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Ukraine Changed Border Crossing Rules

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.

When crossing Ukraine’s border, all foreigners must have one of three documents translated into English:

A negative PCR test for COVID-19 you have done no more than 72 hours before crossing Ukraine’s border.
A SARS-CoV-2 (RAT) antigen rapid test you have done no more than 72 hours before crossing Ukraine’s border as well.
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.

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:

A negative PCR test for COVID-19 you have done no more than 72 hours before crossing Ukraine’s border.
A SARS-CoV-2 (RAT) antigen rapid test you have done no more than 72 hours before crossing Ukraine’s border as well.
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.

Iuliia Tore