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Ukraine Eases Entry Requirements For Travelers, Vaccinated Can Skip Testing

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Not a week seems to go by without more and more countries loosening their travel restrictions in one way or another – especially in Europe. Following on from the news that both Spain and France are to allow vaccinated travelers to enter, Ukraine too has joined the fray, and is set to welcome travelers into the country – providing they are vaccinated or have taken a negative test.

For vaccinated travelers, the deal is even sweeter, as they are able to enter without a test beforehand. Here’s everything you need to know about this, including eligibility and the Covid-19 situation in the country.

Ukraine Eases Entry Restrictions For Travelers, Vaccinated Can Skip Testing

No Testing For Vaccinated Travelers

Like most countries around the world, the worst of the pandemic is behind Ukraine, and now the focus has switched to reigniting tourism once more. On June 9th, Ukraine made wholesale changes to their immigration policies, with travel to the country now much more achievable than it has been for months.

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According to the recent resolution by the government, it is now possible for foreign travelers to enter the country providing that they possess the following:

  • a policy (certificate) of insurance issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine or a foreign insurance company that has a representative office in Ukraine or a contractual relationship with an insurance company – a partner on the territory of Ukraine (assistance), and covers the costs related to the treatment of COVID-19, observation, and is valid for the entire period of stay in Ukraine
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This insurance can be purchased on the country’s Visit Ukraine webpage, and is required for all foreigners, regardless of their country of origin.

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In addition to this insurance, foreign travelers must also have one of these three documents in order to enter:

  • a document confirming the receipt of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 with vaccines included by WHO in the list of approved for use in emergency situations: Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, AstraZeneca/Covishield (India), AstraZeneca/SKBio (South Korea), Moderna, Sinopharm, CoronaVac (Sinovac); or
  • a rapid test for the SARS-CoV-2 antigen (RAT) that was done no more than 72 hours before entry; or
  • a certificate of a negative PCR test result done no more than 72 hours before the entry.
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Travelers must ensure that they take their PCR test prior to entering the country, as there is no possibility to do it upon arrival. Those who do not have the necessary documents outlined above will be denied entry to the country. Children under the age of 12 do not need a test or a vaccine certificate.

Those who are fully vaccinated with one of the six vaccine types listed above do not need to provide proof of a PCR test, and may enter with only their proof of vaccination and the mandatory insurance policy. Those who are seeking asylum, and people who are representatives of diplomatic organizations or international missions accredited in Ukraine may also skip the testing requirement.

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Those who are planning on visiting Ukraine should be aware that wearing face masks in public spaces is mandatory, as is carrying identification at all times. The country recently reopened nightclubs and allowed cafes and restaurants to open with extended hours, providing that they do so with no more than one person per 4 square meters of the area of the building.

living in ukraine as an expat

Read More:

Denmark Reopens to Vaccinated American Tourists

France Opens For Vaccinated Travelers Worldwide, Including Americans, June 9th

List of EU Countries Allowing American Tourists in 2021

Countries Open For Vaccinated Travelers: The Complete List

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D

Friday 11th of June 2021

The US Embassy in Ukraine just told me the following regarding CDC cards:

"It seems to be Ok. We would recommend also printing your VAMS vaccination certificate."

D

Friday 11th of June 2021

Everything seems to point to that the CDC card wouldn't be accepted. Is there clarification here?

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 11th of June 2021

From what we understand is the CDC card will be accepted until some sort of centralized digital method is available (similar to the EU's Digital Green Certificate)

Alex

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Have there been any Americans that have traveled since this latest update that can share their experience arriving into Ukraine? If vaccinated, did you run into any issues using your CDC Vaccination card? Trying to get some clarification on what is acceptable for proof of vaccination. Thanks!

garrytravel

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

I'm currently in Ukraine, and the mask thing isn't really taken seriously except in shops and transport. In the south, people don't even care about that. Barely any vaccinations and the covid rate is plummeting on its own, I guess due to seasonal warmth. Really the best time to visit Ukraine is now.