The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday, August 26, decided to impose a ban on foreign citizens from entering Ukraine until the end of September. But some categories of foreigners do not fall under this ban.
“Given the level of morbidity, we must protect our fellow citizens and show responsibility to our foreign partners. The government will today consider the issue of closing the entrance for foreign citizens almost until the end of September,” Denys Shmyhal said.
The ban will be introduced from August 29 to September 28.
The entry into the territory of Ukraine will be denied to foreigners, except those who is one of the spouses, parents, grandparents or children of a citizen of Ukraine, studying in Ukraine, serving in the Armed Forces, have a residence permit in Ukraine, refugees, members of diplomatic missions, representatives of official international organizations, missions or members of their families, as well as drivers and crew members of vehicles, patients, professionals as well as for athletes and artists who come to Ukraine at the invitation of the companies or authorities.
At the end of August, Ukraine unexpectedly closed its borders for the entry of foreigners in order to protect itself from the outbreak of the epidemic, which could have been provoked by the Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman.
However, pilgrims used the right to transit (up to two days): for example, they arrived at the Boryspil airport and showed the border guard a ticket for a flight from Kyiv Airport, but after passing through passport control, they went on to Uman. Now entry on the basis of transit is expressly prohibited.
Ukraine International Airlines had to canceled flights on eight destinations, reduced their frequency on seven more destinations.
Starting from September 14, the following flights will be completely canceled: Kyiv-Zaporizhia, Kyiv-Madrid, Kyiv-Barcelona, Kyiv-Geneva, Kyiv-Delhi, Kyiv-Berlin, Kyiv-Chisinau, Kyiv-Athens (except for two flights).
Flights on the route Kyiv-Kherson will be canceled from September 20.
In addition, the airline reduced the frequency of flights on the following routes: Kyiv-Odesa, Kyiv-Paris, Kyiv-Dusseldorf, Kyiv-Brussels, Kyiv-Dubai, Kyiv-Istanbul, and Kyiv-Tel Aviv.