Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Must be valid at time of entry
One page required for entry stamp
Not required for stays less than 90 days within a 180-day period
Anything over €10,000 or foreign currency equivalent must be declared in writing
Same as restrictions for entry
Crimea: The Crimean Peninsula remains part of Ukraine despite Russia’s purported annexation and occupation. Follow the guidance in our Travel Warning for Ukraine and defer all travel to Crimea. If you choose to travel to Crimea, you should be aware:
Eastern Ukraine - nongovernment-controlled territory: Russian-backed separatists continue to control areas in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts - areas known as the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone in Ukraine - where violent clashes have occurred. Follow the guidance in our Travel Warning for Ukraine and defer all travel to these regions. If you choose to travel to these areas, know:
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Ukraine. However, anyone with tuberculosis cannot get permanent residency in Ukraine. There are no waivers or exceptions to this rule.
Terrorism Activity: Credible information indicates that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Small-scale bombings continue to occur throughout Ukraine. While most attacks are at night and appear intended to cause property damage and incite fear, some attacks were fatal, targeting populated areas during daylight hours
Please read the Travel Warning for Ukraine before traveling.
Potential for civil disturbances: Large-scale protests have occurred from time to time in cities throughout Ukraine.
Crimea: The Russian Federation is likely to take further actions in Crimea as part of its illegal occupation of this part of Ukraine. The international community, including the United States and Ukraine, does not recognize this purported annexation.
Eastern Ukraine: The Department of State also warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts where Russian-backed separatists continue to control some areas.
Crime: Tourists may be targeted due to perceived wealth. The police are poorly paid and historically known for corruption and soliciting bribes. The situation has vastly improved after the implementation of a new professional and well-trained police force (Patrol Police), but corruption remains an issue.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victim of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy. Report crimes to the local police at 102 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +38 (044) 521-5566 during business hours, or +38 (044) 521-5000 after hours.
Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
The general quality of healthcare in Ukraine does not meet American standards, and, as a result, many applied therapies are ineffective.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
Medication: If traveling with prescription medication, check with the State Register of Medicines (Ukrainian language only) to ensure the medication is legal to bring into the country, as many medications that are legal in the United States are prohibited in Ukraine. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevalent in Ukraine:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some violations of laws in Ukraine are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrests: When in a foreign country, you are subject to all that country’s laws, even if they seem harsh by U.S. standards. If you violate local laws, the U.S. government cannot get you out of jail, and your U.S. passport will not protect you. .
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report and the following webpages for details
LGBTI Travelers: Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a problem in Ukraine, as LGBT individuals have been the target of harassment, threats, and acts of violence. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Ukraine, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Right Practices for 2016. For further information on LGBT travel, please read our Information for LGBT Travelers page.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Accessibility is an issue in Ukraine. Public transport systems are not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. Some newer buildings feature ramps and elevators, but older buildings do not. You should check ahead with your hotel/destination to learn more about options to accommodate disabled traveler needs before visiting Ukraine. See our Traveling with Disabilities page.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
Road Conditions and Safety:
In case of accidents:
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Ukraine’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Ukraine’s air carrier operations. You can find further information on the FAA website at the FAA safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Ukraine should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”.