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Ukraine has officially reopened for tourism on June 15, 2020, lifting the entry ban for foreigners and resuming commercial flights.

However, all nations are not welcomed in the same manner, and certain countries have restrictions while others do not. This article will go over the different zoning for countries currently allowed to enter Ukraine without a quarantine period and other restrictions.

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Tourist Entry Requirements for Ukraine

Currently all foreigners under normal immigration policies are permitted to enter, but the country they enter from will determine their entry requirements.

Urgent Update: Sept 27

*Reopening ALERT:

Ukraine is one again, for a second time, reopening borders on September 28, 2020.

On August 29 Ukraine shut borders for 30 days all tourism and foreign arrivals to help curb rising cases throughout the nation.

Now, as of September 28th, it is confirmed that Ukraine will once again REOPEN borders for tourism. The below country lists and entry rules are accurate and valid for the reopening. 

Zones

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has developed criteria for “zoning” countries depending on the spread of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.

They have created a ‘RED Zone’ country list and a ‘GREEN Zone’ country list. (Full list of countries below.)

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The “Red Zone” is defined by countries where COVID-19 cases numbers in the last 14 days are higher of cases numbers in Ukraine – or -countries where new case numbers have increased more than 30% in the last 14 days compared to the prior 2-week period. 

Tourists entering Ukraine from the “red zone” countries may still be permitted, but need to undergo quarantine for 14 days, OR, take a PCR test at an authorized lab.

The “Green Zone” countries are defined by having less than 40 active cases per 100,000 population – or – lower case rates than Ukraine.

Tourists entering Ukraine from the “green zone” countries do not need to quarantine.

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List of Green Zone Countries for entry into Ukraine

accurate as of November 15

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Barbados
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
CAR
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Cuba
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
DRC
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Eswatini
Equatorial Guinea
Fiji
Finland
Gabon
Gambia
Gayana
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
UAE
Uganda
Ukraine
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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List of RED Zone Countries for entry into Ukraine

(as of November 15)

Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
France
Georgia
Hungary
Italy
Jordan
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
North Macedonia
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
USA

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine is to expected update the number of active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in other countries every three days.

The above list is accurate as of October, but may have changed since publishing. You can review a copy of this HERE

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Red Zone Testing

If a tourists arrives from a red zone and does not want to quarantine for 14 days, they can also take a PCR test to cancel the quarantine early.

Here is the process:

  • Download “Dii Vdoma” mobile app with a Ukrainian SIM card/phone number. 
  • In the first 24 hours in Ukraine perform a PCR test in an authorized laboratory/clinic
  • After taking test the traveler must self isolate for 24-48 hours to wait for results.
  • The authorized lab will forward results to health ministry.
  • The health ministry will upload results to the Dii Vdoma app to the account that matches the traveler (by phone number) and the app will say if the traveler can stop isolation, or if they tested positive and have to complete 14 days of isolation. 

NEW: Red Zone Testing Option BEFORE Traveling

On August 1, 2020, residents coming from a RED ZONE country can now bring a negative PCR test with them, no older than 48 hours before arrival into the Ukraine, to bypass both the 14-day quarantine and the PCR testing within 24 hours of arrival rules listed above. 

The VisitUkraine site states:

“Also, a person can be free from self-isolation in Ukraine in case he/she has a negative test result for Covid-19 by PCR, which was passed no later than 48 hours before crossing the Ukrainian border (starting from 1/08/2020). Installing app “Dii Vdoma” is not required.”

Clarification: Citizens and Nationals of the “red zone” countries do not need to undergo quarantine if they physically arrive from the “green zone” countries and are able to prove they have physically been in the “green zone” area for the last 14 days.

For example: If an American (who is on the red list) has been in Montenegro (who is on the green list) for the past 14 days and will come to Ukraine directly, they are permitted and treated as a ‘Green Zone' traveler.

Other Entry Requirements For Ukraine:

  • All tourists, whether on the red or green zone lists, must show proof of health insurance (with covid coverage) in order to be granted entry into Ukraine. The government site VisitUkraine is selling policies 
  • All tourists may be subject to health screening and or thermal scans upon arrival in Ukraine.
  • Tourists (and residents) are to wear masks at all times in/on: public transit, stores, gas stations, banks, pharmacies, etc

What’s Open in Ukraine:

  • All public transportation
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants and coffee shops
  • Church services
  • Sporting events without spectators
  • Day care centers
  • Swimming pools and sports gyms (except group classes larger than 10 people)
  • Inter-regional transportation, including passenger rail travel on Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways)
  • Cultural institutions
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Can I cross the land border by Car or Train into Ukraine?

Yes. Many of the land borders have also reopened. A full list can be seen here.

Have Flights Resumed to Ukraine?

Yes. International flights have resumed as of June 15. You can now fly into Ukraine from all over Europe on a daily basis. Canada resumes their direct flight from Toronto to Kyiv on July 19. Flight resumtions have not yet been announced from the U.S.

Read More: We have complied a complete list of all countries reopening to tourists worldwide! 

Disclaimer: Ukraine’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Article originally written and published June 24 2020



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