Foreign travel suspension announced

19 Mar 20

UKRAINE

IMPACT – HIGH

The Ukrainian government recently announced a foreign travel suspension to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points:

  • Foreign nationals are no longer allowed to enter Ukraine, effective March 16, with the exception of holders of Ukranian permanent or temporary residence permits. Accredited diplomatic mission and consulate employees, and employees from representative offices of international organizations, per an agreement by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are also not affected.
  • The suspension duration has been described as two weeks.
  • From March 14 onwards, Ukrainian embassies have stopped issuing visas to Ukraine.

Analysis & Comments: The new travel restrictions will significantly impact travel to Ukraine. It is possible further restrictions may be announced. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Significant delays may occur for consular and in-country processing.

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