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Ukraine Tourism Reopening – Latest Travel Restrictions For 2021

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Ukraine first reopened their borders for tourism on June 15, 2020, but now in 2021, they’ve changed all entry rules and regulations for foreign arrivals, including discontinuing their ‘green’ and ‘red’ zone lists.

Here is all the latest information about traveling to Ukraine in 2021, including PCR testing rules, the mandatory state-run insurance required, and other travel rules you’ll need to know before you go.

Ukraine Reopens Border For Tourism Again 2021

Tourist Entry Requirements for Ukraine 2021

Countries Allowed To Visit Ukraine For Tourism in 2021

All nations are once again welcome to enter Ukraine for the purposes of tourism under normal immigration and visa rules.

From June 2020 to March 2021, countries were divided into two lists/zones based on risk factors that had different entry requirements. Green list countries could enter test/quarantine free and red list countries were required to bring proof of a negative test.  On March 22, 2021 these lists were discontinued, and all countries are now bound by the same entry rules. Details below.

Note: Flights and passengers from India are temporarily banned.

Testing Required For Entry

All foreign passengers must provide proof of a negative PCR or Antigen test that was performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival in Ukraine.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the testing rule.

Proof of being fully vaccinated will exempt passengers from testing rules. More info below.

Testing rules for Ukraine 2021

Vaccination Rules/Exemptions

Starting June 2, 2021, Ukraine launched their vaccination exemption rules.

Passengers who can show they have received the full course of their vaccination treatment, with vaccines approved by the WHO, can enter Ukraine without testing or quarantines.

Approved vaccines includes: Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Jonhson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

Children under 12 do not need to comply.

Ukraine Has Reopened For Tourism – Everything You Need To Know

Mandatory Travel Health Insurance

All tourists entering Ukraine will first have to obtain their state-run travel insurance for the entire duration of their trip. Policies will need to be purchased before entering Ukraine and will be shown at the border along with the PCR test results.

The insurance can be easily purchased on Ukraine’s official travel portal and costs €3.3 Euro for the first 3 days of the trip, + €0.80 Euro for each additional day. An 8% service fee/tax is also applied for the total cost of the insurance.

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Note: For Ukrainian citizens returning home

Ukrainian citizens returning home have slightly different rules.

Instead of the 72-hour PCR test rule that is effect for tourists, returning citizens must have proof of a negative PCR test that was done a maximum of 48 hours before entry.

In the absence of the test, the national must install the application Vdoma and self-isolate for 14 days. Citizens do not need to buy an state-run insurance policy

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Masks in Ukraine

The wearing of masks in all public indoor and outdoor spaces is required. Children under 6 are exempt.

What’s Open in Ukraine:

Generally, most things have reopened in Ukraine, however visitors may notice reduced hours or reduced capacity limits.

Hotels, restaurants, public transit, salons, shopping malls, etc are all open. Note: Kiev has restrictions on some services until April 9, 2021.

There are no curfews or restrictions on movement in Ukraine.

Whats open in Ukraine
Read More:

A-Z list of countries open for tourists in 2021

Countries open with no testing/quarantines

Vaccinated Tourists: A list of countries making entry exceptions

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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.

Article originally written and published June 24 2020

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Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Hello Kashlee, Is Ukraine planning to have another lockdown at the end of September 2021 till spring 2022? I heard this somewhere but I don't know if this is correct news. Can you please confirm? Thank you

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

We have not heard this news, sorry

John Strom

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Kashlee, do those who are vaccinated still need that PCR test taken 48 hours before arrival. Your article is a bit vague but I think they don't. Just one less impediment to travel. Why would they mandate masks when outdoors? I can understand [a bit] wearing one indoors but outdoors there's lot of virus killing fresh air. TIA

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

No PCR test is required with proof of vaccination

John Strom

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

A bit confusing... If a tourist is fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine does he/she still need the PCR test that was conducted 72 hours before arrival?

Ukraine needs to scrap the face masks - it's like erecting a cyclone fence to stop a mosquito. The quickest way this Chinese Plague is going to end is to get on with life and reopen the world. Then, perhaps, 'reward' China for this plague that's taken hundreds of thousands of lives and $Trillions of dollars.

Christopher Sargeant

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

@John Strom, I believe airlines should take some responsibility for informing their passengers of the regulations needed to enter Ukraine and returning to the UK. They are quick to tell you flight information that involves paying for better seats, meals and extra luggage. They need to inform their clients of the dangers of turning up with insufficient documentation. I witnessed, first-hand, the confusion and utter lack of assistance at Kiev, Borispol airport. Passengers had arrived at the boarding gate to be told they cannot board due to either lack of a negative test result certificate or a completed Passenger Locator Form. Ground staff were less than helpful, escorting us out of the boarding gate, back to the entrance hall and pointing at the ticket office, thereafter being shunted to and from counters who didn't really care about our situation. The airline would not re-ticket for another flight even though the ticket was transferable and asked for cash as they said the card terminal was not working. If the situation had been pointed out at the security gate, or even passport control, there would have been time to get a rapid antigen test with a 15 minute result for anyone who didn't have a certificate. I agree that it is the passenger's responsibility to have the correct documents when flying, but surely the airlines should be much more helpful in insuring their passengers wellbeing and stop profiteering from those that have slipped up on their research.


Thursday 24th of June 2021

Hi i just wanna know please if Philippines can travel to Ukraine this days and please help me with the requirements.Thanks and stay safe.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Hi! All requirements are clearly listed out in detail on this article :) That's why we wrote it!

Kingsley Onyia

Monday 14th of June 2021

Please let me know when an update is available. Thanks