Entry to Ukraine during the war for foreigners: rules, useful information and insurance
During martial law, Ukraine's border is open to foreign citizens. However, those who want to come should know the current entry and security rules. Find out more about insurance in Ukraine during the war and border crossing rules
Many foreigners are actively helping Ukraine during the war. Non-residents 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 missile attacks.
What should a foreigner take care of before traveling to Ukraine and how to prepare? Read on.
Rules for entering Ukraine
The border of Ukraine is open, the rules of entry have remained unchanged, there are no restrictions on the entry of foreigners into the country due to martial law.
After crossing the border, foreign citizens must comply with the norms of migration legislation and apply to the state authorities in advance and, if necessary, submit documents to extend the period of stay or to issue documents for residence.
Please note! As of July 1, all covid restrictions and quarantine measures have been lifted in Ukraine. A PCR test and proof of vaccination are no longer required to enter the country. Read more about the lifting of covid restrictions here.
Insurance in Ukraine for foreigners in times of war
The ongoing war in Ukraine is causing significant destruction, damage to property and infrastructure, and is certainly a major threat to human life and health. For a citizen who has arrived in Ukraine from another country, any visit to a medical facility, even for emergency care, is subject to a fee. Therefore, before traveling, it is worth taking care of reliable medical insurance that guarantees a foreigner quality medical care at no additional cost.
If you are planning to travel to a place where active hostilities are taking place, such a trip has much more risks. Therefore, in this case, it is worth taking care of military risk insurance. This policy provides for the insured risk of an accident as a result of military operations, passive military risks, terrorist acts, as well as 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.
Safety rules while traveling in Ukraine
A foreigner who decides to visit Ukraine must strictly follow two main safety rules:
• Find out the duration of the curfew in the region you plan to visit. A curfew is a time period imposed to maintain law and order. Usually, curfews last from 23:00 until 05:00 the next day, and during this period you should not be outside and in public places.
• Air raid alert - we recommend installing the application of the same name on your smartphone and immediately go to the nearest shelter when you receive the signal. You should do the same if you hear the corresponding signal on the street.
Read our article to find out whether it is safe for foreigners to travel to Ukraine and how to organize a trip. You can also find important recommendations and useful tips for safe entry and stay in Ukraine here.
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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.