Addendum to the Note Verbale of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine dated 16 March 2020№202/23-010-795


Unofficial translation from Ukrainian



What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation is, first and foremost, avoiding any contact with other people to reduce the risk of infection. Self-isolation excludes any situation where you are in close contact with others (for example, a face-to-face contact closer than
meters or for more than 15 minutes).

The only exception to this is when you seek medical help (only after telephone consultation).

If you doubt whether you need self-isolation or you do not know who to consult for advice, please call the Government Hotline: 1545

Who should self-isolate?

It is highly recommended to self-isolate in case

• you are awaiting novel coronavirus COVID-19 test results;
• you have been in close contact with someone who has novel coronavirus COVID-19;
• you have recently travelled to the Hubei province of the People’s Republic of China, Iran, North Korea, selected regions of Italy (Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto) or other countries which are reported on the website of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, even if you have no symptoms.
• you have recently travelled to China (except Hubei province), Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and you are experiencing cough, shortness of breath and/or fever.

How long should self-isolation last?

If you have been recommended or if you have taken a decision on self-isolation, it should last at least 14 days from the date of the recent travel or close contact with a person who is sick

How to get prepared for self-isolation?

Try to schedule the time of self-isolation so that you would not need to leave home or have visitors and guests. Explain this to your friends and relatives. 

Talk to your employer to see if you can work from home during the time of self-isolation.

Keep in touch with your family doctor and warn him/her in advance about your decision to self-isolate, also choose a contact person from your friends or relatives who will be the first person you will ask for help.


What should you do if you do not live alone?

If you live with your family or flatmates, you should self-isolate in a separate room with good ventilation. If possible, use a separate bathroom and/or toilet, prepare your food and have meals separately.

Remember about personal hygiene: wash your hands with soap, provide wet cleaning of your accommodation, cover your coughs and sneezes, use disposable tissues. During inevitable contacts with other people, wear a medical facemask and throw it away after use or contamination.

Self-isolate from your pets or minimize your contacts with them. 

How to get your food delivered?

Minimize going out to do the shopping. If possible, ask your friends and relatives to get food and other supplies delivered to your accommodation or use a contactless delivery option with online payment.

What should you do if you need to leave home?

If you urgently need to leave the place of self-isolation, wear a facemask and minimize contacts with other people. Use hand sanitizers, cover your coughs.

What should you do if you develop thesymptoms?

If during the self-isolation you notice the symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, diarrhea) urgently turn for medical help and inform about your recent travel and possible contacts with people with acute respiratory viral infection.​

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