Ukraine is shutting its borders for all tourism and foreign arrivals from August 29 to at least September 28, to help curb rising cases throughout the nation.
“In order to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 in Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs proposes introducing amendments to Cabinet of Ministers resolution No. 641 of July 22. The draft provides for a temporary ban on entry into the country for foreigners and stateless persons, except for certain categories of persons. It also adjusts the order for persons crossing checkpoints on the contact line and the administrative border with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and specifies the category of persons subject to self-isolation.”
– said the Minister of the Interior, Arsen Avakov
There will be some exceptions to the ban, but not for general tourists and visitors, who will be denied entry as of August 29.
Ukraine has been a haven for couples separated by travel bans, as they have been allowing visitors from almost every nation worldwide, albeit with different entry requirements like PCR testing for arrivals from high-risk areas.
Travel Off Path has been seeing a huge trend in American travelers using Ukraine as a meeting place for reuniting with loved ones effected by travel bans throughout Europe, but will now find themselves locked out of Ukraine as well.
Ukraine has seen a ‘second-wave’ surge in cases since reopening for tourism back in June, which has prompted the government to seal up the country, stopping most foreign arrivals.
The ban coming into effect on Saturday will stop tourists from all countries, even low-risk nations, from entering Ukraine. Any traveler with upcoming flights or hotel bookings past August 29 should contact their airline and accommodation provider to cancel itineraries.
The border closure will include all foreigners entering by both land and air.
Exceptions to the ban
Here are the types of passengers into Ukraine who will not be affected by the new ban, coming into effect on August 29:
- Permanent residents of Ukraine
- Diplomats on political visits
- Passengers in transit with proof on onward travel
- Servicemen in the Ukrainian Armed Forces
- Students with valid educational visas
- Medical tourism visitors with surgeries/treatments in Ukraine
- Persons invited by government
- Athletes in official sport competitions held in the country
- Airline crew
The government of Ukraine may still impose PCR testing and/or quarantines on each of the arriving passengers on the above approved list to limit the risk of news cases being introduced into the community.
The Prime Minister is expected to publish this resolution with more details on the entry of approved travelers on August 27th.
When will tourism resume again?
General tourism and foreign arrivals will be halted on August 29, with the ban lasting until at least September 28. The government is expected to review the ban late September and either reopen again for general tourism, or extend the ban further, depending on the epidemiological situation at that time.