Ukraine bans foreign arrivals from India / REUTERS

The Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine's government, has decided to ban foreigners arriving from India from crossing the Ukrainian border as of May 2, 2021.

"India is in the lead in terms of the absolute daily number of COVID-19 cases with almost 400,000 per day in the past few days. Ukraine's government has decided to ban crossing the state border from 00:00 on May 2 for foreigners and stateless persons arriving from the Republic of India or who have been staying in its territory for at least seven days within the last 14 days," Ukrainian Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko said at a briefing on Friday, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

Read alsoAnother batch of Chinese vaccine for COVID set to arrive in Kyiv Apr 30 – ministerAccording to the official, citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons who permanently or temporarily reside in the territory of Ukraine, spouses or children of Ukrainian citizens who arrive in Ukraine from India or have been staying in its territory for at least seven days within the last 14 days, are subject to mandatory self-isolation, regardless of the results of PCR testing.

COVID-19 in India

  • As of the morning of April 28, India had registered 17,636,307 COVID-19 cases. The country ranks second worldwide in terms of the spread of the disease and one of the first in terms of the number of deaths.
  • However, no lockdown has been introduced in India. Markets and shopping malls are open, as well as large weddings could take place. Also, one of the largest events of the year, namely the Holi Festival of Colors, has recently been held there. Millions of Indians took part in the event without observing quarantine rules.
  • Due to a surge in new patients and the low start of vaccination, India has even suspended exports of millions of doses of the vaccine ordered by the COVAX Facility for poor countries.
  • At the same time, the country's officials during the celebration of the festival refrained from mentioning the ongoing quarantine and greeted people, wishing them happiness and joy.