a mask is 170 – 255 UAH (~US$5-$9). People should avoid crowds, stay 1.5 m (5 feet) apart, and wash their hands frequently. Everyone must carry ID.
As of November 13, all of of Ukraine is considered an orange zone (previously there were four epidemiological zones: green, yellow, orange, red).
The following restrictions are in effect as of December 19:
- No cultural, religious, sporting and other public events with more than 20 people (except for certain sporting competitions without spectators, notary exams, government events) and 1.5 meters between participants
- Cinemas and cultural establishments are limited to 50% capacity in each hall
- Museums, exhibitions and galleries are limited to no more than 1 person/10 square meters
- Restaurants are closed from 11 pm (last payments at 10 pm) until 7 am (except for delivery and takeaway)
- No more than 4 adults at a table and a distance of at least 2 meters between tables in dining establishments
- No operation of accommodation establishments, except hotels and rehabilitation centers
- Night clubs are closed
- Travel in public transportation is limited to seated passengers (except for the metro)
- Indoor religious events can have no more than 1 person/5 square meters; outdoors – 1.5 meters between people
- Gyms and fitness centers can have no more than 1 person/ 20 square meters
- No visitors to social protecting centers (for the elderly, war veterans, disabled, etc.) and places of temporary stay of foreigners and stateless persons
- Classes in schools are limited to 20 people, except for preschools, general secondary schools, extracurricular and specialized art schools
- Instruction at preschools, general secondary schools, extracurricular and specialized art schools is cancelled if more than 20% of students and staff are self-isolating
Outdoor Christmas trees/markets are allowed, but concerts, entertainment, holiday parties are not.
A nationwide lockdown will be in effect January 8 – 24, 2021
The following will be closed/not permitted:
- schools and universities (except for kindergartens)
- cafes, bars, restaurants (except for delivery and takeaway)
- all public events (entertainment, sporting, social, promotional, etc.)
- malls (except for stores in the ‘permitted list’)
- cultural institutions and public cultural events
- gyms, fitness centers, pools
- stores (except those in the ‘allowed’ list)
- non-food open markets (food markets will operate with restrictions)
- sale of non-food items in supermarkets (batteries, household cleaning products, socks, light bulbs, candles, etc.)
The following will be open/permitted:
- public, intercity and interregional transportation
- sale of food
- sale of medicine, medical devices, veterinary drugs
- sale of personal hygiene products, household cleaning products, communication devices, pet food, printed publications
- auto repair shops
- gas stations (food marts will be closed)
- post offices
- beauty salons and hairdressers (by appointment only)
- hotels (dining facilities will operate from 6 – 11 am only)
- professional sporting events without spectators
- ski resorts
- Kyiv: outdoor ice skating rinks and attractions (no more than 20 skaters at once, 1.5 meters between visitors, no markets, no food or drinks sold)
What to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Ukraine – https://moz.gov.ua/koronavirus-2019-ncov
- If you have signs of an acute respiratory infection (cough, fever, tiredness, etc.) – call your family doctor
- If you or a family member in addition to those symptoms are experiencing trouble breathing, high fever, diarrhea, feeling faint – call the emergency medical dispatch service x103
- The dispatcher will determine whether to send an ambulance
- Air out your premises and put on a mask in preparation of the ambulance’s arrival
- The ambulance workers will assess your condition and decide whether you should to be hospitalized and whether to send someone to administer a COVID-19 test
Ukrainian Ministry of Health COVID-19 24-hour hotline: 0-800-60-20-19
Country-specific entry rules for Ukrainians can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website – https://tripadvisor.mfa.gov.ua/?page_id=1973
Requirements for visas and COVID-19 testing vary by country and change frequently. Check with local authorities before traveling.
Some rules for popular vacation destinations include:
From December 28 – March 1, 2021 all foreigners traveling to Turkey by air must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of crossing the border. Starting on December 30, foreigners entering the country by land can also take a PCR test at the border. Travelers who refuse the test will be required to quarantine for 14 days. This requirement does not apply for transiting passengers.
Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers to the USA are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
From January 14-31, 2021 Croatia will require that foreigners coming from countries with the new coronavirus strain have a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 48 hours of arrival and isolate for 14 days. That length can be shortened by taking a COVID-19 PCR test after day 7. Ukrainians traveling to Croatia for an emergency (funeral, medical treatment) do not need a negative test if they leave the country within 12 hours. Ukrainians are not allowed entry to Croatia for tourism purposes. More information on entering Croatia – https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212
Slovenia requires Ukrainian tourists have a negative COVID-19 test done within 48 hours of arrival. The list of Ukrainian laboratories approved by the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food of Slovenia can be found here. More information on entering Slovenia – https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/
Albania requires 14 day self-isolation.
Starting on November 11, passengers over the age of 11 flying from Ukraine to France will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the flight.
From October 1 – November 30 Bulgaria will allow Ukrainians to enter with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of crossing the border.
As of September 1, all tourists to Egypt must present a negative coronavirus test taken no later than 72 hour before crossing the border. Read (in Ukrainian) the requirements for the test result certificate here.
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.
For more coronavirus-related travel information visit:
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
***This is an informational page only. Check with local authorities and your airline before traveling***