June 18, 2021

Ukraine Changes Rules for Entering

On 16 June, the government of Ukraine cancelled mandatory self-isolation for Ukrainian citizens who return from abroad. The rules will apply as long as Ukraine falls within the ‘green’ quarantine zone. Foreigners still need to produce one of three documents to cross the border: a negative PCR test result, a rapid test result, or a vaccination certificate.

While Ukraine falls within the ‘green’ quarantine zone, Ukrainian citizens can return home without hindrance, as they do not need to produce additional documents and self-isolate. The previous rules will apply if Ukraine gets back to the ‘yellow’ zone.

When crossing Ukraine’s border, all foreigners must have one of three documents translated into English:

  1.   A negative PCR test for COVID-19 you have done no more than 72 hours before crossing Ukraine’s border.
  2.   A SARS-CoV-2 (RAT) antigen rapid test you have done no more than 72 hours before crossing Ukraine’s border as well.
  3.   A certificate on complete vaccination series with drugs included in the WHO list of vaccines against COVID-19 for emergency use.

Moreover, all foreign citizens and holders of temporary residence permits—without exception—must have a certificate of insurance for a period of stay in Ukraine to cover treatment for COVID-19 and observation.

Do these rules apply to citizens with a residence permit in Ukraine?

The rules depend on what kind of residence permit you have. Simplified rules apply to non-residents with a permanent residence permit and Ukrainian citizens. You do not need to have additional documents or self-isolate.

Non-residents with a temporary residence permit are subject to the same rules as foreigners: one of the three documents and a certificate of insurance must be produced to enter the country.

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