Starting 00:00 on 28 August, the entry to Ukraine will be limited for foreigners and people without citizenship. The restriction will remain in force until 00:00 on 28 September. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine arrived at the decision on the back of the sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

However, the restriction does not apply to select categories of foreign residents:

  •   First-degree relatives of Ukrainian nationals.
  •   Those having a valid Ukrainian labour permit.
  •   Technical specialists invited by Ukrainian companies.
  •   Transit visitors having documents to prove they will be leaving Ukraine within two days
  •   International students arriving to study in Ukraine.
  •   Foreign nationals serving in the Ukrainian military forces.
  •   Temporary or permanent residents of Ukraine having a respective residency permit.
  •   Heads and members of official foreign delegations, international organizations’ employees and their companions, as well as other people invited to Ukraine by the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Office of the President of Ukraine, and the Ministry of International Affairs of Ukraine.
  •   Regular-transit long-distance lorry or bus drivers and/or team members; aircraft and sea/river vessel crews, as well as locomotive and train personnel.
  •   Cultural professionals invited by a cultural establishment, each with only one companion
  •   Participants of the official sports competitions held on the territory of Ukraine and their companions.
  •   People delivering haematopoietic stem cells for transplantation.
  •   Patients arriving to undergo treatment in the Ukrainian healthcare facilities.
  •   People recognized as refugees or those seeking additional protection.
  •   Diplomats, consulate employees, representatives of official international missions and organizations accredited in Ukraine as well as the members of their families, other people invited by the Ministry of the International Affairs of Ukraine.
  •   Military instructors of the NATO countries and the countries participating in the NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme involved in the military training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or invited by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Of these categories, the following can enter Ukraine without a health insurance certificate:

  •   Temporary or permanent residents of Ukraine having a respective residency permit.
  •   People recognized as refugees or those seeking additional protection.
  •   Diplomats, consulate employees, representatives of official international missions and organizations accredited in Ukraine as well as the members of their families, other people invited by the Ministry of the International Affairs of Ukraine.
  •   Military instructors of the NATO countries and the countries participating in the NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme involved in the military training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or invited by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Other categories of foreign nationals must have a health insurance certificate to cover potential COVID-19 treatment and observation. The certificate must be issued by a Ukrainian-registered company or a foreign entity having an office in Ukraine or a partnership with an insurance company based in Ukraine. Health insurance can be purchased on the Visit Ukraine website or at the Kharkiv International Airport before passing border control.

The restriction will remain in force until 00:00 on 28 September 2020.