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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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