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Release from Ukraine Embassy Regarding COVID-19

March 15, 2020  This travel and advisory release from the US Embassy will prohibit families traveling to adopt at this time.

Global Health Advisory:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. Read More

Country-Specific Information:

  • Ukraine has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders and one confirmed death.
  • Schools throughout Ukraine are closed for three weeks, through April 3.
  • The Ukrainian government has banned large gatherings (more than 200 persons), to include sporting events with spectators. Essential government services are not affected.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • On March 14, the Government of Ukraine announced that it is suspending all commercial passenger services, including flights, trains and passenger buses, to and from Ukraine for a period of two weeks beginning on 00:01 a.m., March 17.
  • All foreigners will be barred from entering Ukraine effective 00:01 a.m., March 16.
  • The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens who wish to leave via commercial air travel to consider rescheduling their flights.

U.S. Embassy Operations:

  • On March 15, the U.S. Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of non-essential U.S. government personnel and family members with high risk medical conditions for COVID-19. Authorized departure will be via commercial passenger services until such services are suspended.
  • As of March 16, U.S. Embassy Kyiv will suspend all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services until further notice. The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine will continue to provide all services for U.S. citizens, including adoptions. Please see below for contact information.
  • U.S. government personnel are on reduced work schedules and encouraging social distancing. Personnel are further advised to avoid large gatherings and minimize non-essential local travel.

Quarantine Information:

  • If a passenger is found to have a temperature of 100.4°F [38° C] or higher or flu-like symptoms, they may be referred to a hospital in Kyiv for additional testing and possibly up to 14 days of quarantine.

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