Authorities in Ukraine have extended the adaptive quarantine regime until Dec. 31. Additionally, authorities have updated the adaptive quarantine regime following a biweekly review of the country's recovery from coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the regime, all Ukrainian regions are classified as one of four color-coded zones - Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red - depending on the volume of COVID-19 testing, local morbidity rates, and the capacity of local hospitals. Regions in the Red zone have the most stringent restrictions. Kaniv, in Cherkasy Region, and Sumy, in Sumy Region, are now in the Red zone. Public transport has been suspended in these areas; passengers may disembark regional buses and trains but may not board. Additionally, shopping malls, catering establishments, educational institutions, fitness centers, and sports facilities have been closed. Public gatherings are banned.
Authorities listed more than 100 cities, towns, and districts in the Orange zone, including Kyiv, and the cities of Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Lutsk, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne, Poltava, and Chernivtsi. Hotels may operate in these areas, but other forms of short-term accommodation are prohibited. Entertainment venues, restaurants, fitness centers, and cultural institutions are closed. Scheduled nonemergency medical procedures have been suspended. Outdoor gatherings may not exceed 20 attendees.
The Yellow zone lists more than 250 areas, including the cities of Zaporizhia and Kherson. Indoor cultural and entertainment facilities may not operate at above 50-percent capacity. Outdoor cultural, entertainment, and sporting events may not exceed 30 total attendees. Public transport may not carry standing passengers.
Several other restrictive measures continue to apply nationwide. Residents from different households should maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) while in public. Facemasks are mandatory in public, including public transport, public buildings, and crowded indoor spaces. Public gatherings are permitted but may not exceed one person per 5 square meters and must observe social distance. Restaurants and cafes must observe social distancing requirements and may not operate after 2200. Cinemas may not exceed 50-percent capacity. Intercity buses and trains to and from most major cities have resumed, except for cities in quarantine zones. Most nonessential businesses have reopened, including retailers, hotels, spas, leisure facilities, and cultural venues. Kindergartens, parks, and recreational areas have also reopened. Additionally, all secondary schools must close nationwide Oct. 15-30, and all tertiary education institutions should implement distance learning Oct. 15-Nov. 30.
Authorities lifted the COVID-19-related ban on entry for nonresident foreign nationals on Sept. 28. Foreigners are allowed to enter Ukraine provided they have proof of traveler's insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 observation and treatment. The traveler's insurance must be issued by a company in Ukraine or an international insurance company with representation or a partnership in Ukraine. Foreigners and stateless persons who permanently reside in Ukraine, refugees, and diplomats are exempt from the requirement.
Furthermore, all individuals arriving from countries that have high COVID-19 infection rates must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; persons in possession of a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 48 hours at arrival, as well as diplomats, representatives of foreign organizations, students, international freight truck drivers, and aircraft and vessel crew members are exempt. Ukraine has categorized foreign countries of origin into Green or Red. Green countries are those in which the number of COVID-19 cases is fewer than 40 per 100,000, while Red countries have higher case numbers per head; travelers from Green countries are exempt from self-isolation upon entry.
Domestic and international flights have resumed, though some land border crossings remain closed. Authorities are permitting freight transport through open checkpoints.
All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
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.