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Do not travel to Ukraine due to armed conflict and COVID-19. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately if it is safe to do so using any commercial or other privately available ground transportation options. U.S. citizens remaining in Ukraine should carefully monitor government notices and local and international media outlets for information about changing security conditions and alerts to shelter in place. Those remaining in Ukraine should exercise increased caution due to the potential for active combat, crime, and civil unrest.
Travel Requirements for Ukraine
Looking for Ukraine travel insurance requirements? Ukraine now requires all visitors to have health insurance when entering the country. This medical insurance must be from a company with representation in the Ukraine.
COVID-19 in Ukraine
Health & safety
Many parts of Ukraine are safe for visitors. Petty theft and extreme weather are the biggest concerns for most visitors. However, you will need to take extra precautions if you are visiting certain parts of the country.
If you're visiting the area surrounding Chernobyl, be aware of the potential effects of radiation and protect yourself accordingly. You may need special permission to get close to the disaster site as the closer you get to the epicenter, the more radiation is present. You may want to avoid the area entirely if you're pregnant. Learn more about pregnancy and travel insurance.
If you're visiting the Crimean area, crime and terrorist threats are higher than in other parts of the country. If you're traveling to this area on business, you may want to consider kidnap and ransom insurance, due to higher threats in this part of the country. You may need special visa permissions to enter this area as well.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Ukraine.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Visas & documentation
Most visitors to the Ukraine will need a visa. You can apply for one through Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you want to visit Crimea (the section of Ukraine which is contested by Russia) you may need additional documentation.
Always carry your visa and passport with you when traveling in Ukraine as you may be asked by officials to show your credentials.