Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
Additional Information on regulations:
Firearms: permission required from the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine.
Prohibited: raw hides, unworked feathers suitable for packing, raw metals, their alloys, waste and scrap, cermets, timber, brassware.
Cats, dogs and birds (except pigeons) must be accompanied by a veterinarian health certificate with seal of a state veterinarian institute in country of origin, which must NOT be issued over 10 days prior to arrival.
Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Ukraine. Passengers in transit to a domestic destination, carrying goods subject to customs clearance should reclaim their baggage, pass through customs and check-in their baggage for the connecting flight. Passengers who do not carry goods subject to customs clearance can have their baggage through checked to final destination.
Currency Import regulations:
Local currency (Ukrainian Hryvnia-UAH) and foreign currencies: up to EUR 10,000.- or equivalent. Exceeding amounts must be declared. A document on the withdrawal of cash from banking accounts is required.
Banking metals: max. 500 grams in the shape of ingots and coins with a written declaration for the customs authorities.
Currency Export regulations:
Local currency (Ukrainian Hryvnia-UAH) and foreign currencies: up to EUR 10,000.- or equivalent without declaration. For exceeding amounts, customs declaration and a document on the withdrawal of cash from the financial establishment is required.
Banking metals: max. 500 grams in the shape of ingots and coins with a written declaration for the customs authorities. License required for exceeding weight. The customs declaration is grounds for export of declared currency within 1 year from the registration of the declaration.
No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.
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Foreigners traveling to Ukraine (regardless of country of origin) must have:
Citizens of Ukraine and foreigners with permanent residency under the age of 12 (regardless of country of origin) must have:
Foreigners coming to Ukraine must have health insurance that covers all COVID-19 related treatment and observation for the duration of their stay in Ukraine.
The policy must be issued by
This requirement does not apply to:
Health insurance can be purchased here
Citizens of Ukraine who do not arrive with a negative COVID-19 test must self-isolate and install the Dii Vdoma (Act at Home) mobile app. Border guards check for the app. If you are unable to install the app, you must go to a designated facility for observation
You can download the app on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ua.gov.diia.quarantine&hl=uk
You have 24 hours after installing the app to arrive at the destination where you plan to self-isolate. The app sends push notifications for selfies confirming your location – you have 20 minutes to do so. Local police are notified if the photo or geolocation do not match, if the app has been uninstalled, or the phone has been turned off.
The app is currently available only in Ukrainian – an English version is being developed.
A Ukrainian SIM card is required to use the app. Future versions should work on non-Ukrainian SIM cards.
Contact your airline about purchasing a Ukrainian SIM card.
For questions about the Dii Vdoma app contact the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
If you take a COVID-19 PCR test at a certified laboratory in Ukraine and receive a negative result you do not have to continue medical observation / self-isolation.
The list of certified labs can be found on the website of the Center of Public Health (CPH) of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
In case of a negative result, the labs enters the information into an online platform which syncs with the Dii Vdoma app hourly. Users receive a message on the Dii Vdoma app that they can end self-isolation / observation.
The phone number provided when taking a COVID-19 test must match the number used to install the Dii Vdoma app.
The following is not recommended before taking the test:
24 hours – drinking alcohol
6 hours – using nasal drops or sprays
4 hours – eating, drinking, smoking, gargling, brushing your teeth, chewing gum, candies
Many airlines have resumed flying to Ukraine, and the number of flights and cities is increasing as summer approaches. Check with your carrier for travel restrictions and changes.
Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth is mandatory on public transportation and in public places. Effective November 21, the fine for not wearing a mask is 170 – 255 UAH (~US$5-$9). People should avoid crowds, stay 1.5 m (5 feet) apart, and wash their hands frequently. Everyone must carry ID.
Ukraine is divided into four epidemiological zones (red, orange, yellow, green) based on the COVID-19 situation. Regions are assigned a color that reflects a set of quarantine restrictions.
RED: Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, Kyiv, Kyiv City, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Poltava, Sumy, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhzhia
ORANGE: Cherkasy, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kirovohrad, Luhansk, Rivne, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Volyn
YELLOW: Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kherson, Odesa, Zakarpattia
Lviv (March 19 – May 4): starting on April 19, students in grades 1-4 will return to classrooms, non-food market will reopen, dining establishments will be allowed to serve customers outdoors
Dnipro (March 25 – April 30 ): night clubs are closed, dining establishments are closed from midnight to 7 am except for delivery and takeaway, during the day tables must be at least 2 meters apart with no more than 4 customers per table, masks are required except when eating.
Kyiv City (March 20 – April 30) – all schools and kindergartens are closed, outdoor food markets are closed, special passes are required for travel on public transportation (ground and subway) – issued to essential workers and employees of critical infrastructure enterprises only. The Boryspil Express train and SkyBus are accessible to all passengers.
Train service has been affected in certain red zone regions.
Restrictions in YELLOW zones:
Restrictions in ORANGE zones:
Restrictions in RED zones:
Ukraine began vaccinating the population in February, starting with medical personnel and military. Rollout has been slow.
Vaccinations as of April 26:
Yesterday: 1,114 / Total: 528,028 / % of population: ~1.3%
Ukrainian Government COVID-19 Vaccination website – https://vaccination.covid19.gov.ua/
The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should follow local developments and guidelines.
What to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Ukraine – https://moz.gov.ua/koronavirus-2019-ncov
Ukrainian Ministry of Health COVID-19 24-hour hotline: 0-800-60-20-19
Requirements for visas and COVID-19 testing vary by country and change frequently. Check with local authorities before traveling.
Some rules for popular travel destinations include:
From December 28, 2020 to May 26, 2021 all foreigners over the age of 6 traveling to Turkey by air must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of crossing the border. Starting on December 30, foreigners entering the country by land can also take a PCR test at the border. Travelers who refuse the test will be required to quarantine for 14 days. This requirement does not apply for transiting passengers. Visitors must also register online within 72 hours of traveling.
Effective January 26, 2021, all aircraft passengers two years of age and older, departing from any foreign country to a destination in the United States, must provide:
The order applies to all travelers including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, and foreign officials traveling for official purposes with limited exceptions for airline personnel and U.S. military and law enforcement on orders. For further details and frequently asked questions, please visit the Centers of Disease Control website.
Air carriers will not board passengers who do not meet these requirements. Accordingly, travelers to the United States should check with their air carrier or travel representative prior to departure.
As of March 10, travelers from Ukraine to Montenegro must have either 1) negative PCR test taken within 48 hour before arrival; 2) IgC antigen test taken no more than 30 days before arrival; 3) confirmation of two vaccine doses received at least 7 days before arrival.
Starting on February 15, all foreigners entering Slovakia must quarantine for 14 days. A PCR test can be taken on day 8 to end the quarantine early.
From January 30 to February 15 Czechia is closing its borders to all foreigners, with the exception of those who study, work or have residency in the country. Those traveling to visit immediate relatives, for medical care or to attend weddings or funerals will be allowed to enter.
As of February 1, 2021, travelers to Georgia must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of crossing the border. A test must also be taken on day 3 of arrival in the country. This rule does not apply to those who have been vaccinated (two shots). Citizens of Ukraine will be allowed to enter the country by air starting on March 1 if they have a negative PCR result.
From January 29 – April 30, 2021 Bulgaria will allow Ukrainians to enter with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of crossing the border.
Cyprus categorizes countries as Green, Orange or Red with different entry requirements for each category. As of April 1, Ukraine is considered a Red Category country. Travelers coming from Ukraine are required to: a) undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours prior to departure proving a negative PCR result and b) undergo a laboratory test upon their arrival in the Republic of Cyprus. The examination cost will be borne by themselves and in addition, such persons should remain in self-isolation until the test result is issued. More info here
Effective January 13, 2021, Croatia is temporarily prohibiting and restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points. List of exceptions and more information on entering Croatia here
The Netherlands requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted less than 72 hours before crossing the border and an express test taken within 4 hours before boarding.
As of January 31, travelers to Dubai must present a COVID-19 negative test taken within 72 hours (down from 96 hours) of the flight. An additional test is administered upon arrival to travelers from certain countries, including Ukraine. The test is free. Travelers must self-isolate until they receive the test result.
Slovenia requires Ukrainian tourists have a negative COVID-19 test done within 48 hours of arrival. More information on entering Slovenia can be found here
Albania requires 14 day self-isolation.
As of November 11, passengers over the age of 11 flying from Ukraine to France are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the flight.
As of September 1, all tourists to Egypt must present a negative coronavirus test taken no later than 72 hour before crossing the border. Read (in Ukrainian) the requirements for the test result certificate here.
The EU will allow Ukrainians to enter for study, business, work, health care, diplomacy, transit and trucking. Documented proof of need to enter is required. Border guards at different checkpoints may interpret rules differently.
It is unlikely that the Schengen area will open its borders to unrestricted travel from Ukraine in the near future. The EU takes into account economic, social and epidemiological factors: the number of new coronavirus cases in the last 14 days and per 100,000 population should be near or below the EU average.
Entry requirements change on a daily basis. Check with local authorities for country-specific regulations.