Ukrainian government lifts temporary entry ban for foreigners

Ukrainian government lifts temporary entry ban for foreigners

Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers has adopted several resolutions that change the requirements for entry into the country for foreign citizens and stateless persons.

Under the Government decree, No.477, the temporary entry ban for foreigners to Ukraine is no longer in force. At the same time, the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated June 12, 2020, No.480, stipulates that foreigners entering Ukraine must have appropriate medical insurance. People arriving from countries with high incidence of COVID-19 will be required to enter into self-quarantine.

In particular, according to the said resolution, during the period of quarantine, the crossing of the state border by foreigners and stateless persons (except for foreigners, stateless persons permanently residing in Ukraine, persons recognized as refugees or persons who need additional protection) is prohibited without medical insurance (certificate) covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment and observation while on the territory of Ukraine.

At the same time, a citizen (subject) of a country with a high number of COVID-19 infections, who has not been in that country in the previous 14 days, foreign diplomats and consular officials, representatives from accredited international missions and organizations and their family members, drivers and crew members of cargo transport vehicles, air, sea and river crews, members of train and locomotive brigades, participants in an external independent audit (with one accompanying person each), will not be required to undergo observation, unless there is a reason to believe that they have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient. Also, persons who agree to self-isolate using the Dii vdoma electronic service are not subject to observation.

A country is considered to have a high incidence of COVID-19 if it has at least 40 active cases per 100,000 population. The list of these countries will be provided to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine every three days by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Consequently, foreign citizens and stateless persons will be able to enter Ukraine from the date of entry into force of the decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of June 12, No.477 and No.480, given that they have legal grounds for entry, as stipulated in the Ukrainian border control law, and observe sanitary and epidemiological rules and norms.

Ukraine completely closed its borders to regular transport services, including air travel, on March 28 as part of the lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Ukraine started gradually easing restrictions on May 11.

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