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Cabinet tightens rules for crossing Ukrainian border due to pandemic

KYIV. Sept 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – In order to prevent the spread of acute respiratory disease coronavirus (COVID-19) on the territory of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine by its Resolution No. 954 dated September 13, 2021 amended government Resolution No.1236 dated December 9, 2020, which come into force on September 20, 2021 and concern the issue of entering Ukraine from abroad.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs press service on Wednesday, foreigners and stateless persons who enter Ukraine for the purpose of transit and have documents confirming their departure from the country within 48 hours are exempted from self-isolation, installation of the Vdoma application and testing in Ukraine.

"It remains unchanged for all foreign citizens and holders of a residence permit, regardless of the country of arrival to enter Ukraine, the need to have an insurance policy (certificate, certificate) issued by an insurance company registered in Ukraine, which covers the costs associated with the treatment of COVID-19, observation, and is valid for the entire period of stay in Ukraine," the ministry said.

All foreign citizens, residence permit holders, as well as stateless persons upon arrival in Ukraine need to have a document confirming the receipt of one or more doses of the WHO-recognized vaccine against COVID-19 or a foreign COVID-19 certificate confirming vaccination against this disease.

Moreover, entry into Ukraine is possible on the basis of a negative test result for COVID-19 by PCR or recovery of a person from COVID-19, or a negative result of a PCR test or a rapid test for the determination of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus antigen, made no more than 72 hours before entry.

The certificates of testing and vaccination are not required for children under 12 years of age.

"Foreign citizens over 18 years old who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus and who cross the state border for entry must have a negative test result and install a mobile application for monitoring Vdoma self-isolation, regardless of the duration of stay in Ukraine," the Interior Ministry said.

It is clarified that self-isolation is not applied if, within 72 hours from the moment of entry, PCR testing is completed or a rapid antigen test is performed with a negative result.