Ukraine

Last updated May 14, 2021

Today’s Status, Looking Towards Fall 2021 — Green

We currently have volunteers here for a Summer 2021 semester, after a successful group in the Spring and previous Fall (2020).

Check below to get more details on some key aspects that we’re watching (it’s stuff you’re going to want to know). Also, this info can change often, so check back frequently.

Getting There

Borders are open, and travelers from the U.S. can enter Ukraine either with a negative Covid-19 test result or they can test on arrival. 

Please stay up to date on current entry requirements. They are changing frequently, but can be looked up here and here.      

There is an additional health insurance requirement for travelers to Ukraine.

You don’t need a visa prior to arriving in Ukraine.

We get to this in a minute regarding vacations, but traveling out of the country may be a little tricky depending on the quarantine and border policies of the countries you may want to vacation to.

International flights have been open since the middle of June (except a brief closure in September) — a welcome change since on March 25, 2020, Ukraine closed its border for all scheduled passenger services. 

Additionally, the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine has resumed online scheduling of certain American Services (things like passport renewals and replacements). It’s a welcome update, especially since these services had been suspended for months.

Daily Life

As of May 13th, Ukraine has 621.7 active cases per 100,000 people. In comparison, the USA is currently averaging 1,935.7 cases. Healthcare in Kiev is good, with a number of quality private hospitals. Testing is available and happening, and the country has started vaccinating. There has been a steady decrease in new cases in Ukraine since about November which we are glad to see.

The school year began on September 7th and children are back in class.

You can plan on enjoying some of our favorite things to do in this part of the world. Similar to how things are at home, higher-risk places like buffet restaurants are still closed and there are some restrictions to be aware of, but plenty of things have started to reopen.

As of May 1st, the Kyiv metro (and other public transportation methods) are resuming normal operation, pre-pandemic. Also, facilities like retail stores, gyms, markets, fairs, festivals, and other businesses are open, with schools reopening as of May 5th. We’re happy to see these quarantine restrictions lifted. 

Out & About

Travel around the country is looking good. We’ve seen the country open up recently, with businesses, restaurants, public transportation, beaches, and more open to locals and tourists. We particularly loved seeing the metro open back up on in May of last year. Right now, everyone is required to wear masks while on the metro (and observe social distancing as much as possible) so be prepared for that.

For the most part, transportation and hotels around Ukraine are open for business which is really good news for everyone.

Travel around the country is looking good. We’ve seen the country open up recently, with businesses, restaurants, public transportation, beaches, and more open to locals and tourists.

For the most part, transportation and hotels around Ukraine are open for business which is really good news for everyone.

Out of country travel is extremely limited now and may not be possible to many places. In a nutshell, in order for you to travel out of the country, that country has to let you in and Ukraine has to let you back. A lot of popular destinations in Europe aren’t allowing US travelers but that may be changing in the summer for vaccinated volunteers. Volunteers will be working with their program manager about which locations are available for vacations, but know that traveling within Ukraine is going to be an option regardless.

Can I still apply for Ukraine?

Absolutely! We have volunteers here for a Summer 2021 semester, so if you’re considering volunteering this Fall, we’d recommend getting a jump on your application ASAP! Or if you’re considering traveling in 2022, now is a great time to start your application for those semesters as well. 

We are so excited for volunteers to be back in Ukraine!

What is traveling and living in Ukraine like right now?

For Ukraine, things have slowly been opening back up both for domestic and international tourism. We’re seeing some of the same precautions you’d take at home (like wearing a mask and social distancing). Just like there is a risk to go out in Utah right now, there will be risks to traveling anywhere, including Ukraine.