The new rules of entry into Ukraine come into effect on 5 August. They are enshrined in Resolution No. 787 dated 28 July 2021.

When travelling to Ukraine, foreigners aged over 12 must have a COVID-19 insurance certificate and one of the following documents to cross the border:

  • A negative PCR test for COVID-19 done no more than 72 hours before crossing the border.
  • A negative rapid SARS-CoV-2 test done no more than 72 hours before crossing the border.
  • A document proving that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using vaccines recommended by the WHO.

If a foreigner aged 18 or older is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, he/she must self-isolate for ten days using the Vdoma app. Doing a test before departure to Ukraine does not exempt you from self-isolation. You must begin self-isolating 72 hours after crossing the border. You can stop self-isolating earlier if you do a PCR test or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 test in Ukraine. 

If a foreigner refuses or cannot install the Vdoma app, he/she will be denied entry into Ukraine. 

Learn more about the self-isolation rules and how to stop self-isolating earlier in the section ‘Vdoma App’.

Ukrainian citizens and non-residents who have a permanent residence permit can enter Ukraine without health insurance certificates and tests. However, they must begin self-isolating 72 hours after crossing the border and do so for ten days using the Vdoma app. You can stop self-isolating earlier if you do a PCR test or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 test in Ukraine.

At the same time, Ukrainian citizens and non-residents who have a permanent residence permit can avoid self-isolation if they

  • are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using vaccines approved by the WHO
  • left Ukraine before 4 August
  • are aged under 18

If Ukrainian citizens or foreigners cannot use the Vdoma app, they must undergo observation.

Everyone—regardless of citizenship—who come over from Russia or India and stayed in these countries for more than seven days over the last two weeks will be subject to more stringent self-isolation rules. Regardless of the vaccination or testing status, they must self-isolate for 14 days without any option to stop self-isolating earlier.

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 72 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 the required time, 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.

 

 

 

 

The new rules of entry into Ukraine come into effect on 5 August.