On March 1, the State Department issued new guidance on land border crossings for U.S. citizens departing Ukraine.
U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ukraine by land have several options, listed below. We 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). We 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
Read more here.
US EMBASSY POLAND
Byłem dziś razem z @Trzaskowski_ w centrum dla uciekających przed wojną w Ukrainie, na dworcu Warszawa Wschodnia. Imponujące jest zaangażowanie i dobra wola Polaków. Cieszę się, że mogą pomagać sami czując się bezpiecznie. pic.twitter.com/jiQZVsMBRF
— Ambasador Mark Brzezinski (@USAmbPoland) March 2, 2022
U.S. citizens departing Ukraine:
Poland-Ukraine border crossings remain open, although long waits are reported. Poland has suspended COVID-19 related entry and testing requirements. Have identity, travel documents ready at the time of crossing. More info: https://t.co/PzjBLR8NZE https://t.co/9v9wTDgCJW
— US Embassy Warsaw (@USEmbassyWarsaw) March 2, 2022
US EMBASSY ROMANIA
🇺🇸 Embassy staff visited the Siret Border Crossing Point today. They met with officials, civil society, & volunteers all helping refugees flee the 🇷🇺 invasion in 🇺🇦. Romanian government and private compassion & care is profound & it is needed. #compassion #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/ObadELpUuA
— US Embassy Bucharest (@AmbasadaSUA) March 2, 2022
US EMBASSY HUNGARY
CDA Marc Dillard visited the Zahony border crossing and the Embassy border support team. We will continue to provide support and assistance to the people of 🇺🇦 in response to this unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russia. #UnitedWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/CnoaIw9fTI
— US Embassy Budapest (@usembbudapest) March 1, 2022
US EMBASSY SLOVAKIA
Ukraine has shown incredible strength and determination as they face this unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russia. We stand together for the women, children and men of #Ukraine as they fight to defend themselves. We All Stand Together #UnitedWithUkraine #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/0rT3xPS3Vr
— USembassySK (@USEmbassySK) March 2, 2022