Ukraine first reopened their borders for tourism on June 15, 2020. They discontinued their ‘green’ and ‘red’ zone lists in 2021, and have since been more welcoming to foreign visitors.
Here is all the latest information about traveling to Ukraine in 2022, including PCR testing rules, the mandatory state-run insurance required, and other travel rules you’ll need to know before you go.
Tourist Entry Requirements for Ukraine 2022
Countries Allowed To Visit Ukraine For Tourism in 2022
All nations are welcome to enter Ukraine for the purposes of tourism under normal immigration and visa rules.
Note: Passengers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are currently banned due to variant concerns.
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 or recovered will exempt passengers from testing rules.
Approved vaccines include: Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Jonhson & Johnson, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
Quarantine is not required for most visitors.
Unvaccinated citizens arriving from Russia must undergo a 14-day quarantine without the possibility of early termination.
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.
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.
Levels of Epidemic Danger
The restrictions in Ukraine vary depending on the region. There are four different levels of epidemic danger with corresponding regulations: green level, yellow level, orange level, and red level.
Green Level: Face masks are mandatory at all times.
Yellow Level: Face masks are mandatory at all times. No more than 4 people at a table in a catering establishment, and the distance between tables must be at least 1.5 meters. 50% occupancy of cultural establishments and cinemas.
Yellow Regions include: Vinnytsia, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Transcarpathian, Zaporizhzhia, Ivano-Frankivsk, KyivKyiv, Kirovohrad, Luhansk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, and Chernivtsi
Orange Level: Face masks are mandatory at all times. No more than 4 people at a table in a catering establishment, and the distance between tables must be at least 1.5 meters. 50% occupancy of cultural establishments and cinemas. Additional restrictions may be imposed by local authorities.
Red Level: Face masks are mandatory at all times. Catering establishments, accommodation services, entertainment and cultural institutions, gyms, non-food markets, and mass events are not permitted.
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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