PCR Testing In Ukraine
Travel to Ukraine is subject to entry restrictions
What is a PCR Test?
PCR is the abbreviation for Polymerase Chain Reaction test. The PCR test looks for evidence that the Corona virus is currently in your body, by detecting the presence of its RNA in a swab sample from your nose or throat. The PCR test is able to detect the genetic material in the virus called RNA. When the sample is sent to the lab, a solution known as a ‘reagent’ is added to it. If the virus is present the reagent starts a ‘chain reaction’ and creates billions of copies of the genetic material in the virus so that there is enough that it can be detected and analysed by scientists to provide a positive result.
All visitors to Ukraine are subject to additional entry requirements in order to restrict the spread of Covid-19. Depending on which country you arrive from you maybe required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Health Ministry has created zones for countries according to the number of active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of the population. The "red zone" includes countries where the number of active cases of COVID-19 exceeds 55 per 100,000 of the population, and the "green zone" includes countries in which there are less than 55 active cases per 100,000.
Visitors arriving from countries in the “Red Zone” will be required to undergo self-isolation via a tracking app (Dii Vdoma), or quarantine in a Government-approved facility, for 14 days upon arrival. If you are a visitor from a country that is the "Green zone" you will not be required to take a PCR test or self-isolate. However, you will still require proof of health Insurance covering COVID-19 treatment and observation. The insurance policy must be issued by a company registered in Ukraine.
The "Red Zone" consist of countries where COVID-19 cases numbers in the last 14 days have higher case numbers in Ukraine and/or where the incidence has increased by over 30% in the previous 14 days) are required to undergo 14 days’ self-isolation proven by the “Dii Vdoma” tracking app, or quarantine in a Government-approved facility for 14 days upon arrival. Visitors who come to Ukraine from 'red zone' countries can stop self-isolation after they receive a negative PCR test. If a visitor takes a PCR test and receives a negative result no more than 48 hours in advance of his/her arrival in Ukraine, or once in Ukraine, then mandatory self-isolation or quarantine will not be required. In all cases, persons from the red zone countries should install mobile app "Dii Vdoma" on entering Ukraine and be on self-isolation for 14 days, or on self-isolation before receiving the test results.
Citizens of “Red” countries who can prove that they have spent the last 14 days in “green” countries are treated as arriving from the “Green zone”, and will not be required to Self-isolate. Visitors whose travel originated in a “Green” country but who have visited a “Red” country prior to arriving in Ukraine (for example, those travelling by car transiting “red” countries) may be required to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Mandatory self-isolation or quarantine will not be necessary if a traveller undergoes a PCR test and receives a negative result no more than 48 hours in advance of his/her arrival in Ukraine, or once in Ukraine.
How to get a PCR Test in Ukraine
It is possible to take a PCR test directly at some airports in Ukraine. Passengers can take a PCR test at the Lviv, Boryspil (Kyiv airport) and Kharkiv international airports. The whole procedure, including registration, takes approximately 15 minutes. Information as follows: Kharkiv airport: Performed by MTM medical centre; Check-in desk 20, Terminal A first floor; Price: 1,800 UAH from 08:00–21:59, 2,100 UAH from 22:00–07:59; Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat – 11:30-22:30 /Thur, Fri, Sun – 11:30-02:00; Payment: cash or cardKyiv. Boryspil airport: Check-in desk 48 Fast Line, Terminal D third floor; Price: 1,500 UAH; Payment: cardLviv airport: Performed by UNILAB; Price: 1,500 UAH; Results can be in Ukrainian, Polish or English; Payment: online at UNILAB;
Odesa airport: Located in the airport medical centre
Visitors will be tested on arrival and before departure. The results are prepared within 24 hrs.The result will be sent to the e-mail address specified by the passenger. If your result is negative, visitors who have installed the application 'Dii vdoma' will get a notice cancelling self-isolation.
A list of laboratories in Ukraine where you can take a PCR test is listed Here
Visitors from Countries in the Green Zone
Visitors arriving in Ukraine from "Green Zone" countries will not be required to undergo self-isolation. All such citizens could stay in country being visited only if they have Health Insurance Certificate covering COVID-19 treatment and observation. The insurance policy must be issued by a company registered in Ukraine.
Avoid crowded places,
Always keep your identity documents with you
Respect and protect others around you. Keep 1.5m apart
Always wash your hands and use anti-bacterial hand wash wherever possible.
Wear Face mask
Wear a face mask
(Children under 6 years old are allowed to go without face mask)