These days, many people have difficulties in getting information on quarantine restrictions and requirements during COVID-19, when crossing the border with Ukraine. Among the questions most often arise:
- Can I cross the border?
- Will it be necessary to undergo observation / self-isolation?
- Is a Health Insurance Certificate required?
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 the country of arrival to enter Ukraine must have a policy (certificate) of insurance issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine, and covers the costs related to the treatment of COVID-19, observation, and is valid for the entire period of stay in Ukraine
All foreign citizens, holders of a temporary residence permit, as well as stateless persons need to have one of the following documents:
• a document confirming the receipt of a full course of vaccination with vaccines that are included by WHO in the list of approved for use in emergency situations; or
• foreign COVID certificate confirming vaccination against COVID-19 with 1, 2 or more doses of vaccines that are included in the WHO list of approved for emergency use, or negative test result by PCR, or recovery from COVID-19; or
• a negative PCR test result or rapid test for the SARS-CoV-2 antigen (RAT, Ag) that was done no more than 72 hours before entry.
Tests for entry into Ukraine are not required for vaccinated persons and children under 12.
Foreign tourists over 18 years old who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus and cross the state border to enter must install the Vdoma mobile app, which monitors self-isolation, regardless of the length of stay on the territory of Ukraine.
Self-isolation is not required if you undergo PCR testing or a rapid antigen test within 72 hours of entry and get a negative result.
Unvaccinated citizens arriving from Russia must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine without the possibility of early termination.
From September 20, 2021, foreigners and stateless persons who enter Ukraine for the purpose of transit and have documents confirming their departure from the country within 48 hours are exempt from self-isolation and, accordingly, installing the Vdoma application and undergoing testing in Ukraine.
Up-to-date detailed information on changes in the border crossing procedure and changes in the rules of stay on the territory of Ukraine can be found on the Visit Ukraine information page.