- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:30 NZDT
- Still current at: 3 April 2020
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There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ukraine.
Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.
Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel. IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.
The security situation is highly volatile in Crimea and in parts of eastern Ukraine. Russian forces and pro-Russian groups established control in Crimea in February 2014.
Conflict continues in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions between Ukrainian government and separatist forces, including during specified ceasefire periods. Armed groups have established road blocks and checkpoints in certain areas. There have been a significant number of deaths and injuries, including of civilians. Kidnappings and other violent incidents have also occurred, affecting government buildings, airports, military installations, transportation networks and other services.
Under Ukrainian law it is illegal to enter internationally recognised Ukrainian territory through a border point that is not currently controlled by Ukrainian authorities. Currently, these include border points in Crimea, Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk Oblasts.
The situation in Kyiv and other western cities is generally calm however public protests occur sporadically in and around government buildings. Violent protest activity has occurred throughout the eastern regions, and can cause transport disruption. New Zealanders throughout Ukraine are advised to be vigilant and avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend staying informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and following any instructions issued by the local authorities.
Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks across Europe. The Ukrainian authorities have announced that they have disrupted a number of planned attacks, including in Kyiv. Around 100 small scale targeted attacks (assassinations and bombings) including car bombs occur in Ukraine every year, some involving casualties. Further attacks could happen anywhere at anytime, including in areas frequented by foreigners. New Zealanders in Ukraine are advised to exercise vigilance in public places, and stay alert.
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing is increasing, particularly in Kyiv at night. Incidents are increasingly occurring on public transport. Muggings, street scams and drinks spiking have also been reported. We recommend taking extra care to ensure your food and drink is never left unattended and being cautious about accepting drinks from strangers and recent acquaintances.
We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to ensure their safety and secure their personal belongings.As victims of robbery are often targeted due to their perceived wealth, it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as electronic devices and jewellery. Avoid travelling alone and at night.
Credit card fraud, including skimming, and internet fraud is common in Ukraine. We recommend New Zealanders take extra care when using credit cards and ATMs and carefully check credit card statements for fraudulent charges. Be wary of any offers that seem too good to be true, as they may be a scam. For further information see our advice on Internet Fraud and International Scams.
Don’t hail a taxi on the street - order one from your hotel or a taxi company. Only use official taxis, and agree the fare before you get in. At airports, order a taxi from a designated taxi booth.
General Travel Advice
Carry your passport at all times, as local authorities may stop foreigners and ask them to present their passport and visas. Keep a photocopy in a safe place.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
New Zealanders in Ukraine are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Ukraine should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
The New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland is accredited to Ukraine
The New Zealand Honorary Consulate Kyiv, Ukraine
Street Address 7th Floor; 56/21A Prospect Valeria Lobanovskogo, Kyiv 02000, Ukraine Telephone Mobile +38 050 4696771 (During work hours only) Fax Email firstname.lastname@example.org
See our regional advice for Europe
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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Poland
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Ukraine
7th Floor; 56/21A Prospect Valeria Lobanovskogo, Kyiv 02000, Ukraine