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Ukraine lifts entry ban for foreign citizens

Christian Fernsby |
The Ukrainian government has made several decisions changing the entry requirements for foreign citizens and stateless persons, the country’s State Border Guard Service said on Saturday.

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Topics: UKRAINE   

Under the government decree No. 477, approved on June 12, the temporary entry ban for foreigners is no longer effective.

Another decree, No. 480, of June 12, requires foreigners to have a relevant insurance policy and those arriving from countries with high number of coronavirus infections to undergo observation.

For the duration of the quarantine, foreigners and stateless persons (except permanent residents, refugees, or persons seeking additional protection) will be banned from entry if they do not have an insurance policy (certificate) to cover the costs relating to coronavirus treatment and observation, the decree said.

Arriving from, or being a citizen of, a country with a high number of COVID-19 cases shall be ground for observation, the government said.

“To ensure the transportation of persons from state border checkpoints to observation facilities, the government has compelled regional and Kyiv city state administrations,” the agency said.

At the same time, a citizen (subject) of a country with a high number of COVID-19 infections, who has not been in that country in the previous 14 days, foreign diplomats and consular officials, representatives from accredited international missions and organizations and their family members, drivers and crew members of cargo transport vehicles, air, sea and river crews, members of train and locomotive brigades, participants in an external independent audit (with one accompanying person each), will not be required to undergo observation, unless there is a reason to believe that they have been in contact with a coronavirus patient.

Also exempt from observation will be those who agree to self-isolate using an act-at-home electronic service.

A country is considered to have a high number of coronavirus cases if it had at least 40 active cases per 100,000 population.

A list of such countries will be updated and submitted by the State Border Guard Service to the Foreign Ministry every three days.

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