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It will now be more challenging to travel to Ukraine without vaccination. 

The more contagious Delta variant is starting to mark Europe and is making the Ukrainian health authorities worried. To minimize the spread of the Delta variant, the government in Ukraine has decided to update entry rules for foreigners and Ukrainians.

It is still unclear when the new rules come into force, but they are expected within a week. The new rules say that foreigners and Ukrainians, who aren’t vaccinated, will have to self-isolate for 14 days if they have been in either Russia or India in the last 14 days. 

The rules also say that Ukrainians and foreigners without and with a Ukrainian residence permit will need to show either a negative PCR or antigen test – not older than 72 hours – or proof of complete vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can take a test within 72 hours in Ukraine, and if it is negative, you will not be required to self-isolate. 

Foreigners are always required to have insurance covering COVID-19 treatment when entering Ukraine. You can buy insurance here

Increased problems in Ukraine

The number of daily Covid-cases remains relatively low. In the last 24 hours, Ukraine has reported 846 new cases, while 510 patients have recovered from the virus and 25 have died. The total number of deaths has reached 52,916 since the start of the pandemic. 

The number of daily cases is low, but the Ukrainian health authorities are criticized for making few tests compared to other countries. In addition, the new Delta variant is making the health authorities worried that a new wave could hit Ukraine in late August. 

The good news is that the speed of vaccination is increasing in Ukraine. 143,534 were vaccinated in the last 24 hours, which means that a total of 3.3 million people have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. 1.8 million has received both. 

“I can say the preliminary results of a poll conducted in our country. The results show that 33% of the population is already immune to Covid-19,” said the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov recently, according to 112