Information for U.S. Citizens in Ukraine


DOS encourage U.S. citizens to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.

Read alerts and message on security and border crossing issues from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

Guidance on Land Border Crossings

U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ukraine by land have several options, listed below. DOS understand that most border crossings into Poland and all main crossing points into Moldova are severely backed up and some are experiencing extremely long wait times (well over 30 hours in some cases). DOS recommend that, if possible, U.S. citizens consider redirecting to border crossings with Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia, which are currently experiencing lower wait times to cross.

Note that conditions at each border can change very quickly and wait times can increase at any time without warning. Be prepared to wait for many hours to cross:

  • Have extra batteries and power banks for your mobile phones.

  • Bring enough food and water for at least two days.

  • Stock up on diapers and baby food, if applicable.

  • Bring blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothes.

  • Ensure enough pet food if you are with your pet.

  • Bring hard copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports [even if expired], any other identification) and don’t rely on cell phones and computer batteries.

  • Book accommodations prior to arrival, as many hotels near the borders are already booked.

Local authorities in Romania, Poland, and Moldova have reception centers immediately beyond most border crossings, where you can find food, temporary lodging, clothes, and transportation to the next bigger town.

Specific info on entering neighboring countries from Ukraine