Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Ukraine extends restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 through at least June 22; some restrictions eased from May 22.

This alert affects Ukraine

This alert began 21 May 2020 15:20 GMT and is scheduled to expire 23 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least June 22
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Ukraine have extended restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least June 22, though plan to ease measures May 22, when urban and intraregional public transport will resume, and hotels will be permitted to reopen subject to social-distancing requirements. Kindergartens will begin to reopen from May 25. The easing of restrictions will vary by location based upon local disease activity. Restrictions extended through at least June 22 include:

  • Public gatherings of more than two people are banned.
  • Citizens must wear facemasks and carry ID in public at all times.
  • Entertainment and leisure facilities are closed.
  • Intercity public transport is suspended.
  • Most foreigners are barred from entry.


The majority of Ukraine's land border crossings remain closed. Freight transport operations are permitted through open checkpoints. All international passenger air, rail, and maritime services are suspended; 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.

Some movement and business restrictions were previously lifted May 11, with individuals in some areas permitted to visit parks and recreation areas, and several public and private businesses including shops, open-air cafes and restaurants, beauty salons and hairdressers, museums, and libraries permitted to resume operations.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Ukrainian authorities are similar to actions taken by other governments globally 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.

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.


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