COVID-19 travel restrictions: Ukraine

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on January 10, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Ukraine?

You can enter Ukraine. Nevertheless, please note that covid-related restrictions are in place.

Please be aware that foreign travelers have to obtain insurance to cover COVID-19 medical expenses in Ukraine. You can purchase this insurance on the official state website (see the link below).

Can I enter Ukraine if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Ukraine if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have had a complete vaccination course at least 14 days before arriving in Ukraine.

As of December 2021, the following vaccines are approved in Ukraine:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
  • CorovaVac (Sinovac)

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you are vaccinated, you have to present:

  • A certificate confirming vaccination in paper or electronic format
  • Proof of insurance for COVID-19 medical expenses (see above)

Can I enter Ukraine if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Ukraine if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Surgical mask, passport and electronic Covid test certificate — ShutterstockIf you’re unvaccinated, you need to be able to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result upon entering Ukraine — Shutterstock

If you are unvaccinated, you have to present the following documents:

  • The negative result of a PCR test or rapid antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before entry OR proof of recovery from COVID-19 that is no more than 180 days old
  • Insurance for COVID-19 medical expenses (see above)

In addition, unvaccinated travelers have to download the Vdoma mobile application. It monitors any potential self-isolation period and gives you access to the results of any COVID-19 tests that you take in Ukraine.

Who cannot enter Ukraine?

Presently, special entry requirements apply to travelers coming from certain countries.

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from Russia and India are subjected to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation without the possibility of early termination.

From December 3, 2021, both vaccinated and unvaccinated foreign travelers are forbidden from entering Ukraine if they have been in any of the following countries in the previous 14 days:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Can I leave Ukraine?

You can leave Ukraine. See our list of the best winter getaways.

Can I leave Ukraine if I am vaccinated?

Vaccinated travelers can leave Ukraine. Please take some time to learn about the entry requirements of your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format

In addition, it is recommended that you check for requirements of negative test results. Certain countries demand tests regardless of vaccination status.

Can I leave Ukraine if I am unvaccinated?

Unvaccinated travelers can leave Ukraine.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary; please check the requirements of your destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Ukraine currently

A ferris wheel on Kontraktova Square in Kyiv — ShutterstockA Ferris wheel on Kontraktova Square in Kyiv — Shutterstock

Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Ukraine is moderate. More cities are being promoted from the status of “red” (high risk) zones to the statuses of “orange” and “yellow” zones.

Please be aware that a lot of recreational venues (concert halls, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.) permit entry only to fully vaccinated visitors or those with a negative COVID-19 test result. You can show your COVID-19 documents on entry in electronic or paper format.

FAQs

Is it safe to travel to Ukraine right now?

Your travel to Ukraine will be safe if you follow the main COVID-19 preventative measures, such as wearing masks indoors and keeping social distance.

Is Kyiv open for travel?

Kyiv is open to tourists now. Nevertheless, be aware that you will need a certificate of vaccination/recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result to enter most recreational venues.

Do I have to be quarantined if I go to Ukraine?

Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine in Ukraine. However, if you are unvaccinated, you have to self-isolate upon arrival for 10 full days. You can stop self-isolating sooner if you install the Vdoma mobile application and undergo a PCR test in a local laboratory within 72 hours of arrival. You will get the result in this application.
Please note that the rules are slightly different for unvaccinated arrivals from Russia and India:
  • The period of self-isolation is 14 days, instead of 10
  • The period of self-isolation is mandatory — it cannot be terminated sooner with a negative test result
In addition, if Ukrainian citizens come from any of the following countries, they are obliged to self-isolate for 14 days:
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

How do I get a health pass to travel to Ukraine?

Currently, there is no common health pass for foreign visitors to Ukraine. You can present your proof of vaccination in paper or electronic format.
The Vdoma application is useful for unvaccinated visitors needing to show their COVID-19 test results.

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