Last updated July 9, 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). We are planning on a Fall 2021 semester here as well.
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.
Borders are open! For those who are fully vaccinated, no testing is required. Travelers can also enter Ukraine either with a negative antigen rapid Covid-19 test result, or a PRC test issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
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) after being suspended for months.
As of July 9th, Ukraine has 26.4 active cases per 100,000 people. In comparison, the USA is currently averaging 1,474 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.
There are some restrictions to be aware of, but plenty of things have started to reopen.
We’re seeing that restaurants, cafes, stores, and all other essential (and non-essential) establishments are open, just with social distancing requirements and some adjusted hours in some cases. There are even some perks for those who are vaccinated, like being able to attend mass events.
Out & About
The country is in an adaptive quarantine until at least August 31st. Expect to wear a mask on all public transportation and while in indoor public spaces. Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying.
We have had volunteers in Ukraine since Fall 2020. You can get a glimpse into what living, teaching, and even traveling is like on the ILP takeover. Just find the Ukraine highlight at the top to see the most current semester’s takeover.
Volunteers will need to wear a mask while teaching, so be prepared for that.
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.
A lot of popular destinations in Europe are beginning to allow US travelers who are fully vaccinated. Details are still being figured out but countries like Greece, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, France, and the UK are looking like likely options.
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.