Travelling to Ukraine from abroad during COVID-19 pandemic
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The current rules for crossing the Ukrainian border are regulated by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated December 9, 2020 No. 1236, with the latest amendments dated December 6, 2021
From December 3, it is FORBIDDEN to enter foreigners and stateless persons who do not have a permit for permanent or temporary residence in Ukraine, and who have been for more than 7 days in the last 14 days on the territory of South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Kingdom of Eswatini, Mozambique, Republic of Malawi.
Exceptions: citizens of Ukraine; foreigners and stateless persons permanently or temporarily residing in Ukraine; spouses or children of citizens of Ukraine; employees of foreign diplomatic missions and consular posts, missions of international organizations accredited in Ukraine, and members of their families; other categories of foreigners and stateless persons in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – after entry, they must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
All foreigners, regardless of age and country of arrival to enter Ukraine must have an insurance policy (certificate) issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine or a foreign insurance company with a representative office in Ukraine or a contractual relationship with the insurance company-partner on the territory of Ukraine (assistance), which covers the costs associated with the treatment of COVID-19, observation, and is valid for the entire period of stay in Ukraine.
And also have one of these documents:
• document confirming receipt of a full course of vaccination from COVID-19 with WHO-approved vaccines for emergency use: Pfizer / BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria, AstraZeneca / Covishield (India), AstraZeneca / SKBio (South Korea), Moderna / Spikevax, Sinopharm, CoronaVac (Sinovac) - this can be an international, domestic or foreign vaccination certificate; or
• negative result of the rapid test for coronavirus antigen SARS-CoV-2 (RAT, Ag), made no more than 72 hours before entry; or
• negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before entry.
Recovery certificates and certificates of antibodies to COVID-19 are not accepted for entry.
Children under 12 do not need test certificates. Children from 12 to 18 years old will have to have one of the above documents, but are exempt from self-isolation with the installation of the app "Vdoma".
If the required vaccination certificate is not available, the foreigner (other than the categories of foreigners defined in the exceptions below) installs the application "Vdoma" and undertakes to begin self-isolation 72 hours after entry. During this time, the person will be able to either leave the country (without passing additional tests), or undergo PCR testing or perform a rapid test for antigen - in case of a negative result, self-isolation is not used.
If within 72 hours from the moment of crossing the border the country was not left or negative test result was not received - the person must isolate himself for 10 days in the place specified during the authorization in the application "Vdoma". It is also possible to stop self-isolation early, having received a negative result of the PCR test or the express test for antigen.
IMPORTANT! Unvaccinated citizens (with exceptions) who travel from Russia or India (including in transit) and have been on their territory for more than 7 days in the last 14 days will have to adhere to self-isolation for 14 days and will not be able to take a test in Ukraine to avoid or reduce self-isolation.
In case of impossibility or refusal to install the mobile application at home, the person will be denied crossing the state border.
Exclusion! Self-insulation is not applied for (the application “Vdoma” is not installed):
• persons under 18 years of age;
• heads and members of official delegations of foreign states, employees of international organizations, as well as persons accompanying them and entering Ukraine at the invitation of the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
• employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, missions of official international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine, and members of their families;
• persons who come to participate in official sports competitions held on the territory of Ukraine and their accompanying persons;
• servicemen (units) of the armed forces of NATO member states and member states of the NATO "Partnership for Peace" program, who participate in the training of units of the Armed Forces or arrive at the invitation of the Ministry of Defense;
• experts of border agencies of EU countries arriving in the framework of joint operations with the European Border and Coastal Defense Agency Frontex;
• members of official governmental and other delegations of Ukraine who return to Ukraine after short-term business trips abroad to participate in international consultations, negotiations, conferences, sessions of bodies of international organizations, meetings of intergovernmental commissions, other joint intergovernmental bodies;
• participants of external independent assessment, persons who intend to enter educational institutions, including courses (departments) in preparation for admission to state higher education institutions, applicants studying in educational institutions located in Ukraine, as well as parents (adoptive parents), guardians, trustees, other legal representatives or other persons authorized by parents (adoptive parents), guardians, trustees or other legal representatives accompanying such persons;
• drivers and crew members of freight vehicles, buses engaged in regular, irregular and pendulum transportation, members of air and sea crews, river vessels, members of train and locomotive crews;
• persons carrying hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation.