Guide: traveling between Norway and Ukraine
Updated: November 11th 2021.
As a foreigner who holds a temporary residence permit for entering Ukraine, you need to buy a certificate of insurance, issued by a company registered in Ukraine that’s valid for the full period of your stay. The purpose of this rule, is to cover the traveler in regards to all potential COVID-19 related treatment.
The insurance is fairly cheap, and can be bought on this website. To ease the process when entering Ukraine, we recommend printing a physical copy of your insurance, as you have to present the certificate of insurance together with your passport at border control.
When traveling to Ukraine, you need to have one of the following:
- A document confirming that you have had two doses of the covid-19 vaccine (the vaccine has to be on the WHO list of approved vaccines for emergency situations)
- A foreign COVID certificate confirming vaccination against COVID-19 with 1, 2 or more doses vaccines that are included in the WHO list of approved for emergency use, or a certificate proving recovery of a person from COVID-19.
- Negative PCR test result or rapid test for the SARS-CoV-2 antigen (RAT, Ag) that was done no more than 72 hours before entry.
What does this mean for you when you arrive in Ukraine?
If you are vaccinated, or have a COVID certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19:
You do not have to take a covid-19 test for entry into Ukraine, but you need a certificate of vaccination/certificate of recovery from COVID-19. We recommend printing out your certificate, to ease the process when undergoing border control. When you have entered Ukraine, you may be asked to show the certificate when entering shops, museums, etc. Therefore, you should always have the printed certificate on you.
If you are over 18 years old, and not vaccinated:
You must install the application “Vdoma” and begin self-isolation 72 hours after entry. During this time, you will be able to undergo PCR testing or perform a rapid test for antigen – you can end self isolation in case of a negative result.
Children under 12 years old:
Do not need test certificates, an are exempt from self-isolation with the installation of the app “Vdoma”.
Children from 12 to 18 years old:
Will have to have one of the above documents, but are exempt from self-isolation with the installation of the app “Vdoma”.
Ukraine is categorised as a grey country in Norway, this means that a lot of entry restrictions still apply for people traveling from Ukraine to Norway. There are however exemptions (list of all the exemptions to entry restrictions) which allows for people living in Ukraine to enter Norway, the most relevant being:
If you are vaccinated, or have a COVID certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months:
You can travel to Norway, without having to enter into quarantine, take a covid test at arrival or register your entry. On the other hand, you have to document that you are fully-vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months through possessing a verifiable COVID-19 certificate. Only presentation of a COVID-19 certificate with a QR code which can be verified by the Norwegian authorities is considered a secure and verifiable way to document vaccination or previous illness. The Ukrainian digital covid certificate is approved and effectively connected to the system of the EU digital covid card, and is therefore accepted upon entry into Norway.
The same applies for:
- Minors travelling together with their parents, if the parents are exempt from travel restrictions because they have a COVID-19 certificate.
- Minors travelling to Norway together with their parents, if the parents are exempt from travel restrictions on grounds other than a COVID-19 certificate.
Being fully vaccinated is therefore in most cases the only option at the moment (although other exemptions do exist), for people living in Ukraine – who are eager to travel to Norway – for instance on a business trip. As stated on the website of the Norwegian Government, “Vaccination is the way out of the pandemic, and the second dose offers good protection against serious illness and infection”.