On February 12, the State Department ordered the mandatory evacuation of “most U.S. direct hire employees from the US Embassy in Kyiv. Also on February 12, US Embassy Kyiv announced that U.S. citizens may enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine:
“Poland has indicated to the U.S. government that U.S. citizens may now enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine. No advanced approval is required. We encourage those traveling into Poland by land from Ukraine to cross at the Korczowa-Krakovets or Medyka-Shehyni border crossings. U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Travelers are also encouraged to present a negative test result from a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test, which will facilitate entry into Poland.”
On February 13, the State Department suspended consular services in Kyiv. The Level 4/Do Not Travel advisory for Ukraine notes that the Embassy Kyiv “will maintain a small consular presence in Lviv, Ukraine to handle emergencies” but no passport, visa or routine services will be provided.
Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19; those in Ukraine should depart immediately via commercial or private means. If remaining in Ukraine, exercise increased caution due to crime, civil unrest, and potential combat operations should Russia take military action. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
On February 12, 2022, the Department of State ordered the departure of most U.S. direct hire employees from Embassy Kyiv due to the continued threat of Russian military action. U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine, and those in Ukraine should depart immediately using commercial or other privately available transportation options. The Department previously authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. direct hire employees and ordered the departure of eligible family members on January 23, 2022.
As of Sunday, February 13, 2022, the Department of State will suspend consular services at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. The Embassy will maintain a small consular presence in Lviv, Ukraine to handle emergencies, but will not be able to provide passport, visa or routine consular services. U.S. citizens may seek these services at U.S. Embassies in neighboring countries. U.S. citizens seeking emergency assistance in Ukraine should complete this online form and the State Department will respond.
BREAKING: U.S. officials say the United States is preparing to evacuate its embassy in Kyiv as Western intelligence officials warn that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is increasingly imminent. https://t.co/4wA831xH5J
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 12, 2022
@USEmbassyKyiv will maintain a small consular presence in Lviv, Ukraine to handle emergencies, but will not be able to provide passport, visa or routine consular services – @StateDept. @CanEmbUkraine has relocated some staff to Lviv
#Ukraine #UkraineCrisis #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/7LUa1pRBXo
— Michael Bociurkiw (@WorldAffairsPro) February 12, 2022
UKRAINE: Poland has indicated that U.S. citizens may now enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine. No advanced approval is required. U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. https://t.co/Lhc5BQ7jhR pic.twitter.com/r6ahkXu5EL
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) February 12, 2022
Western governments evacuating diplomatic staff from Kyiv are increasingly setting up temporary embassies in Lviv, a Ukrainian city near the Polish border. https://t.co/RHFaFfUhee
— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) February 13, 2022