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Updated information on the requirements for entering Ukraine
18 May 2021 18:04

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine, the Government of Ukraine issued a Resolution No. 230 dated March 22, 2021 “Amended the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated December 9, 2020 No. 1236”, which provides as follows:

As of March 24,2021, all foreigners and stateless persons coming into Ukraine must, along with a mandatory health insurance policy, provide evidence that they have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before they cross the state border of Ukraine.

The following categories of foreigners and stateless persons are exempt from providing an insurance policy (certificate) and / or evidence of a negative / ’not detected’ PCR test for COVID-19:

  • foreigners, stateless persons permanently residing on the territory of Ukraine;
  • persons recognized as refugees or persons in need of additional protection;
  • employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices of foreign states accredited to Ukraine, official international missions, organisations, and members of their families;
  • drivers and crew members of freight vehicles, buses engaged in regular, irregular and pendulum transportations, members of air and sea crews, river vessels, members of train and locomotive crews;
  • servicemen (units) of the Armed Forces of NATO member states and countries participating in the NATO Partnership for Peace Programme training activities of units of the Armed Forces.

In the absence of an insurance policy (certificate) or a negative / ’not detected’ PCR test for COVID-19 for other categories of foreign travellers, the State Border Guard Service is entitled to refuse entry to Ukraine.

Please note that the Government of Ukraine also issued a Resolution No. 310 dated April 07, 2021 “Amended the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated December 9, 2020 No. 1236”.

These changes, inter alia, clarified the procedure for entry into Ukraine and requirements for self-isolation (observation) during the quarantine period:

  • children of foreign citizens/stateless persons under the age of 12 are exempted from the requirement to provide a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 (the requirement to have an appropriate insurance policy for this category of persons remains unchanged);
  • citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons permanently residing in Ukraine who cross the state border of Ukraine must undergo self-isolation, except for such persons (unless there are grounds to believe that they were in contact with person infected by COVID-19):
  • persons under the age of 12;
  • drivers and crew members of freight vehicles, buses engaged in regular transportation, crew members of aircraft and ships, river vessels, members of train and locomotive crews;
  • persons transporting hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation;
  • persons who have a negative / ’not detected’ Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19, which was carried out no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border.

Self-isolation, observation of the person stops in case of receiving a negative / ’not detected’ result of PCR test for COVID-19, taken after entering Ukraine.

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