Citizens of Ukraine can visit 42 world countries amid coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic without any conditions or if certain requirements are met, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.
“There were 38 such countries last week. During this time, their number has increased by four counties,” Kuleba said at an online briefing on Thursday.
In particular, according to the minister, Armenia has joined this list, where it is possible to arrive subject to 14 days of self-isolation. The list also includes three other less popular countries among Ukrainians: Burkina Faso, Togo (Republique Togolaise) and Chad.
As reported, earlier Kuleba named 38 countries where Ukrainians can enter: Turkey, Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Belarus, Great Britain, USA, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia, Republic of Korea, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Seychelles, Bahamas and Lebanon, Bulgaria, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Maldives, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, Jamaica, Cambodia, Comoros, Pakistan, Puerto Rico and Saint Lucia.
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has updated the list of countries of the “red zone,” those arriving from which must undergo a two-week self-isolation or undergo PCR testing for coronavirus disease COVID-19 in laboratories accredited by the Public Health Centre.
The United States, Panama, French Guiana, Oman, Bolivia, Israel, Armenia, Honduras, Belgium, Brazil are included in the top ten countries with the highest rates of active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population as of July 27.
In addition, neighboring Moldova, Russia, Romania, Belarus, as well as Ukraine itself, where the rate of COVID-19 disease per 100,000 of the population is 66.70, are on the “red list.” In general, the list of “red zone” countries published on the website of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine includes 62 countries.
The “red” zone includes countries where the incidence rate of coronavirus exceeds 40 cases per 100,000 population.
Top 20 countries of Ukraine’s foreign trade partners of Jan-Feb 2020 (thousand Usd)
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal notes that in the context of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the world there is serious competition between countries for personal protective equipment, medical equipment and even for doctors.
“In fact, we are faced with great competition between countries for personal protective means, equipment, even for human resources. Countries are competing even for doctors today,” he said in the Svoboda Slova Savika Shustera (Freedom of Speech of Savik Shuster) program on the air of Ukraine TV Channel on Friday night.
Shmyhal emphasized that the tense situation is now observed in many countries. There is the lack of drugs, masks, equipment.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) in connection with information on coronavirus spread offers passengers who have flights to Italy and a number of other countries in March-April 2020 to change the departure date for free, the company’s press service has said.
“To date, there are no any prohibitions on the termination of air traffic with Italy received from international or national competent authorities. In this regard, UIA continues to fly to Italian cities, namely, to Rome, Milan and Venice according to the plan. The airline understands that some passengers who planned their trips to/from Italy in March and April may be concerned about this situation. Thus, UIA offers the opportunity to change the departure date free of charge within the tickets’ validity (if there are free seats in the initial booking class),” reads the statement.
The offer concerns flights from Ukraine to Italy, Germany and Switzerland; from Italy to India, Turkey and Egypt; from Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland to Israel and applies to the transit flights through Ukraine to Italy.
All additional services are automatically transferred to the next flight. Tickets are returned in accordance with the rules of the applicable fare.
“Now we are receiving single requests for changing the departure date, there are no mass refusals of passengers to fly to Italian cities, flight loading remains high. Many airlines reduce or even cancel flights to Italy. We understand how important it is to maintain air traffic between countries and economies in this situation. For our part, to make sure the safety of the flights of our passengers and crews, we take all possible measures and follow the appeal issued in the IATA press release, namely do our job consistently and professionally, without panic,” Yevhenia Satska, UIA Communications Director, said.