On 7 June, the government of Ukraine changed the border crossing rules for foreigners and Ukrainians. From now on, besides a negative PCR test result, you can produce a rapid test result or a vaccination certificate to enter Ukraine.

What documents should you have on hand?

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. Upon arrival at the airport, you must produce one of those three documents or self-isolate for 14 days.

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.

Where can I learn more about the rules for crossing the border of Ukraine?

  1. Visit the website Visit Ukraine

+38 (066) 673-96-46 (around the clock)

info@visitukraine.today

  1. Contact the Consultation Centre of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

+38 (044) 527-63-63 (Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm)

adpsu@dpsu.gov.ua

What if you do not have the above documents?

Unfortunately, you will be denied entry into Ukraine. You will have to return to your country of origin.

What are the rules for those who have returned from abroad?

Option 1: During the border control, you can produce one of the three documents:

  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.

Option 2: If you do not have the above documents, you can self-isolate for 14 days using the application Vdoma. If you cannot install the application for some reason, you will be sent to observation.

Is it possible to stop self-isolating early?

Yes, it is. For this purpose, a citizen of Ukraine needs:

  • Undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 at one of the accredited laboratories.
  • Fill in the form at the laboratory, specifying the exact date of crossing the border, the country of departure, and the contact phone number used to register for the Vdoma app.

If your test is negative, then:

  • The laboratory will enter the result into the electronic system of the Public Health Centre of Ukraine.
  • Data automatically synchronize with the Vdoma app.
  • The app will send a notification about the end of your self-isolation.
  • You can stop self-isolating.

Where can I learn more about the rules for crossing the border?

  1. Visit the website Visit Ukraine

+38 (066) 673-96-46 (around the clock)

info@visitukraine.today

  1. Contact the Consultation Centre of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

0-800-218-808 (toll-free)

1598 (for mobile phones)

adpsu@dpsu.gov.ua

work schedule: Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

3.Use the Telegram chatbot of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Telegram: https://t.me/dpsu_assistant_bot

Website: https://dpsu.gov.ua

Who must install the application?

All citizens of Ukraine crossing the state border, except for:

  • Children under 12
  • Ukrainians who produced their vaccination certificates, negative PCR tests, or SARS-CoV-2 (RAT) antigen rapid tests they have done no more than 72 hours before crossing the border.

How do I install the app?

In arrivals halls, information stands will offer QR codes to download the app. But we recommend that you install the app in advance in the App Store or Google Play so as not to cause queues at passport control.

How do I register for the app?

  • Enter the mobile phone number you’ll be using for the next two weeks.
  • Enter the access code from the SMS you’ll receive to the specified number.
  • Enter the data according to the document you use to enter Ukraine: surname, name, passport series and number.

When do I have to be home?

Once your passport control is over, a representative of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine will ask you to show the app screen to verify the data. As soon as he/she does that, tap the button ‘Checked by a border guard’. From now on, you have 24 hours to get to the place of self-isolation.

When does self-isolation start?

  • As soon as you arrive home, tap the button ‘I’m already there’ and enter your address.
  • Submit your photo using the suggested function in the app. The first photo you took when registering will be considered to be your reference photo. AI will compare this photo with the next photos to check whether you’re home or not.

Once these two steps are complete, the app will open the main screen with the day counter—this means that your self-isolation has started. After 14 days, you’ll see a corresponding message.

When can I stop self-isolating?

Once the term has expired, you’ll see the message ‘Your self-isolation or observation period has expired’ instead of the counter. After that, you can go outside.

If upon arrival you underwent a PCR test to end your self-isolation early and it turned out to be negative, the result will be automatically added to the app after a while. You’ll receive a notification ‘Your self-isolation or observation period has expired’.

What to do if I have problems with the app?

Contact the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine for help at

+38 (044) 207-17-48.

Or use the support chatbot of the Vdoma app at https://chat.diia.gov.ua.

It is now possible to cross the border of Ukraine by producing a negative rapid test result or a certificate on vaccination series.