Since the end of June, despite all the pessimistic forecasts, Ukraine has not closed its borders for the entry and exit of citizens. At the same time, Foreign Minister Kuleba said that if a full lockdown is introduced in Ukraine, the authorities will consider the issue of closing them again.
And while the proposal of the head of the Ministry of Culture Tkachenko to introduce a two-week lockdown for the New Year holidays in the government is not actively discussed in the government, the situation at the borders has remained stable for the past five months.
So, on June 15, all checkpoints for air traffic were resumed.
Since June 17, the Ukrainian side has resumed the passage through the state border of passenger buses (the passage is carried out at those checkpoints where the adjacent side allows entry/exit or transit passage of passenger buses).
Valid checkpoints and crossing rules
More information about the work of checkpoints and their mode of operation can be found using the interactive map of the State Border Guard Service at the link.
With the help of an interactive map, you can view online information on the state of the workload of checkpoints on the border of Ukraine, including the number of cars and trucks, the speed of their registration, and other information. CCTV cameras have been installed at ten points on the borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. This allows you to see in real-time the state of accumulation of vehicles in front of them.
Queue information and infographics are updated every four hours. You can follow it here.
Which Ukrainians have the right to cross the air border
The Council of the European Union on Tuesday, June 30, adopted a decision by which it allowed member states to open entry from July 1 to certain categories of Ukrainians and citizens of other countries.
EU member states have the right to open entry to the following categories of citizens:
- those who travel for study purposes;
- sailors heading to the ship;
- citizens traveling in transit through the EU;
- highly skilled workers from third countries, if their employment is necessary from an economic point of view and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad.
Also, an entry permit remains for those categories of Ukrainian citizens who have so far been exempt, in particular, family members of EU citizens, those who have an EU residence permit or a similar document, seasonal workers, diplomats, etc.
Countries of the "green" and "red" zones
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine on November 20 updated the list of countries that, in terms of the incidence of Covid-19, belong to the "red" and "green" zones. This week, the list includes 44 countries.
Thus, after returning from the countries of the "red" zone, Ukrainians must go to self-isolation using the application "Diy vdoma." Early termination of self-isolation is possible after receiving a negative PCR test.
To enter Ukraine, all foreigners need an insurance policy that covers Covid-19. Persons arriving from the countries of the "red" zone are not subject to observation if they have a negative test result for Covid-19 by the PCR method, which was carried out no more than 48 hours before crossing the border of Ukraine.
During quarantine, and even after its cancellation, most likely, travel will no longer be the same as before.