ukraine reopening again to foreigners

Ukraine remains open for tourism along with strict local lockdown

Visitors from red-zoned countries will need to either take a test on arrival or agree to quarantine. Travelers from green-zoned countries are exempted from both.

From January 8 to January 24 the country will be under strict nation-wide quarantine. Most businesses are closed but hotels and airports remain open.

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Ukraine Reopening – Latest Updates

Update January 23

The country is currently under a strict lockdown that includes most businesses, even restaurants and cafes. The harshest measures will be in place until January 28, while others will continue until February 28.

Update November 25 – Current COVID situation in Ukraine

As of November 25th, Ukraine has reported 662K COVID cases and 11,492 deaths caused by the virus. The daily infectious rates are still increasing and there currently are between 10k – 15k cases. (Source: Wikipedia)

Covid-19 situation in Ukraine

Requirements for green-listed countries that can enter Ukraine

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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.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • CAR
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • DRC
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Eswatini
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Finland
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Gayana
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • UAE
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Requirements for red-listed countries that can enter Ukraine

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 on a weekly basis. 

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.

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belize
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Is a COVID-19 test necessary 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.

Can travelers 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 February 28. Las year, 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 January 23, the country has confirmed 1,182,969 positive cases and 21,662 deaths. 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.

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 November 25th, Ukraine has warning level 4, which means high-risk. (Source: CDC.gov)


Who is allowed to enter Ukraine now?

Citizens from all countries are allowed entry at the moment, for tourism, work and other reasons. Depending on the country they are coming from there may be additional requirements. 

Will travelers get a refund if flights are cancelled?

The situation at airports is stable right now. Concerned travelers should contact their airline and find out about their refund policies in exceptional circumstances.