The European Union adds Ukraine to the list of countries for which restrictions on non-essential travel should be lifted
July 16, 2021.
Following a review under the recommendation of the Council of the European Union of June 2020 on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council has updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted.
Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, EU member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of Ukraine. Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.
“I am very happy about this recommendation of the Council of the European Union. Mobility and contacts between people are essential to our relations and need to be restored. It is important that the epidemiological situation in Ukraine continues improving. The EU will contribute its share to making this happen, including by co-funding COVAX vaccine deliveries”, said Ambassador Matti Maasikas, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine.
The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted were updated on 20 May 2021. They cover the epidemiological situation and overall response to COVID-19, as well as the reliability of the available information and data sources.
Ukrainian citizens are strongly advised to check country-specific requirements before travelling.