Ukraine is open for tourism. Fully vaccinated travelers can enter without restrictions. Unvaccinated ones must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result performed no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border.
July 6 – Ukraine has extended its emergency COVID-19 lockdown categorization through August 31
The Ukrainian government has extended its “adaptive quarantine measures” through August 31 following a surge in COVID-19 cases in some regions of the country.
This type of adaptive quarantine allows authorities to ease restrictions in certain areas where caseload remains low.
“The current epidemic situation in Ukraine allows us to say that the whole country meets the indicators of the lowest epidemic danger,” said Viktor Liashko, Ukraine’s health minister.
However, the Minister emphasized that COVID-10 has not been defeated. “We should not forget that COVID-19 has not been countered. None of the European countries where the situation with both disease and vaccination improved has completely lifted restrictive measures,” said the minister.
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.
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.
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, it is. Americans are required to submit proof of a negative COVID-9 test result or a document confirming the receipt of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19.
Additionally they must purchase travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
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.
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 July 6, the country has confirmed 2,238,364 positive cases and 52,504 deaths. Data suggest Ukraine has overcome the 2nd wave of the infections.
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)