The Government ensures a stable and controlled situation at the border and customs, in connection with the adopted decisions on temporary suspending of crossing the state border, aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 on the territory of Ukraine. This was emphasized during a briefing at the Government House on 16 March.
Head of the State Customs Service (SCS) Maxym Nefiodov emphasized that the situation in terms of movement of goods, exports or imports is completely under control. "At large checkpoints, at the borders with neighbors, Ukrainian experts are constantly coordinating work with colleagues, so the information that Ukrainian exporters will not be able to export their products or there will be a critical shortage of imports is far from true," he explained.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the SCS called on citizens and carriers to use the interactive map of operation of checkpoints. At the same time, Maxym Nefiodov asked to be understanding of the situation and be prepared to the fact that logistics can in some places be slowed down - due to the passing of temperature screening by drivers and filling by them questionnaires related to safety issues.
However, according to the Head of SCS, Ukrainian customs officers, together with their counterparts from across the border, are promptly addressing capacity-building issues by redeploying staff from the checkpoints that are temporarily closed.
Maxym Nefiodov also stressed that restrictions on the export of medicines, in particular, protective masks, outerwear, etc are in effect in Ukraine. Therefore, the State Customs Service together with the State Border Service and the National Police strictly control this issue.
First Deputy Chairman of the State Border Guard Service Volodymyr Nikiforenko stressed that ensuring the implementation of the adopted decision on the ban on entering Ukraine by foreigners, today starting 00:00 over fifty foreigners were denied entry. According to him, departure of foreign citizens from Ukraine will be allowed in accordance with the established procedure.
Besides, on March 17, air, bus and rail communication will be suspended. "That is, the possibility of crossing the border by car remains," said Volodymyr Nikiforenko.
According to him, the determined checkpoints operate in the regular regime. "We have good communication both within the country with the relevant services and with the neighboring parties," he said, urging Ukrainian citizens to return home.
According to information provided by the Ministry of Health, two new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Ukraine.
On March 16, two women from Chernivtsi region received laboratory-confirmed tests with COVID-19. Patients are currently isolated and under medical observation.
According to the research by Ukrainian doctors, all 123 passengers who arrived from Italy at night were tested and received a negative result.