Parts of the EU is opening their borders for vaccinated Ukrainians, but there are different restrictions in certain countries.
Travelling during the pandemic has been limited for many. Travelling for Ukrainians to the neighbouring EU, for example, has been complicated for several months. That is now changing for the few Ukrainians who have been vaccinated, reports UBN.
The around 766,718 Ukrainians who has been fully vaccinated with either Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can now travel to the EU countries Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania with proof of vaccination. In addition, Ukrainians who have been vaccinated with one of the Chinese vaccines can also travel to Hungary.
Furthermore, some other EU countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus are also open for Ukrainians with a negative PCR-test – not older than 72 hours upon arrival. You can follow the developments on the Foreign Ministry’s website here.
A vaccine passport will help
The Ukrainian government has long been talking about aligning their vaccinations with the EU so that travelling again would be possible. In May, Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, said that “Ukraine was the first to apply to the European Commission to agree on the compatibility of the Ukrainian and European digital COVID-19 immunity certificates” so that Ukrainians can travel freely to the EU this summer.
Back in February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also said that Ukraine is doing everything to make sure that Ukrainians can travel again.
“Will the world travel? It all depends on us, on people. Because I am sure that Europe will not allow you to travel freely unless you are vaccinated. If people want to go somewhere – vacation or business trip, they will have to be vaccinated,” the President said.
The vaccination progress in Ukraine is slow, where only around 2.5 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated. Ukraine is, however, expected to receive millions of doses of vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna during July.