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Ukrainian Government lifts entry restrictions for foreigners travelling to or through Ukraine (Updated 29.09.2020)
28 August 2020 15:36

On September 28, 2020, the temporary entry restrictions for foreigners and stateless persons travelling to or through Ukraine, introduced earlier by the Government of Ukraine, have been lifted.

Foreigners and stateless persons are now allowed to cross the border into Ukraine provided they have an insurance policy certificate issued by a Ukraine-registered insurance company, or a foreign insurance company with an office in Ukraine or a contractual partnership with one of the Ukraine-registered insurance companies. The policy must cover the potential costs of COVID-19 treatment, observation, and be valid for the period of intended stay in Ukraine.

The requirement to present the proof of insurance at border crossing does not apply to:

foreigners and stateless persons with permanent residency permit on the territory of Ukraine;

persons recognized as refugees or those in need of subsidiary protection;

staff members of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, missions of international organizations accredited in Ukraine, as well as their family members;

military personnel of NATO and "Partnership for Peace” program member-states, who take part in trainings for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

There is a general requirement for all persons (citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons) arriving in Ukraine from countries with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, as well as for foreigners who are citizens of such countries, to self-isolate upon arrival.

The list of countries considered as those with high numbers of COVID-19 cases is updated regularly and posted on the Ministry of Health of Ukraine official website: https://moz.gov.ua/

The requirement of self-isolation does not apply to the following categories of persons, unless there is a reason to believe they were previously in contact with those infected:

children under 12 years of age;

persons arriving in Ukraine to study in higher education facilities;

citizens of states with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, who have not been to these states 14 days prior to arrival, or are in transit through the territory of Ukraine and have papers proving them leaving the territory of Ukraine within two days after arrival;

staff members of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, missions of international organizations accredited in Ukraine, as well as their family members;

drivers and/or crew members of freight vehicles, buses on regular international routes, aircraft, sea and river ships, trains and locomotives;

instructors of the armed forces of NATO member states and NATO "Partnership for Peace" program member states, who participate in trainings for the Armed Forces of Ukraine;

cultural figures arriving at the invitation of cultural institutions as well as one accompanying person for each of them;

persons transporting hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation;

persons who have proof of negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 done no more than 48 hours prior.

Persons who self-isolate after crossing the state border of Ukraine must install and activate the appropriate mobile phone app. Those who cannot do that are subject to observation.

Rules of crossing checkpoints into/out of the temporary occupied territories of Ukraine

Foreigners and stateless persons are allowed to cross checkpoints into/out of the temporary occupied territories of Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, provided they meet the requirements of the “Procedure for entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it” (Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #367 June 04, 2015) and the “Procedure for the entry of persons, transfer of goods to temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the departure of persons and transfer of goods from these territories” (Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #815, July 17, 2019) and have an insurance policy certificate issued by a Ukraine-registered insurance company, or a foreign insurance company with an office in Ukraine or a contractual partnership with one of the Ukraine-registered insurance companies. The policy needs to cover the costs of COVID-19 treatment, observation, and has to be valid for the period of intended stay in Ukraine..

There is a general requirement for all persons (citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons) crossing the checkpoints into/out of the temporary occupied territories of Ukraine to self-isolate. The exceptions to these are the same as listed above.

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