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Mandatory negative PCR test for visitors to Ukraine

29.03.2021 | Legal

To cross the border to enter Ukraine, foreign citizens and stateless persons must have a negative PCR test for COVID-19, which should made not later than 72 hours prior crossing the border to Ukraine.

In order to prevent the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated March 22, 2021 № 230 amended changes to the Resolution of December 9, 2020 № 1236.

In particular, according to the changes, in order to enter Ukraine, foreigners, in addition to the compulsory insurance policy which should cover treatment and isolation in case of COVID-19, must have a negative test result for COVID-19. It must be made by polymerase chain reaction, which is carried out no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border.

In the absence of an insurance policy or a negative COVID-19 test result, SBGS staff will deny foreigners and stateless persons the right to cross the state border.

It should be noted that the Resolution clearly defines the category of persons who are exceptions.

COVID-19 insurance policy and negative PCR / PCR test are not required:

– citizens of Ukraine;

– foreigners and stateless persons permanently residing in Ukraine;

– persons recognized as refugees or persons in need of additional protection;

– employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, missions of official international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine, and members of their families;

– drivers and crew members of freight vehicles, buses engaged in regular, irregular and pendulum transportation, members of air and sea crews, river vessels, members of train and locomotive crews;

– servicemen (units) of the armed forces of NATO member states and member states of the NATO “Partnership for Peace” program, who take part in the training of units of the Armed Forces.

During the passport control, the COVID-19 insurance policy and the negative PCR test can be presented in printed or electronic form.

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