Do Not Travel Advisory Issued for Ukraine – Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv Suspended as of Sunday, February 13
The Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
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.
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, including processing adoption visas and assistance to U.S. citizens and their adopted children in departing Ukraine. 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.
All ASPs with active adoption programs in Ukraine are asked to contact any families currently in Ukraine or with plans to travel immediately to ensure understanding of this important update.
Click here for more information on the U.S. Department of State travel advisory:
content/travel/en/ traveladvisories/ traveladvisories/ukraine- travel-advisory.html
On February 10, 2022, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced new guidelines for international arrivals, which includes lifting the 7 day quarantine requirement, effective Monday, February 14, 2022. Click here to read more: GuidelinesforInternationalarrivalsupdatedon10thFebruary2022
All international travelers are still required to obtain a negative COVID test prior to arrival and complete a self-declaration form through Air Suviddha. Upon arrival, travelers must quarantine for 7 days and take a RT-PCR test on the 8th day. Exemptions to the quarantine are not available at this time.
Please check the US Embassy website for more information on COVID-19 requirements. https://in.usembassy.gov/
January 18, 2022The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine issued a Security Alert on January 12 reminding U.S. citizens that security conditions in the region may change with little or no notice. Adoption agencies have been requested by the Office of Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State, to notify them of all prospective adoptive parents who are currently in Ukraine or en route. Agencies are to email ASPAdoption@state.gov
using subject line: Notification of family in Ukraine and include the following information:
- Names of prospective adoptive parents and their contact information
- City/region where they are staying in Ukraine
- Date of their planned departure from Ukraine
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ASPAdoption@state.gov.
Embassy of India
Advisory on Tourist Visas
The Government of India has decided to issue fresh tourist visas with effect from 15 October, 2021 for group tourism and from 15 November, 2021 for individual travel. In this context, the following may be noted:
All foreign nationals intending to visit India for tourism will be allowed to enter India on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa through chartered flights (for group tourism only) with effect from 15 October, 2021.
All foreign nationals intending to visit India for individual tourism purposes will be permitted to enter India on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa with effect from 15 November, 2021. Such travel will be allowed through Vande Bharat Mission, Air Bubble Scheme or by any scheduled/non-scheduled commercial flight allowed by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter India through land routes on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa.
A Single Entry e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa valid for a stay of up to 30 days will be issued, which will have to be utilized within a period of 120 days from the date of issue. This visa will be issued on a gratis basis for a limited time once to each applicant.
It may be noted that existing valid e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa issued before 6 October, 2021 will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted.
The process of obtaining e-Tourist Visa/Regular Tourist Visa may be accessed at the following links:
e-Tourist Visa – https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. The applicant may note that the Embassy does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.
Regular Tourist Visa through the Embassy of India –https://www.indianembassyusa.gov.in/extra?id=88
Applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf.
May 10, 2021
There is an updated Bulgarian Ministry of Health (MOH) order issued on May 1, 2021 that makes it easier for citizens of many countries, including the United States, to travel to Bulgaria. American citizens traveling on a U.S. passport – including adoptive parents – are now excepted from the MOH order and may enter Bulgaria by presenting one of the following:
- (a) a vaccination certificate for a completed vaccination course against COVID-19. The vaccination certificate is considered valid 14 days after receiving the final dose. The document should include full name of the vaccinated person as per the identification document, date of birth, dates the vaccine doses were administered, vaccine name and batch number, name of the producer, details of the vaccine certificate issuing authority and country; or
- (b) a positive result from a PCR or antigen test for immunity for COVID-19 for persons who had the coronavirus infection not more than 6 months from the date they enter the country; or
- (c) a negative result from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of their entry into the country or a negative antigen test performed within 48 hours of their entry into the country.
For more Covid-19 information for Bulgaria, please visit the Embassy’s website: https://bg.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Bulgaria.html
The information from our previous email dated January 20, 2021 is still valid: The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air travelers, two years of age or older, to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their travel in order to be admitted into the United States. This includes U.S. citizens and adoptees: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.
Immigrant Visa Unit
May 5, 2021
The Indian Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) and the U.S. Embassy have in the past months been working diligently to process cases as expeditiously as possible, while following Indian quarantine protocols to combat COVID-19. With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the situation is changing rapidly and there are multiple cities and states in India under lockdowns. For the latest travel information and health alerts related to COVID-19 in India, please review the information on the U.S. Embassy New Delhi’s website: https://travel.state.
gov/content/travel/en/ international-travel/ International-Travel-Country- Information-Pages/India.html.
On April 30, President Biden signed a presidential proclamation that suspended certain types of travel for non-U.S. citizens present in India. The proclamation does not affect adoptive children, who may continue to travel to the United States and seek entry. Additionally, U.S. Embassy New Delhi continues to process visas for adoptive children. However, CARA has requested that the U.S. Central Authority ask prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) to postpone travel until after the current surge.
There are currently direct flights running from India to the U.S. on United Airlines and Air India. We strongly urge families currently in India to book one of the direct flights back to the United States, as transiting Europe is not an option for Indian citizens (which would include the adopted child(ren)) due to U.S. and European travel restrictions currently in place. We cannot predict whether these or other flight routes will be affected by the pandemic situation in the future. As we do not have a role in travel arrangements, we recommend families stay in touch with ASP representatives.
We all hope this situation eases in the near future so families can continue their plans for adoptions in India without significant further delay.
Office of Children’s Issues
April 2, 2021
COVID-19 Testing For U.S. Entry
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
A list of COVID Testing Centers in Ukraine can be found here.
City of Kyiv ONLY:
In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Kyiv city government has introduced stricter quarantine measures starting March 20 until April 9, 2021, which will include the following restrictions:
- Closure of cinemas, theaters, museums, and other cultural establishments
- Closure of shopping malls and stores except for grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores, shops selling hygiene products and household chemicals
- No religious services, public and sport events
- Limitation of restaurant, cafes, and catering establishments’ operations to “takeaway” mode only
- Beauty salons will operate by appointment only
- Spring break starts early in schools, kindergartens will continue to operate as usual
- Public transportation will work as usual – but with max 50% of seat occupancy
- Ukraine is under an adaptive quarantine until April 30, 2021.
- Wearing masks is mandatory in public transportation and indoor public places. Individuals and establishments can be fined for not complying. Everyone should carry ID.
Please check out the U.S. Embassy website for the latest COVID information for Ukraine. https://ua.usembassy.gov/
Random testing of passengers arriving from states witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases will be done at the Delhi airport and those found positive will be “mandatorily quarantined”.
“As per the latest government mandate, District Disaster Management Authorities will conduct random COVID-19 testing of passengers coming from the states where the cases are increasing,” Delhi Airport said in a statement on Wednesday.
“After collections of samples, the travellers would be allowed to exit. However, those passengers who are found positive will be mandatorily quarantined as per the protocol of the ministry of health and family welfare,” it added.
The Delhi government had earlier declared that random testing of coronavirus will be held across airports, railway and bus stations.
Over 53,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours, out of which Delhi contributed with 992.
March 4, 2021
U.S. Embassy New Delhi has informed the Office of Children’s Issues that India’s Civil Aviation Ministry in addition to requiring a negative COVID test result 72 hours prior to departure from the United States to India, a negative COVID test, taken up to 72 hours prior to departure, is now required to enter New Delhi from these five states in India:
- Madya Pradesh
Other domestic travel restrictions and requirements are currently in place for other states. Requirements for testing after domestic travel may impact prospective adoptive parents being able to visit children in orphanages in affected states. We caution that the situation is fluid and requirements could change rapidly with little to no notice. We recommend you monitor the embassy website for updates on travel requirements and restrictions, and to check the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website for more information, as well as the website of the state to which you plan to travel.
The Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State