U.S. Embassy Kyiv’s Support for U.S. Citizens in Ukraine
The Department of State has no greater priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. And the team at U.S. Embassy Kyiv has been working around the clock to provide support to U.S. citizens in Ukraine during the global outbreak of COVID-19.
U.S. Embassy Kyiv coordinated closely with Ukrainian International Airlines to create an opportunity for U.S. citizens to fly home today, March 25, from Kyiv Boryspil Airport to John F Kennedy Airport in New York City. Another opportunity to fly from Kyiv to New York is coming up on March 27. More details on this flight can be found on the Embassy’s “Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens” website: https://ua.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-kyiv-ukraine-4/
“On March 19, 2020 the U.S. Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” U.S. Embassy Consul General John Ballard said. “U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. If you need to leave Ukraine, you should strongly consider departing on the next available flight.”
The Embassy’s Consular Section has made hundreds of phone calls to inform U.S. citizens of departing flight opportunities and has issued emergency passports for U.S. citizens who wish to travel but did not have a valid passport.
“My team stands ready to continue assisting U.S. citizens,” Consul General Ballard said. “If you are a U.S. citizen who may want to depart but has questions or needs assistance, email KyivACS@state.gov during Ukrainian business hours or call +380 44 521 5566. For emergencies after business hours, call +380 44 521 5000.”
U.S. citizens who remain overseas should enroll in STEP.state.gov to receive important safety and security information from U.S. Embassy Kyiv, including messages about scheduled flights. Please also monitor our website and social media for further information.