Ukraine opens its borders: Key information on border crossings

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ukraine was forced to close its borders for the first time in history. For three months, Ukrainian checkpoints were “locked up”. Now that the country is gradually emerging from strict quarantine measures.

Is it possible to cross the border on foot during quarantine?

From May 20, 2020, in accordance with the order of the government, a list of checkpoints across the state border of Ukraine, where pedestrian traffic is temporarily suspended, has been determined, namely:

on the border with the Russian Federation - "Milove" ("Chertkovo"), "Hoptivka" ("Nekhoteevka"), "Bachivsk" ("Troebortne"), "Yunakivka" ("Sudzha"), "Senkivka" ("Novi Yurkovychi");

on the border with the Republic of Belarus - "Senkivka" ("Veselivka"), "Novi Yarilovichi", "Vystupovychi" ("Nova Rudnya"), "Domanove" ("Mokrany"), "Slavutych" ("Komaryn").

At the moment, there are checkpoints on other sections of the state border that are not closed by government orders and where the admission by a neighboring party has not been terminated.

On May 16, 2020, the pedestrian crossing at the Shehyni checkpoint on the border with Poland in the Lviv region was restored. Also, since May 20, 2020, the pedestrian checkpoint "Mali Selmentsi," which borders the Slovak Republic, has been operating in the Zakarpattia region.

When traveling across the state border, citizens of Ukraine must take into account the categories of checkpoints (car, pedestrian) and their mode of operation. Only in some cases, buses of local authorities and the State Emergency Service can be used to transport Ukrainian citizens returning from abroad without their own vehicles.

Can a foreigner enter Ukraine during quarantine?

On June 15, foreigners who are not citizens of countries "with a significant prevalence of Covid-19 and have not been on the territory of such countries for the past 14 days" were allowed to enter Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said. However, foreigners who do not have an insurance policy for Covid-19 treatment and observation will not be allowed into Ukraine.

Now the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine is waiting for the "List of countries with a significant spread of Covid-19" from the Ministry of Health. From this list, foreigners who have agreed to self-isolation using special Diy Vdoma "Act at Home" electronic service will be allowed to enter Ukraine.

Border guards will inform the competent authorities to make a decision on the observation of foreigners who have not consented to self-isolation.

Is it possible to enter a neighboring country if Ukrainian border guards are released?

To reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 or spreading the virus, you should reduce your mobility and, if possible, follow the recommendation to stay at home.

Moldova. The Border Police of this country reported that from 08.00 on March 29, 2020, at the checkpoint for the road "Brichany-Auto" (on the Ukrainian side - the checkpoint "Rososhany-Auto" in the Kelmenets district of Chernivtsi region) the implementation of any checkpoints operations.

Belarus. This country has a 14-day quarantine (self-isolation) for all persons entering from countries where coronavirus cases have been reported. Until the end of quarantine (self-isolation), these persons are prohibited from leaving the Republic of Belarus.

Poland. From March 15, 2020, it banned foreigners from crossing the border. However, the country has already introduced some easing.

Slovakia. Banned foreigners from crossing the border from 13.03.2020.

Russian Federation. Restricted entry to foreigners from March 18, 2020. On March 30, 2020, Russia introduced some additional restrictions.

Hungary. Restricted entry to foreigners from March 17, 2020 (March 12, 2020, a state of emergency was declared in the country).

Romania. Restricted entry to foreigners from 22.03.2020 (16.03.2020 a state of emergency was declared in the country).