Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Ukraine extend quarantine measures introduced to stem the spread of COVID-19 through at least May 11.

This alert affects Ukraine

This alert began 24 Apr 2020 12:07 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 11
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Ukraine have extended existing quarantine measures through at least May 11 in order to combat the spread of COVID-19. Extended restrictions include:

  • Ban on public gatherings of more than two people
  • Mask or respirator must be worn, and ID carried in public at all times
  • Closure of many public spaces, including parks, playgrounds, and beaches
  • Closure of non-essential businesses and public services
  • Intercity and interregional public transport is suspended


Authorities extended restrictions barring foreigners from entry through at least May 11. From April 7, officials closed 115 border crossing points; 19 vehicular border crossings remain open, and all pedestrian traffic is barred. Freight transport operations are permitted through open checkpoints. Authorities previously closed all international rail crossings and suspended international passenger flight and maritime services from March 28; freight transport is unaffected. All arrivals in Ukraine will be placed under 14-day observation; the measures do not apply to diplomats, representatives of international organizations, international freight truck drivers, and aircraft and vessel crewmembers.

Authorities could introduce further restrictive measures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic with little warning; such measures could be ambiguous and occasionally contradictory. Authorities could escalate the national emergency to a state of emergency at any time, depending on disease activity; in Ukraine, a state of emergency empowers the government to suspend certain constitutional rights, and enforce other stringent measures.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Ukrainian authorities are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Ukraine Coronavirus Hub: https://covid19.gov.ua/

World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int