Updated: 4 days ago
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine published on Jan. 22 a new list of countries in the "red" and "green" zone composed according to the new methodology.
Thus, only the coronavirus incidence rate for the last 14 days per 100 thousand population is considered when compiling the list. The used criterion for including a country on the red list is the excess of the incidence of COVID-19 from 204.3 cases per 100 thousand population and up over the past 14 days.
(it went on 40 cases per 100.000 since the beginning of 2021)
What do The Facts tell us?
Initially, the criteria to define a country as "red" or "green" was determined by the number of cases within 100,000 inhabitants for the last 14 days to be below 40 for the country to be considered green or "red" if above.
A new criterion for categorizing countries into red and green coronavirus zones was introduced on August 1.
"There will be two indicators: if the increase in the number of coronavirus cases [in a foreign country] in the past 14 days exceeds the increase in the number of case in Ukraine and if the percentage of increase over the past 14 days is more than 30 compared with the previous 14 days…" Said the Health Minister Maksym Stepanov:
Worthy of mentioning that, on Aug. 7th, 2020, before the travel ban started, Ukraine had 38 cases per 100 thousand and was then considered a "green" country. Today has 204 cases per 100.000 and is still "green." Go figure...
That said, the criterion to determine the List of Red and Green countries (bellow), according to the Ukrainian authorities, distinctly differs from CDC Travel Recommendations by Destination, where Ukraine is considered at the highest Level 4 of COVID-19 incidence.
Read below Regulations to Travel to Ukrainian
Passengers arriving from countries in the "red" list without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival are subject to self-isolate.
Passengers from any origin (red or green) must have medical insurance covering COVID-19 observation and hospitalization issued by a Ukrainian insurance company or its associate. This does not apply to nationals or permanent residents of Ukraine.
Entry and Exit Requirements for Foreigners
Foreign citizens entering Ukraine from a Red Zone country will be required to enter into self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at international airports in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa Lviv.
The Ministry reviews the list of countries with high incidence every three days and publishes updates on its website. Foreign citizens traveling to Ukraine should check the latest determination before travel.
Foreign citizens from "red" countries visiting Ukraine must demonstrate that they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while on the territory of Ukraine. You can find further details and exceptions from this requirement on the Ministry’s website. Ukrainian health insurance coverage can be purchased online on our blog.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) obligatory for entry? No
Foreign citizens from "red" countries must enter 14-days self-isolation if not carrying a negative PCR test at arrival. Upon arrival at Ukrainian international airports. Test results are emailed within 24 hours, and passengers should follow the self-quarantine protocol until the results are reported to the Public Health Center and consequently sent to the App "Act at Home."
The Ministry of Health advises that the PCR document showing the results should:
Be in English (translation into Ukrainian is preferable, if possible - not obligatory)
State the sample collection time and the time when results were received
Specifically, mention the test type – PCR – polymerase chain reaction.
Show the full name, date of birth, and passport number of the traveler.
Include the name, address, and contact details of the lab performing the test
Clearly state the result – COVID-19 NO or COVID-19 YES.
COVID-19 tests are widely available at the expense of the individual.
The average cost of a PCR test is 60 USD.
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