Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ukraine was forced to close its borders for the first time in history. For three months, Ukrainian checkpoints were “locked up.” Now that the country is gradually emerging from strict quarantine measures.
Where to cross the border of Ukraine by car during quarantine?
The SBGS has developed a map with the modes of operation of checkpoints on the Ukrainian borders. On it you can see which of the PEs in Ukraine have started their work, and which restrictive measures have not been lifted yet.
Is it possible to cross the border on foot during quarantine?
From May 20, 2020, in accordance with the order of the government, a list of checkpoints across the state border of Ukraine, where pedestrian traffic is temporarily suspended, has been determined, namely:
on the border with the Russian Federation - "Milove" ("Chertkovo"), "Hoptivka" ("Nekhoteevka"), "Bachivsk" ("Troebortne"), "Yunakivka" ("Sudzha"), "Senkivka" ("Novi Yurkovychi");
on the border with the Republic of Belarus - "Senkivka" ("Veselivka"), "Novi Yarilovichi", "Vystupovychi" ("Nova Rudnya"), "Domanove" ("Mokrany"), "Slavutych" ("Komaryn").
At the moment, there are checkpoints on other sections of the state border that are not closed by government orders and where the admission by a neighboring party has not been terminated.
On May 16, 2020, the pedestrian crossing at the Shehyni checkpoint on the border with Poland in the Lviv region was restored. Also, since May 20, 2020, the pedestrian checkpoint "Mali Selmentsi," which borders the Slovak Republic, has been operating in the Zakarpattia region.
When traveling across the state border, citizens of Ukraine must take into account the categories of checkpoints (car, pedestrian) and their mode of operation. Only in some cases, buses of local authorities and the State Emergency Service can be used to transport Ukrainian citizens returning from abroad without their own vehicles.
Can a foreigner enter Ukraine during quarantine?
On June 15, foreigners who are not citizens of countries "with a significant prevalence of Covid-19 and have not been on the territory of such countries for the past 14 days" were allowed to enter Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.
However, foreigners who do not have an insurance policy for Covid-19 treatment and observation will not be allowed into Ukraine.
Now the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine is waiting for the "List of countries with a significant spread of Covid-19" from the Ministry of Health. From this list, foreigners who have agreed to self-isolation using special Diy Vdoma "Act at Home" electronic service will be allowed to enter Ukraine.
Border guards will inform the competent authorities to make a decision on the observation of foreigners who have not consented to self-isolation.
Have the checkpoints on the administrative border with Crimea resumed their work?
June 14, the checkpoint at all entry/exit checkpoints on the border with occupied Crimea has been completely restored. On the first day of their work, no queues at the administrative border were observed.
On the first day of the resumption of the CPVV, 54 people were allowed to enter the occupied territory of Ukraine, and the occupiers refused to allow 12 people, citing the lack of sufficient grounds. 108 people were let out of the occupied Crimea. All of them will be self-isolated.
Importantly! Government Resolution 80480 amended the documents regulating the procedure for entering and leaving the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. In connection with these changes, during the quarantine, border guards do not let persons who have not consented to self-isolation using the "Act at home" electronic service leave the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.
How to enter Ukraine when traveling from occupied Donbas during quarantine?
On June 10, Mariinsky and Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoints were opened. It is unknown when other checkpoints will open in Donbas.
Citizens will be admitted daily from 11 am to 2 pm:
for automobile communication through "Mariinka" checkpoint - road corridor "Donetsk - Kurakhove";
for pedestrian communication through the checkpoint "Stanytsia Luhanska" - road corridor "Stanytsia-Luhanska - Shchastya - Novoaidar".
Temperature screening will be carried out when entering the territory controlled by Ukraine, people must wear protective masks or respirators.
"In order to pass through the checkpoints, citizens must consent to mandatory self-isolation measures, using special "Act at home" electronic service, or observation, in accordance with the requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 392 of 20.05.2020," headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation note.
Citizens who cross the demarcation line to participate in the External Evaluation Testing and the persons accompanying them will be exempted from mandatory self-isolation or observation measures.
During five first days of work of checkpoints, Donbas militants didn't let any person enter occupied territories.
Is it possible to enter a neighboring country if Ukrainian border guards are released?
To reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 or spreading the virus, you should reduce your mobility and, if possible, follow the recommendation to stay at home.
Moldova. The Border Police of this country reported that from 08.00 on March 29, 2020, at the checkpoint for the road "Brichany-Auto" (on the Ukrainian side - the checkpoint "Rososhany-Auto" in the Kelmenets district of Chernivtsi region) the implementation of any checkpoints operations.
Belarus. This country has a 14-day quarantine (self-isolation) for all persons entering from countries where coronavirus cases have been reported. Until the end of quarantine (self-isolation), these persons are prohibited from leaving the Republic of Belarus.
Poland. From March 15, 2020, it banned foreigners from crossing the border. However, the country has already introduced some easing.
Slovakia. Banned foreigners from crossing the border from 13.03.2020.
Russian Federation. Restricted entry to foreigners from March 18, 2020. On March 30, 2020, Russia introduced some additional restrictions.
Hungary. Restricted entry to foreigners from March 17, 2020 (March 12, 2020, a state of emergency was declared in the country).
Romania. Restricted entry to foreigners from 22.03.2020 (16.03.2020 a state of emergency was declared in the country).
Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy has published a list of countries to which Ukrainians will be allowed to fly from June 15.
Thus, according to the Minister, from June 15, Ukrainians will be able to fly without restrictions at the border to Albania and the United States, with 14-day quarantine in the UK, without restrictions at the border and testing after arriving in Turkey.
Also from June 27, citizens of Ukraine will be able to fly to Tunisia with testing upon arrival. And countries such as Cyprus, Montenegro, Georgia, Greece will consider opening borders after the epidemic situation in Ukraine improves from July 1.