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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: August 26

*CLOSURE ALERT: Ukraine is shutting its borders for all tourism and foreign arrivals from August 29 to at least September 28to help curb rising cases throughout the nation.

The below information is valid prior to August 29, but will be ‘on hold' during the closure after August 29. 

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” countries are defined by having more than 55 active cases per 100,000 population. 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. 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 August 21

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Botswana
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
CAR
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
DRC
Egypt
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gayana
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Laos
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Somalia
South Korea
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Timor-Leste
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
UAE
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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List of RED Zone Countries for entry into Ukraine

(as of Aug 21)

Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belize
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Eswatini
Equatorial Guinea
Gambia
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Iraq
Israel
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Libya
Luxembourg
Maldives
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Namibia
North Macedonia
Oman
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
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 August 14, but may have changed since publishing. You can review a copy of this list directly, or see if there are any newer versions here or 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. 

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 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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