ukraine reopening again to foreigners

Ukraine is open for tourists with vaccine certificate or Covid test

Ukraine is open for tourism. Fully vaccinated travelers can enter without restrictions. Unvaccinated ones must must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result performed no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border.

Also, all travelers must purchase a health insurance policy that covers COVID-19

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Ukraine Reopening – Latest Updates

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June 18 – Ukraine to implement “green” level of restrictions through August 31

Ukraine started easing restrictions on June 7 when it first allowed fully vaccinated travelers to enter the country without restrictions. 

Effective June 17, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine extended its “green level of quarantine” through August 31, 2021. This means that people who have received two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine can continue entering the country without any requirements. 

Additionally, authorities downgraded the whole country from yellow to green risk. 

Under the new rules, visitors are allowed to attend restaurants and cafes until 23:59 and go to concerts wearing a face mask.

On August 31, authorities will review these rules and probably adjust them. 

(Source: U.K. embassy)

June 2 – Ukraine may ease restrictions for festivals this summer

By using their new “Adaptive quarantine” that categorizes the territory into green, yellow, orange and red zones, Ukraine could ease restrictions for large gatherings this summer.

The proposal comes from the Ministry of Culture and Information Oleksandr Tkachenko who asked the government to allow fully vaccinated locals and visitors to attend music and other concerts this summer. 

Also, people who can produce a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before the event might also be eligible. 

The Ukrainian government has not made a decision just yet.

(Source: Last official government meeting

May 18 – Ukraine has created a new adaptive quarantine restriction system for COVID-19 containment

Last week Ukraine implemented a new “adaptive quarantine regime” for COVID-19 in order to further help reduce spread of the virus.

The new system color-coded the country into green, yellow, orange and red zones. The color corresponding to each area will depend on testing, number of immunized people, local morbidity rates and local hospitals’ capacity.

As of yet, all areas of Ukraine, including Kyiv, have been classified as yellow. This means that all restaurants, cafes, and bars must close from  00:00 to 07:00, public transport, except for metro trains, is limited to 50 percent capacity, and face masks are mandatory in all public transport, public buildings, and indoor spaces.

May 1 – Ukraine to secure 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

With a population of almost 50,000 million inhabitants (including Crimea and Sevastopol), only a total of 752,293 Ukrainians have received their first vaccine dose against COVID-19 as of today, according to the country’s Health Ministry. 

However, the government has just signed a contract with Pfizer to secure 10 more million doses. “We signed a contract. Hence, we will receive a total of 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine this calendar year,” said the Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.

Although this is great news for the country, this also means that the real vaccination rollout may be starting in 2022.

March 27 – Mandatory Health Insurance

Effective March 24, all international visitors regardless of the country of arrival to enter Ukraine, must bring a health insurance policy that covers COVID-19 associated risks. The insurance company that issues the policy must be also registered in Ukraine. 

Is Ukraine open for American tourists?

Yes, Ukraine is open to Americans. However, the U.S is ranked by the Minister of Health as a “Red Zone” country. This means Americans are required to submit proof of a negative COVID-9 test result, buy insurance that covers COVID-19, and undergo a mandatory self-isolation..

Visitors from the U.S. can bypass the quarantine if they take an additional COVID-19 test on arrival at the Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Lviv airports. 

Requirements for green and red-listed countries

Visitors from all countries now must bring proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 PCR and health insurance that covers COVID-19.

What countries belong on the red or green list to enter Ukraine?

Ukrainian government has decided to give specific COVID-19 related instructions to visitors according to their country of departure. 

To learn about each country, click here.

Can travelers freely do tourism in Ukraine? 

The country has recently lifted its nation-wide lockdown but it does mean it can be enforced again. So when it is in place, it means that in some areas nightclubs, catering activities, as well as concerts, remain forbidden. 

COVID-19 cases in Ukraine 

As of June 18, the country has confirmed 2,228,192 positive cases and 51,952 deaths. Data suggest Ukraine has overcome the 2nd wave of the infections.

However, the situation is still one of great concern. Olha Holubovska, an infectious disease doctor has stated that if hospitals continue observing this growth of incidence, they will be forced to reconsider the indicators for hospitalization and hospitalize critically ill patients only.

Is it safe to visit Ukraine now?

According to the CDC, any kind of traveling to Ukraine now is not recommended due to the high infectious rate. As of June 2, Ukraine has warning level 4, which means high-risk. (Source: CDC.gov)