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.
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
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.
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.)
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.
List of Green Zone Countries for entry into Ukraine
accurate as of November 15
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
List of RED Zone Countries for entry into Ukraine
(as of November 15)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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
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
- 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
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.
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