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Ukraine opens borders, launches air service: All you need to know on travel quarantine rules

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Since June 15, all border checkpoints across the Ukrainian state border have finally been opened for air traffic
23:10, 9 July 2020

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Since June 15, all border checkpoints across the Ukrainian state border have finally been opened for air traffic. Also, Ukraine allowed foreigners’ entry into its territory.

Related: Citizens of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan tend to travel less to Ukraine

Which Ukrainian the right to cross the air border

July 30, Council of the European Union approved a decision by which it allowed member countries to open entry from July 1 for certain categories of Ukrainians and citizens of other third countries.

Member States have the right to open entry for the following categories of citizens:

  • people traveling for the purpose of training;
  • sailors bound for the ship;
  • citizens who travel through the EU in transit;
  • highly skilled workers from third countries if their employment is necessary from an economic point of view and work cannot be postponed or performed abroad.

An entry permit is also reserved for those categories of citizens of Ukraine who have so far been subject to exceptions, in particular, family members of EU citizens, those who have a residence permit in the EU or a similar document, seasonal workers, diplomats and the like.

Related: Travels in terms of Covid-19: MFA provides recommendations for Ukrainians

Which foreigners can cross Ukrainian air border

According to Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krikliy, the government, by its decision, opened checkpoints at Ukrainian airports and allowed entry for foreigners who are not citizens of countries with a significant spread of Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has published a list of countries that according to the incidence rate of Covid-19 belong to the "red" and "green" zones. According to the decision of the Ukrainian government, states with a significant spread of Covid-19 are considered states in which the number of active cases of coronavirus infection is more than 40 people per 100 thousand people.

As of July 7, Ukraine continues to remain in the "red zone", where it fell on June 22.

Cabinet of Ministers provides that crossing a state border by a person who has arrived from a state with a significant spread of coronavirus is the basis for observing this person.

Related: Ukraine’s MFA asks its citizens to avoid travelling to Italy amid coronavirus outbreak

Citizens of states with a significant spread of coronavirus who have not been on the territory of these states for the past 14 days, employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, missions of official international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine, and members of their families are not subject to observation, drivers and crew of freight vehicles, crew of aircraft and sea, river vessels, members of train and locomotive crews, participants in an external independent assessment together with one person, which accompanies each of them if there is no reason to believe that they were in contact with infected people.

Also, persons who have consented to self-isolation using the electronic DIY home service are not subject to observation.

Related: Travellers from China to be screened at Boryspil Airport by infrared thermometers

Situation at airports

Air communication has resumed in Ukraine since June 15, there is a possibility to fly without restrictions to countries that also allowed entry for Ukraine.

Ukraine has developed a map with the mode of operation of checkpoints at its borders.

From June 15, Ukrainians will be able to fly:

  • without restrictions on the border to Albania and the USA;
  • with 14-days quarantine - to the UK, Belarus, and Slovenia;
  • without restrictions on the border and testing after arrival - in Turkey.
  • with a negative test for Covid-19 - to Serbia and Montenegro.

Also, citizens of Ukraine will be able to fly to Tunisia with a negative test and quarantine from 7 to 14 days.

Egypt was also included in the list (but with the mandatory observance of 14-day self-isolation upon returning home, because Egypt is assigned to the countries with a high incidence of Covid-19). Croatia is also here (subject to confirmation of the reservation of the hotel or guest accommodation); Montenegro (if there is a negative result of the PCR test for Covid-19).

In general, as Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a July 7 briefing, 23 countries are now open for Ukrainians (but not all flights have been resumed). In addition to the above countries, you can also enter Mexico, South Korea, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Seychelles, and several African countries - South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania.

Please, keep in mind...

During quarantine, and even after its cancellation, most likely, the rules for staying at the airport will no longer be the same as before.

Related: Ukraine’s MFA asks its citizens to avoid travelling to Italy amid coronavirus outbreak

For example, at the time of quarantine in Ukraine, only one terminal will operate at the Boryspil International Airport - D.

Only passengers with boarding passes or a ticket in paper or electronic form, as well as in masks or respirators, will be allowed to the terminal. Accompanying persons must also have personal protective equipment.

Before traveling to the airport, passengers are asked to fill out a health questionnaire if the airline requires it. To enter Terminal D, you need to do temperature screening and metal things. In fact, passengers will go through two scanners at a time. People with a temperature above 38 degrees, as well as symptoms of a coronavirus, will not be allowed into the airport.

Passengers are also asked to keep distance and to use their own or installed sanitizers at the airport. Passengers must be prepared to take off the mask or respirator at the request of the inspector. Upon arrival at the airport, passengers must pick up their luggage and leave the building as soon as possible.

Smoking areas inside the terminal will be closed. Cafes and restaurants familiar will not work yet.

Duty-Free in the departure area would operate.

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