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How to safely visit and travel to Ukraine?
Martial law is in effect in Ukraine and air traffic has been suspended, however, the entry and exit of foreign citizens by land is allowed.
Checkpoints on the border with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova are open and safe. Checkpoints with the russia, Belarus and Transnistria are closed.
Crossing the state border of Ukraine is possible with:
• a valid passport document (the passport must be valid for the entire stay in the country);
! Citizens of Turkey and Georgia can enter Ukraine on the basis of an ID card.
• a residence permit, the term of which expired after February 24, 2022, gives the right to enter Ukraine;
• availability of an entry visa, if required;
• availability of a health insurance policy. Insurance in Ukraine is mandatory.
For journalists, reporters, correspondents, opinion leaders, as well as media representatives, this is enshrined in the Law of Ukraine on Insurance (Article 7).
Visit Ukraine also strongly recommends that you take out medical insurance covering military risks for the entire stay in Ukraine. This policy guarantees monetary compensation in the event of an accident as a result of hostilities, passive military risks, terrorist acts, including emergency care, outpatient treatment, hospitalization and repatriation of the insured person (or his body, in case of death) from the place of stay to the place of his permanent accommodation;
• all foreign citizens are also required to have an insurance policy covering the costs of treating Covid-19 in Ukraine (the norm is valid until June 30, 2023).
Recommendation! Be prepared to confirm the purpose of your entry and stay in Ukraine.
PREPARATION FOR A VISIT TO UKRAINE:
1. Check whether the Embassy of your country has resumed work on the territory of Ukraine. Write down his address and contacts so you always have access.
2. Make electronic copies of all your documents and store them on an electronic device.
3. Find out in advance the curfew time in the region where you are going.
4. Be ready for the sound of air alarms. The threat of a missile attack can happen in any region or city of Ukraine. Download the "Air Raid" mobile application (from Google Play Market or AppStore) to instantly receive notifications of air raid alerts in the selected city.
5. If possible, choose a hotel where you stay, with its own shelter or near a bomb shelter.
6. Give your relatives and loved ones a detailed itinerary of your trip, when and where you intend to stay or stop.
7. Be sure to take out medical insurance with extended coverage for the entire period of stay in Ukraine.
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App sends extremely loud notifications about air raid, chemical, technogenetic or other types of alert of civil defence even if your phone in soundless or sleep regime.
You can change region or disable notifications whenever you want.
• Always carry an identification document with you.
• Keep records of your blood type and possible health problems in your clothing pocket.
• Always keep your mobile phone and powerbank charged.
• Roadblocks have been installed on the roads of all cities of Ukraine. Be prepared to be stopped and checked for documents.
• Strictly follow the curfew. During the curfew, it is forbidden to be in public places, to move through the streets on foot or by vehicle.
• Do not wear army uniforms, camouflage clothing or clothing with chevrons.
• Do not take photos or videos of people in military uniform, roadblocks, any military vehicles or military equipment.
For additional questions about entering or staying in Ukraine, contact the VisitUkraine.Today hotline.
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- Dnipropetrovsk region – 23:00 - 5:00 (Dnipro and Kamyanske - 00:00 - 5:00);
- Chernivtsi region – 00:00 - 4:00;
- Vinnytsia region – 23:00 - 6:00;
- Volyn region – 23:00 - 5:00;
- Zhytomyr region – 23:00 - 5:00;
- Zaporizhzhia region – 22:00 - 5:00;
- Ivano-Frankivsk region – 00:00 - 5:00;
- Kirovohrad region – 23:00 - 5:00;
- Lviv region – 00:00 - 5:00;
- Mykolaiv region – 22:00 - 6:00;
- Odessa region – 00:00 - 5:00;
- Poltava region – 00:00 - 4:00;
- Rivne region – 23:00 - 5:00;
- Sumy region – 22:00 - 5:00;
- Ternopil region – 00:00 - 5:00;
- Kharkiv region – 23:00 - 5:00;
- Cherkasy region – 00:00 - 4:00;
- Chernihiv region – 22:00 - 5:00;
- Kherson – 19:00 - 6:30; Kherson region – 20:00 - 6:00;
- Khmelnytsky region – 23:00 - 5:00.
- Republic of Poland: Jagodyn (passenger cars are temporarily not allowed), Ustilug, Ugrinow, Rawa Ruska, Gruszew, Smelnica, Krakowiec, Shegyni.
- Slovak Republic: Maly Berezny, Uzhgorod (no pedestrian passage), Maly Selmentsy (open from 09:00 to 21:00).
- Hungary: Tisza (no pedestrian passage), Zvonkovoe (open from 08:00 to 19:00), Kosino (open from 08:00 to 20:00), Luzhanka, Wilok.
- Romania: Diakovo, Solotvino, Porubnoe and Krasnoilsk (NEW).
- Republic of Moldova: Mamalyga, Kelmenci, Rossoshany, Sokiriani.
- All checkpoints on the western border, except for those indicated, operate 24 hours a day.
- Checkpoints with russia, Belarus and Transnistria are closed.
• Inform the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine about the movement of Russian troops, saboteurs and equipment
• Report to the National Police about enemy road markings and the movement of Russian troops
- • Queues at international checkpoints: regular updates
- • Queues at checkpoints TO ENTER Ukraine: useful resources for tracking congestion
- • Important information and contacts about crossing the Ukrainian border
- • Search and purchase of railway tickets
- • Volunteering in Ukraine: a list of opportunities
- • Online consultations of doctors
- • Explosion hazard: a site with tips on what to do in case of finding unexploded ordnance
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Rules, useful information and insurance
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- What COVID documents do I need to have with me when entering Ukraine now?1. If you are a foreigner (stateless person) and have a permanent residence permit in Ukraine, you have the right to enter freely without providing certificates, certificates or quarantine.2. If you are a foreigner (stateless person with a temporary residence permit in Ukraine), you must have:• a health insurance policy covering the costs of Covid-19 treatment in Ukraine (mandatory regardless of vaccination status and number of doses received) issued by a Ukrainian insurance company or a foreign insurance company with a representative office in Ukraine; and one of the following documents:• a document confirming vaccination against COVID-19 with vaccines approved by the WHO for use in emergencies (valid for 270 days); or• a digital COVID certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 (valid for 180 days); or• a negative result of a PCR test or rapid antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before entry.
- In what language are certificates accepted?The certificate can be in Ukrainian, English or Russian. A certificate of vaccination in English or with an English translation.
- What vaccines does Ukraine recognize?The country recognizes the vaccines included by the WHO in the list of those authorized for use in emergencies. Currently, these are: Pfizer / BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria, AstraZeneca / Covishield (India), AstraZeneca / SKBio (South Korea), Moderna / Spikevax, Sinopharm (Vero Cell), CoronaVac (Sinovac).
- Is it safe to visit Ukraine during the war?Recently, the number of foreign travelers has increased in Ukraine. They visit the country for various purposes: volunteering, participating in humanitarian programs, filming reports or documentaries, setting up a business, etc. There are currently no cities in Ukraine that are completely safe. And although the main fighting is concentrated in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine, the entire country is subject to regular rocket attacks.
- What are your safety recommendations before traveling to Ukraine?Here are some important tips:• Make electronic copies of all documents and save them on your electronic device so that you always have access to them.• Find out in advance the curfew time in the region where you are going.• Install the Air Alert app on your smartphone and, upon receiving the signal, immediately go to the nearest shelter. You should also do the same if you hear the corresponding signal on the street.• When choosing a hotel, consider the availability of bomb shelters.• Inform your family and friends about your route and keep in touch with them.• Take out health insurance with extended coverage.
- Do foreigners need to register their stay in Ukraine?No, if the period of stay in the country is no more than 90 days. If a foreigner arrives for a period longer than 90 days, in this case, he or she needs a temporary or permanent residence permit, as well as registration at the place of residence.
- Can I enter Ukraine with an expired residence permit?Yes. Foreigners (except for citizens of the Russian Federation) and stateless persons have the right to enter and legally stay in Ukraine if they have a temporary or permanent residence permit that has expired or is subject to exchange after February 24, 2022.
- How to enter Ukraine with pets?Currently, entry to Ukraine with pets is subject to a simplified procedure. Pet owners must provide the following documents to customs:• a veterinary passport of the European standard or a certificate of animal health;• proof of valid rabies vaccination;• a document on the animal's chipping.
- How do I enter Ukraine with my own car with foreign registration?
- Foreign citizens can import cars with foreign license plates into the territory of Ukraine exclusively for their own use. To cross the border in a car with foreign registration, you need the following documents:• foreign passport;• driver's license;• certificate of registration for the car with valid insurance;• international automobile insurance card "Green Card".Important: foreign nationals with a residence permit in Ukraine may import a car with foreign license plates for their own use after a written declaration and payment of customs duties.
- What happens to foreigners and stateless persons who are not allowed to enter Ukraine?Foreigners and stateless persons who are not allowed to enter Ukraine, when attempting to enter Ukraine at a checkpoint across the state border of Ukraine, do not cross the state border of Ukraine and return as soon as possible to the state from which they came or to the state that issued their passport document. If it is not possible to return a foreigner or stateless person immediately, they stay at the checkpoint across the state border of Ukraine until their return.
- What should I do if I have been banned from entering Ukraine?If you become aware of a ban on entry to Ukraine while trying to pass passport control at the border of Ukraine, you should politely ask for a decision to refuse to cross the border, indicating the specific reason for the entry ban. You can appeal the decision to deny entry within 30 days from the date of familiarization with it. It is strictly forbidden to argue with border guards or violate the rules of stay at the checkpoint, otherwise you may be held administratively liable. You should remember the rules of staying at the checkpoint.
- Is insurance required to enter Ukraine?All foreign citizens are required to have an insurance policy covering the costs of Covid-19 treatment in Ukraine.
- For how long do I have to take out an insurance policy?According to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 1236, an insurance policy must be issued for the entire period of stay in Ukraine. The minimum period is not specified.
- Where can I get acquainted with the terms of the coronavirus insurance contract?You can familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of the insurance contract on our website in the section on insurance policy issuance.
- Is it necessary to buy an insurance policy for children?Yes, if a child has foreign citizenship, regardless of age, he or she must have an insurance policy for the entire period of stay in Ukraine.
- If I have a residence permit in Ukraine, can I not buy an insurance policy?Citizens with only a permanent residence permit do not need to purchase an insurance policy.
- I am a foreign citizen, can I buy a policy in Ukraine?No, the insurance policy must be presented at the border control.
- What is war risk insurance and what war risks does it cover?This policy guarantees monetary compensation in the event of an accident as a result of military operations, passive military risks, terrorist acts, including emergency care, outpatient treatment, hospitalization and repatriation of the insured person (or his/her body in case of death) from the place of stay to the place of his/her permanent residence.
- Who can take out insurance?The insurance policy applies to foreign nationals, citizens of another state and stateless persons. There are no age restrictions: minors and people over 70 can buy insurance. In addition, insurance is mandatory for journalists, reporters, correspondents, opinion leaders, and media representatives. This is enshrined in the Law of Ukraine on Insurance (Article 7).
- What is the territory covered by the insurance policy covering war risks?The insurance policy is valid on the territory of Ukraine, except for the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as the territories of direct combat operations (front line).
- Are there any restrictions on the validity period of the insurance policy covering war risks?The insurance contract comes into force from the moment the insurance premium is paid in full, but not before the date and time of crossing the state border of Ukraine. You choose the duration of the insurance - it depends on the number of days of your stay in Ukraine.
- I can't pay for the insurance, what should I do?If your payment fails, we recommend contacting your bank, as they often do not trust payment systems. You need to confirm that it is you who is making the transaction.
- I have taken out insurance, but I have not received a code. What should I do?In this case, we advise you to reload the page, clear the cache, change the language on the page, or use a different browser.
- What should I do if the policy does not arrive at the specified mail for more than 30 minutes?Please contact the hotline and provide the data that was specified when applying for insurance.
- Do I need to print out the electronic policy?You do not need to print out the electronic insurance policy. It is enough to save it to your phone or tablet to always have access to the document and present it to border control representatives.
- What should I do if I have purchased a policy but my trip is canceled?Please inform the portal hotline about the reasons for the trip cancellation and we will be happy to reschedule the dates for you.
- What should I do if I provided incorrect data when applying for an insurance policy?You can always contact the portal hotline and we will make the necessary changes to the insurance policy free of charge and promptly.
The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.