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January 16, 2021

Entering Ukraine during the COVID-19 quarantine: frequently asked questions

1. Can foreign citizens enter Ukraine?
2. When and by which document were the current regulations for foreigners entering Ukraine during the COVID-19 quarantine introduced?
3. What is required for foreigners to travel to Ukraine during the quarantine?
4. Who can issue such an insurance certificate?
5. Can I get health insurance online?
6. Who does not need an insurance certificate?
7. What is “Diy Vdoma” (Act-at-home)? What do you need to register in it?
8. How do I know if I need to go into quarantine (self-isolation)? How long does it last?
9. How is it decided which countries belong to the so called “red zone”?
10. Where can I find the current list of “red zone” countries?
11. Who does self-isolation not apply to?
12. Can I get tested for COVID-19 to avoid quarantine (self-isolation)?
13. Can I get tested for COVID-19 at home, in my country?
14. Where can I get tested in Ukraine?
15. Can I get tested for COVID-19 at the airport in Ukraine?
16. Are there ways to end self-isolation earlier?

 

1. Can foreign citizens enter Ukraine?

Yes, under the effective regulations, foreigners are allowed to enter Ukraine.

2. When and by which document were the current regulations for foreigners entering Ukraine during the COVID-19 quarantine introduced?

The most recent changes were introduced by the Resolution of the Ukrainian government No. 888 as of 28 September 2020.

3. What is required for foreigners to travel to Ukraine during the quarantine?

Foreigners need to have an insurance certificate covering COVID-19 treatment and observation, valid for the whole term of their stay in Ukraine.

4. Who can issue such an insurance certificate?

Such a certificate can be issued by:

  • an insurance company registered in Ukraine, or
  • an international insurance company having a representative office in Ukraine, or
  • an international insurance company having a contractual relationship with a partnering insurance company in Ukraine (‘assistance’).

5. Can I get health insurance online?

Yes, some authorized insurance companies offer such an option. Please note that you may need to show a printed copy of the certificate when entering Ukraine. Since it may take some time for an insurance certificate to be issued, we highly recommend obtaining it beforehand to avoid any issues.

6. Who does not need an insurance certificate?

The following categories of people do not require a health insurance certificate to enter Ukraine during quarantine:

  •  foreigners permanently residing in Ukraine;
  • employees of foreign diplomatic missions and consular institutions, employees of the representative offices of official international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine, and members of their families;
  • Servicemen of the Armed Forces of NATO member-states and member-states of the Partnership for Peace programme, who train Ukrainian Armed Forces divisions.

7. What is “Diy Vdoma” (Act-at-home)? What do you need to register in it?

“Diy Vdoma” (Act-at-home) is a mobile app that enables people coming to Ukraine to avoid observation (staying in a medical facility under supervision) through self-isolation in the place of their choosing. Upon registration and logging in at the self-isolation venue, app users receive regular notifications requesting a selfie. Geolocation has to be enabled at all times during the self-isolation period. Previously, it was only possible to register in the app using a Ukrainian phone number. According to recent information, there are now no restrictions as to the phone numbers that can be used.

8. How do I know if I need to go into quarantine (self-isolation)? How long does it last?

If you are arriving from one of the so called “red zone” countries, you are obliged to self-isolate in Ukraine for 14 days. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine updates the list of “red zone” countries every 7 days.

9. How is it decided which countries belong to the so called “red zone”?

A country is deemed to have significant COVID-19 spread, i.e., belong to the “red zone” if one of the following is true:

  • The number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people registered during the last 14 days in the given country is greater than the corresponding number for Ukraine;

or

  • An increase of over 30% in the new COVID-19 cases is registered during the last 14 days (as compared to the previous 14 days).

10. Where can I find the current list of “red zone” countries?

The updated list is published on the website of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine every 7 days; click here for the most recent list.

11. Who does self-isolation not apply to?

Under the current regulations, there are some categories of people who are not obliged to self-isolate; click here for the full list.

12. Can I get tested for COVID-19 to avoid quarantine (self-isolation)?

Yes, a negative PCR-test is sufficient grounds for avoiding self-isolation or ending it earlier.

13. Can I get tested for COVID-19 at home, in my country?

Yes, you can get tested in the country you are coming from, but not more than 48 hours prior to crossing the Ukrainian border.

14. Where can I get tested in Ukraine?

You should receive information regarding the medical institutions where you can have a PCR test done under the Act-at-home program when registering in the app. The full list of such healthcare facilities is available here.

Be sure to notify the personnel at your chosen healthcare facility that you are undergoing self-isolation under the Act-at-home program, and provide the phone number you used to register in the app. This way, the test results will be processed and reflected in the app.

15. Can I get tested for COVID-19 at the airport in Ukraine?

Yes, there are points of PCR testing at Kyiv Boryspil airport, so you can get tested upon arrival or before departure.

16. Are there ways to end self-isolation earlier?

Yes, self-isolation can be ended after one receives negative PCR test results.

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