Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ukraine was forced to close its borders for the first time in history. On the last day, established by the authorities for the return of Ukrainians, on March 28, more than 16,000 citizens entered the country, of which almost 3,500 came by plane. The very next day, this number dropped to 14,000 people, March 30 - up to 10,000 people. According to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, everyone who returns to Ukraine from abroad should be on a 14-day observation. However, the requirements of the WHO and the Ministry of Health remain ignored by many Ukrainians, which can lead to negative consequences.
Here are tips on crossing the border during quarantine for conscious Ukrainians, who have good reasons to return to the territory of Ukraine from abroad and have the opportunity to undergo a two-week observation.
Where can I cross the Ukrainian border by car during quarantine?
By road, you can cross the border of Ukraine at checkpoints that are not closed by the order of the government and where the border is not stopped by the neighboring side.
Checkpoints on the border with Belarus:
in the Chernihiv region: Senkivka - Veselivka, Novi Yarylovychi – Nova Guta, Slavutych - Komaryn;
in the Zhytomyr region: Vypostovychi - Nova Rudnya;
in the Volyn region: Domanovo - Mokrany.
On the border with Poland:
in the Lviv region: Rava-Ruska - Grebenne and Krakovets - Korchova;
in the Volyn region: Yagodyn - Dorohusk.
On the border with Slovakia:
in the Zakarpattia region: Uzhgorod - Vyshne-Nimetskt.
On the border with Hungary:
in the Zakarpattia region: "Chop (Tysa) - Zakhon".
On the border with Romania:
to Zakarpattia regions: "Dyakovo - Halmeu";
in the Chernivtsi region: "Porubne - Siret".
On the border with Moldova:
in Odesa region: "Starokazachye - Tudora", "Reni - Giurgiulesti";
in the Vinnytsia region: "Mohyliv-Podilsky - Otach";
On the border with Russia:
in the Kharkiv region: "Goptivka - Nekhotiyivka";
in the Sumy region: "Unakovka - Sudzha", "Bachevsk - Troebortne";
in the Chernihiv region: "Sinkivka – Novi Yurkovychi";
in the Lugansk region "Cretaceous – Chertkovo."
Is it possible to cross the border of Ukraine by public transport?
According to the government’s decree, from March 17 to June 22, checkpoints (control points) across the state border for international passenger rail, air, road (for buses) communications are temporarily closed.
As exceptions, special evacuation flights are organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure.
Is it possible to cross the border on foot during quarantine?
Since May 16, 2020, the pass through the pedestrian crossing of the Shehyni checkpoint on the border with Poland in the Lviv region has been restored. In other checkpoints, in accordance with the order of the government, due to the introduction of quarantine measures on the state border of Ukraine, foot traffic with neighboring countries is temporarily suspended.
At many checkpoints for transporting Ukrainian citizens who return from abroad without their own vehicles, local authorities and the State Emergency Situations provide buses.
Can a foreigner enter Ukraine during quarantine?
According to the decree of the government, until June 22, 2020, entry into Ukraine for foreigners is temporarily prohibited.
The exception is:
those who have the right to reside in Ukraine;
are spouses or children of citizens of Ukraine;
employees of foreign diplomatic institutions and members of their families;
persons who carry out freight transportation;
Attention! Entry into Ukraine of other categories of foreigners and stateless persons is carried out in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Is it possible to get to a temporarily occupied peninsula with a Crimean residence permit?
Yes! A government order that runs until June 22, 2020, provides for such an opportunity.
Despite the temporary cessation of the operation of the checkpoints with the temporarily occupied, Ukrainians and members of their families registered in Crimea can cross the administrative border.
And the citizens of Ukraine, registered on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, can leave the occupied peninsula.
Attention! Departure from the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol of other categories of foreigners and stateless persons is carried out in agreement with the Ministry for the reintegration of temporarily occupied territories.
How to leave occupied Donbas during quarantine?
Checkpoints of on the contact line in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will previously remain closed until June 22. This was announced by director of the department of civil protection, mobilization, and defense work of the Donetsk regional state administration Igor Boyko.
Is it possible to enter a neighboring country if a person was let by the Ukrainian border guards?
Moldova. The border police of this country reported that from 08:00 on March 29, 2020, at the checkpoint for automobile traffic "Bricani-avto" (on the Ukrainian side - the checkpoint "Rososhany-avto", in the Kelmenetsky district of Chernivtsi region), all the throughput operations are stopped.
Belarus. In this country, quarantine (self-isolation) is provided for 14 days for all persons traveling from countries where cases of coronavirus are registered. Prior to the end of quarantine (self-isolation), these persons are prohibited from leaving the Republic of Belarus.
Poland. March 15, 2020, the country banned the entry of foreigners. However, the country has already introduced some concessions.
The Russian Federation. Restricted entry to foreigners on March 18, 2020. Russia introduced additional restrictions on March 30, 2020.
Hungary. Restricted entry to foreigners on March 17, 2020 (March 12, 2020 a state of emergency was declared in the country).
Romania. Restricted entry to foreigners on March 22, 2020 (March 16, 2020, a state of emergency was declared in the country).
We also inform you that restrictions on foreigners crossing the border in neighboring countries have certain exceptions. Usually they relate to diplomats, persons who carry out international transportation, crew members, foreigners with the right to reside in the territory of these countries.