Half of the summer has passed, but there is still a chance for a vacation in Europe. Recently, the European Union introduced Ukraine to the "green zone". This decision of the EU Council is advisory and each country has its own conditions regarding the entry of third-country nationals: somewhere you need a PCR test, vaccination, quarantine, and somewhere authorities don't even ask for a test.
Therefore, before traveling to a particular country, you should always check the entry restrictions. This can be done on the card with the rules of entry from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Reopen.europa card, in the system of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
We will tell you how to organize a long-awaited trip to Europe, which countries are accessible and prohibited for Ukrainians, and what documents are needed now to enter.
Which vaccines are suitable
Vaccinated with any drug currently available in Ukraine, citizens can go to: Austria, Estonia, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Hungary, Switzerland, Finland.
There is also a list of EMA-certified vaccines (AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). It is valid for Ukrainians when entering Germany, France, Lithuania, Denmark.
To confirm vaccination before departure, you need to obtain an International certificate (paper and stamped) from a family doctor. It is this document will need to be shown at passport control.
Not all countries heed the recommendations of the EU Council and many of them have restrictions.
(!) Italy and Poland do not allow entry for tourist purposes from countries that were added to the list of the EU Council in previous months. Also prohibited are Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Sweden.
But other countries were not so categorical, so you can buy tickets. Among them:
you must register on the CyprusFlightPass platform.
undergo PCR testing for coronavirus 72 hours before departure (the test must be in English). Children under 12 are exempt from testing.
Upon arrival, make a second PCR test (it costs 30 euros at Larnaca airport and 32 euros - at Paphos airport. The test result will be sent by SMS within 3 hours. Until the result is received, the citizen must remain in self-isolation: at a hotel, at home.
For entry: it is enough to show only a negative rapid test for coronavirus (must be done no later than 48 hours before arrival time). You can also show PCR test (no later than 72 hours).
You can show a certificate of vaccination according to an EU approved standard or a document that certifies that you have had Covid-19. Children under 12 years old are allowed to enter without any Covid documents.
On arrival, you do not need to go to self-isolation.
Entry to Slovenia is permitted subject to one of the following documents:
negative PCR test (72 hours before border crossing);
negative rapid antigen test (no more than 48 hours before crossing the border);
Requirements for a vaccination certificate:
At least 7 days have passed since the second dose of Pfizer vaccine was received;
14 days have passed since the second dose of Moderna was received;
21 days have passed since the first dose of Vaxzevria AstraZeneca was received;
14 days have passed since the receipt of Janssen;
21 days have passed since the dose of Covishield vaccine was received;
At least 14 days have passed since the second dose of Sputnik V was received;
at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of CoronaVac manufactured by Sinovac Biotech was received.
You must have a valid EU digital certificate (or equivalent) on:
negative PCR test performed 72 hours before border crossing or negative rapid antigen test performed 48 hours prior to entry.
One of the following documents must be provided:
negative PCR test done no later than 72 hours before the border crossing, or a rapid antigen test (no later than 48 hours);
vaccination certificate for Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, SinoPharm, Janssen;
a certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the obligation to test.
Ukrainians must provide one of these documents, which must comply with the EU Digital Covid Certificate standards:
a certificate of vaccination with a drug from the EMA or WHO list, if more than 14 days have passed since the last vaccine was received;
a certificate of recovery.
These rules will remain in effect until July 31st.
From June 11, it is possible to travel for those who have a Ukrainian (regardless of the type of vaccine) or Hungarian immunity certificate (the so-called "vaccination passport"). 10-day quarantine is not required. Together with such citizens, children under 18 years of age can also enter without restrictions.
To enter: you must provide one of the following documents (does not apply to children under 6 years old and aircraft crews):
negative PCR test result up to 72 hours before entry (in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish);
negative rapid antigen test result within 48 hours;
proof of vaccination that was completed at least 14 days in advance (in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish), in digital or paper form (for example, yellow WHO vaccination passport). Vaccination must be carried out with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (EMA standard list);
recovery from coronavirus: positive PCR test result (minimum - 28 days and maximum - 6 months before entry).
Upon Arrival: Travelers must keep the test results for 10 days after entering Germany. In Germany, respirators of class FFP2 or KN95 / N95 (regular masks are prohibited) are worn in shops and on public transport.
If you have a complete vaccination certificate in English or German for one of these vaccines:
Comirnaty (INN) from BioNtech / Pfizer;
Vaxzevria COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
Covishield from Serum Institute of India
Janssen by Johnson & Johnson;
Vaccine from Moderna;
Sinopharm / BIBP SARS – CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell),
Entry to Austria for unvaccinated citizens:
negative result of PCR test (no more than 72 hours) or antigen test (no more than 48 hours) and 10-day quarantine after entry;
confirmation of recovery from coronavirus;
online travel registration (Pre-Travel-Clearance).
Conditions of entry for the unvaccinated:
a negative PCR test, which must be done no more than 72 hours before arrival in the country, or an antigen test 48 hours before;
upon arrival, you need to undergo a second test (antigen or PCR). The test can be taken at the airport.
For the vaccinated:
vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are recognized. After vaccination, at least 2 weeks must pass, but not more than 12 months.
Belgium on July 19 opened an entrance for tourists from Ukraine. On the official website of Belgium with the division of the countries into zones, Ukraine has not yet been included in the "green" list. Most likely, the information will be updated in the coming days.
fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no earlier than 48 hours before arrival;
do not require quarantine, tests or vaccinations.
Estonia allowed free entry to Ukrainians without tests or vaccinations (while the decision is valid from 19 to 25 July, after which the list of countries will be revised).
From July 17, all citizens of Ukraine have the right to enter Latvia, provided they submit a negative test.
fill out the form on the website covidpass.lv before the trip;
you need to provide one of the documents:
- negative PCR test done not earlier than 72 hours;
- negative antigen test done not earlier than 48 hours;
- vaccination certificate;
- a certificate of a past illness.
Tests will not be required in children under 12 years of age.
Vaccinated people can cross the border without testing. Those who are vaccinated are those who have certificates of the EU EEA countries, Switzerland and the UK (AstraZeneca, Comirnaty / Pfizer, Spikevax / Moderna, Janssen).
The Finnish government has allowed vaccinated tourists to enter the country since 26 July. It will be necessary to present a certificate of vaccination with vaccine approved by the WHO, that is, with all those that are used in Ukraine.
Entry into the country with a certificate that they have had a coronavirus infection is allowed only for citizens of EU countries.
Entry without quarantine with a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for one of the following vaccines (most recent vaccinations more than 14 days prior to entry):
Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty);
Astra Zeneca EU (Vaxzevria);
Johnson & Johnson ((COVID-19 Vaccine) Janssen);
Astra Zeneca-SK Bio (Vaxzevria);
Serum Institute of India (Covishield);