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New Rules in Ukraine on Vaccination and Epidemic Zones starting from Dec. 6 2021

Updated: Jan 30, 2022

The Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko announced the relevant decision:

"First of all, the new rules will affect the regions that are at the yellow level of epidemic danger. Now, only those people who have received at least one vaccination against COVID-19 or have a negative test or certificate of recovery will be able to visit public institutions at the yellow level. The same rule applies to employees. Stricter rules for non-vaccinated people are needed to reduce the burden on doctors and the medical system because most of the patients in hospitals are those who have not received a full course of vaccination," said Viktor Lyashko.

The Minister stressed that the lockdown for unvaccinated people is already in effect in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.

Viktor Lyashko added that the new rules would come into force on December 6.

Significant changes to the Resolution №1236

Rules of adaptive quarantine

Within the yellow level, it will be forbidden:

 the work of educational institutions in which less than 100% of employees have been vaccinated with at least one dose;

 holding mass events, except for students exams;

 work of cinemas, theatres and other cultural institutions;

 work of public catering establishments, except for takeaway and delivery orders;

 work of gyms, pools;

 activities of accommodation establishments, except hotels, sanatoriums and social establishments;

 interregional and international transportation.

New norms have been added for the green level as well. In particular, the ban on regular and irregular transportation of passengers in urban and intra-regional public transport above the total number of seats and 50% of parking spaces provided by the technical characteristics of the vehicle was added.

This rule will also be valid at the yellow level. If the region is at the yellow level, then public transport in a particular locality must comply with such transportation rules.

In addition, the following rules remain in force for all levels of epidemic danger:

 work of educational institutions, if more than 50% of students and employees are in self-isolation;

 stay on the streets without identity documents;

 arbitrarily leave the place of self-isolation or observation;

These rules are not revoked even if COVID documents are available.

All other restrictions provided by the yellow level will not apply if all employees and visitors have one of the documents:

 "Yellow" COVID-certificate or paper certificate 063-O (valid for 30 days);

 "Green" COVID-certificate (valid for 365 days);

 International Vaccination Certificate (valid for 365 days);

 foreign COVID certificate on vaccination with vaccines approved by the WHO (valid for 365 days);

 negative PCR result or rapid test for antigen (valid for 72 hours);

 Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (valid for 105 days from the date of diagnosis).

That is, to work and visit institutions at the yellow level, it is enough to get at least one vaccination and have at least a "Yellow" internal COVID-certificate or a temporary certificate 063-O issued by a family doctor or the doctor who made the vaccination.

The validity of the "Yellow" certificate was reduced to 30 days. It used to be valid for 120 days.

Remember that the minimum possible intervals between doses of vaccines:

Comirnaty / Pfizer-BioNTech - 21 days,

Moderna - 28 days, CoronaVac / Sinovac Biotech - 14 days,

Oxford / AstraZeneca - 28 days.

At the red level, in particular, it is prohibited:

 work of public catering establishments, except for targeted delivery and takeaway orders;

 the work of educational institutions in which less than 100% of employees are fully vaccinated;

 work of shopping malls and other entertainment establishments, cinemas, theatres, etc .;

 work of educational institutions, except for kindergartens and primary schools;

 operation of non-food markets and shops, gyms, swimming pools and fitness centres,

 holding mass events;

 work of cultural institutions.

These restrictions must not apply if 100% of employees (organizers) and visitors (participants) of these institutions (events) are fully immunized and have a "Green" COVID-certificate, a negative result of PCR testing or rapid testing for antigen (valid for 72 hours) or a certificate of recovery.

The "Yellow" COVID-certificate will not be valid for work and visits to public institutions at the red level of epidemiological danger.


Persons who have arrived from the Russian Federation and have been on its territory for more than seven days in the last two weeks are subject to self-isolation. Self-isolation should last 14 days. The period of self-isolation begins from the moment of crossing the state border and cannot be terminated even if there is a negative result of testing for COVID-19.

Previously, this rule also applied to citizens from the Republic of India.

Additional changes are being developed to the Decree, which will oblige travellers who returned from countries where the strain of Omicron has been found to self-isolate.

The work of educational institutions

Quarantine educational institutions; staff, must be vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine for the yellow level of epidemic danger and two doses for the red level.

If an employee has contraindications to vaccination or has recently become ill with COVID-19, he or she must provide an appropriate medical certificate or certificate of recovery.

It will be recalled that to comply with the quarantine requirements, employees of public institutions must check all COVID-certificates from visitors by reading the QR-code on the mobile application "Diia".

After reading, the status of the COVID certificate displayed on the smartphone app: valid/invalid.

The COVID certificate is not considered valid and verified without verification and reading.

It is essential that you do not need additional applications or tools to read the QR code in your "Diia" app. That is, representatives of institutions should not just ask for certificates or check their visual presence - an authorized employee of the institution should measure the visitor's temperature with a thermometer at the entrance to the room and read the QR-code of his COVID-certificate with a smartphone.

If the visitors or employees do not have the necessary documents, the institution's owner may be liable under the article "Violation of the rules on quarantine of people" of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses.

There's a fine from 34 to 170 thousand hryvnias.

The work of banks, gas stations, veterinary shops, pharmacies, and all grocery stores at the red level is not limited, but compliance with anti-epidemic rules remains mandatory.

At the same time, starting from the "Orange" level, local authorities may take additional measures to strengthen anti-epidemic rules in the region.



Entry rules to Ukraine

approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of June 2, 2021, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of June 2, 2021, № 583 which stipulated that to cross the border, foreigners and stateless persons must have a negative PCR test, taken no later than 72 hours before crossing the border, or present a full vaccination course certificate.

Also, foreigners are still required to have a medical insurance policy, which covers the costs of observation and treatment COVID-19, and is valid for the entire stay in Ukraine.

Without an insurance policy and/or negative PCR test, the State Border Guard Service will not allow a foreigner/stateless person to cross the state border.

Similar rules were introduced for citizens of Ukraine, with the only difference must have made the PCR test no later than 48 hours before crossing the border. In the absence of such requirements, native citizens are obliged to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.

The Ministry of Health recommends the PCR document to:

  • Be in English (translation into Ukrainian is preferable - not obligatory.

  • State the sample collection time and the time when received the result.

  • Specifically, mention the test type – PCR – polymerase chain reaction.

  • Show the full name, date of birth, and passport number of the traveller.

  • Include name, address, and contact details of the lab performing the test

  • Clearly state the result – COVID-19 Not detected or negative.

COVID-19 Testing

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