Last updated July 22, 2021
Whether you're heading to Ukraine to view the world-class architecture, to visit the abandoned nuclear site at Chernobyl or simply to indulge in vareniki dumplings and borscht, it's sure to be a visit to remember. Before you leave home, make sure you have everything you need, including travel insurance. Here's what you need to know before your trip.
Is travel insurance mandatory 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
Although initially low, COVID-19 case numbers spiked in Ukraine in late 2020. The CDC currently suggests that all travelers to the Ukraine be fully vaccinated, and if you're unvaccinated, you should try to avoid travel to Ukraine.
Ukraine now requires visitors from certain countries to isolate and/or test upon arrival. For more information on the requirements for your country, check out Ukraine's travel website.
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 requirements for Ukraine.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A Typhoid
- Hepatitis B
Once the COVID-19 vaccines are more widely distributed, vaccination may be required prior to departing your country of origin. Find out more about how travel insurance can help you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.