ukraine reopening again to foreigners

Ukraine Opened Borders for Tourism Again with New Restrictions

Ukraine has just reopened borders for tourists coming from 143 countries. The largest all-at-once reopening seen since the world started lifting lockdowns and entry restrictions.

The country has put in place a Green and Red category strategy based on the spread of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. 

But before you start packing, there are several restrictions you will need to be aware of EVEN IF you are coming from a “Green” country. So keep reading and we will tell you the steps you need to follow to be granted entry to the territory, even if you belong in the red list. 

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Requirements for green-listed countries

If you are visiting Ukraine from a green-listed country, you won’t need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine. However, you are required to purchase an insurance policy covering COVID-19 treatment and observation. Said policy must be issued by a Ukraine registered company.

  • Austria
  • Guyana
  • Ecuador
  • Denmark
  • Romania
  • India
  • Armenia
  • Iceland
  • North Macedonia
  • Belize
  • Portugal
  • Dominican Republic
  • Morocco
  • United Kingdom
  • Bolivia
  • Albania
  • Honduras
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Jamaica
  • Nepal
  • Georgia
  • Namibia
  • Tunisia
  • Russian Federation
  • Suriname
  • Mexico
  • Iran
  • Philippines
  • Venezuela
  • Guatemala
  • Slovakia
  • Greece
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Canada
  • Eswatini
  • Italy
  • Estonia
  • Jordan
  • Belarus
  • Norway
  • Turkey
  • Lithuania
  • Germany
  • Bulgaria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Poland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Kazakhstan
  • El Salvador
  • Liechtenstein
  • Indonesia
  • Botswana
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • Serbia
  • Bangladesh
  • Lesotho
  • Myanmar
  • Republic of The Gambia
  • Ethiopia
  • Mozambique
  • Singapore
  • Zambia
  • Algeria
  • Cuba
  • Latvia
  • Uganda
  • Tajikistan
  • Seychelles
  • Uruguay
  • Mauritania
  • Japan
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Senegal
  • Nicaragua
  • Pakistan
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Angola
  • Kenya
  • Bhutan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Cameroon
  • Barbados
  • Republic of Korea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • San Marino
  • Malaysia
  • Ghana
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Madagascar
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Haiti
  • Burkina Faso
  • Togo
  • Congo
  • Antigua And Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Egypt
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Afghanistan
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Sierra Leone
  • Central African Republic
  • Nigeria
  • South Sudan
  • Mauritius
  • Sri Lanka
  • Chad
  • Benin
  • Mali
  • Eritrea
  • New Zealand
  • Somalia
  • Malawi
  • Liberia
  • Sudan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Yemen
  • Burundi
  • Mongolia
  • Thailand
  • Niger
  • China
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Viet Nam
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Saint Lucia
  • Timor-Leste

Requirements for red-listed countries

If you are visiting the country from a red-listed country or if you are transiting through one of those, you can still be granted access. But, in order to do so, you will need to take a COVID-19 PCR – polymerase chain reaction test UPON arrival and self-isolate. Results will be emailed to you within 24 hours and, if everything is fine, you can resume your trip. 

Warning! – This Green-and-Red list is updated every 24 hours. 

Quick tip! – Policies purchased through the official website can be postponed in case you need to change your travel plans. Prices start at € 3 per 3 days of stay + € 0.72 for each subsequent day plus 8% for service. Get them here.

  • Israel
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Montenegro
  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Spain
  • Peru
  • Bahamas
  • Czech Republic
  • Kuwait
  • Panama
  • France
  • Brazil
  • Maldives
  • Colombia
  • Republic of Moldova
  • United States of America
  • Luxembourg
  • Cabo Verde
  • Paraguay
  • Iraq
  • Oman
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malta
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Chile
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar
  • Hungary
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Monaco
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Vanuatu

Can I freely do tourism in Ukraine? – What does the adaptive quarantine imply? 

ukraine reopening - new travel restrictions

The Cabinet of Ministers has recently decided to extend their “adaptive quarantine” until October 31st. Maxym Stepanov, The Ukrainian Minister of Health, stated that these measures had to be taken due to a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and asked Ukrainians to understand that they are living in a new reality and the new rules have to be strictly followed.

Although the country has just widely reopened for tourism, the adaptive quarantine is still in place. Meaning that in some areas nightclubs, catering activities, as well as concerts, remain forbidden. 

What is the current COVID situation in Ukraine?

The pandemic situation in Ukraine does not seem to be under control yet. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that Ukraine is facing a shortage of medical supplies such as masks, protective suits, and ventilators. As of October 1st, the country has confirmed 208,959 positive cases and 4,129 deaths. Over the last 24 hours, authorities have reported 4,027 new cases and 64 deaths, doubling the figures the country was reporting last week. Unfortunately, data suggest Ukraine is still on the upward side curve of the pandemic curve. 

The situation seems to be 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.  

Our friendly suggestion 

  • Depending on your country of origin or transit you may either need a COVID-19 test or not. As the list is updated every 24 hours, we strongly suggest you to consult your embassy on the day of your trip.

Information below was up to date as of September 15th

Ukraine, the Eastern European country known for its cultural heritage, and the richness and diversity of its local cuisine, has just put a stop to our plans to visit. The Cabinet of Ministers has recently decided to extend their “adaptive quarantine” until October 31st, and temporarily restrict foreigners and stateless people from entering the country until September 28th. Maxym Stepanov, The Ukrainian Minister of Health, stated that these measures had to be taken due to a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and asked Ukrainians to understand that they are living in a new reality and the new rules have to be strictly followed.

As a foreigner or a national, can I enter during this period? What will happen if my flight gets cancelled? What requirements and restrictions should I expect at the airport?

Who is allowed to enter Ukraine now?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, has stated that the country’s borders are open for all Ukrainian citizens and for a few others who fall under the following categories.

– Family members. Non-Ukrainian spouses and/or children of Ukrainian citizens are allowed entry as long as they show proof of their marriage or, in the case of children, a birth certificate. This benefit also applies to non-Ukrainian parents and grandparents of a Ukrainian citizen with a valid document proving their relationship.

– Legal-relatives-only. Fiancés, friends or even in-laws of Ukrainian citizens won’t be able to enter the country.

Non-Ukrainian legal residents. If you hold a temporary or permanent residence permit you are allowed entry. 

High-skilled/ technical workers can be admitted provided that they are officially invited by national enterprise’s representatives. 

Higher education students are welcome to retake their studies in Ukraine. To be able to do so they will have to be invited by the Ministry of Education and Science, possess a residence permit, or have been granted a student visa.

Sporting or cultural figures officially invited to participate in national events in the country will be admitted (check the appropriate authorities to find out about additional requirements).

Note: In addition to particular requirements, non-Ukrainians allowed in the country will need to show proof of health insurance by an insurance company with offices in the country.

Can I get a refund if my flight is cancelled?

In case you do not fit the profile to travel right now, you should contact your airline and find out about their refund policies in exceptional circumstances.

Likewise, if your trip has a scale in this country, you should reroute to avoid it, there will be NO EXCEPTIONS for foreign travelers who need to transit through Ukraine.

COVID-19 test – Do I need one to enter Ukraine? 

The COVID-19 situation in Ukraine varies widely from one state to another. Nowadays, the country is divided into four epidemiological zones (green, yellow, orange, and red). Then, depending on the “zone” you want to travel to, you will find different types of restrictions. 

Regarding the COVID-19 test you have 2 options:

  1. You submit proof of a specific negative type –PCR– polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 test, taken 24 hours before arrival or,
  2. You can take one test upon arrival and go into quarantine. Results will be emailed to you within 24 hours and, if everything is fine, you can resume your trip.