On February 24, 2022, the world watched in shock as the Russian military invaded Ukrainetargeting homes, hospitals, bridges and schools.
More than six million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)  — mostly women and children — had to leave behind their fathers, brothers, and husbands, seeking safe shelter in neighboring Moldova, Poland and other European states. Over eight million additional Ukrainians are currently displaced inside the country.

The escalation of violence led to grave human suffering. Here are some ways that Operation Recovery is actively assisting the people of Ukraine:

  • Leveraging our skilled veteran and humanitarian networks and honing those systems developed during the last ten months in Afghanistan, we are coordinating with and supplying humanitarian assistance to multiple municipalities as well as local NGOs operating in multiple countries along the Ukrainian border. 

  • Providing aid focused especially on the women, children, and elderly populations fleeing their homes. The most urgent needs to date have been baby formula, diapers, and medical supplies.

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Please see below for resources currently available from the U.S. Department of State.


U.S. citizens in Ukraine should complete this online form so that the State Department can communicate with you.

U.S. citizens seeking to depart Ukraine can also call 1-833-741-2777 (in the United States)

or 1-606-260-4379 (from overseas) for immediate assistance.

Visit this page for the latest alerts and messages to U.S. citizens in Ukraine.

We 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.

Comprehensive information for U.S. citizens in Ukraine is available on the Ukraine country information page.

We also encourage those traveling by land from Ukraine to cross at the border crossings listed below, if you need assistance from a

 

U.S. consular officer:

Poland: 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. The U.S. embassy has consular officers stationed near these crossings to provide assistance. Please call +48 22 504 2784 or +48 22 504 2000 (Embassy Warsaw), or +48 12 424 5100 (Consulate General Krakow), or email [email protected] or [email protected] for further information.  You may contact the Polish Border Guard by email at [email protected] or by phone at +48 22 500 4068, +48 22 500 4568, or +48 22 500 5468. The Polish Border Guard’s website also provides relevant information (in Polish). The U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Poland’s website describes entry and exit requirements (located under the header “Entry and Exit Requirements”).

Romania: We encourage those traveling into Romania by land from Ukraine to cross at the Siret border crossing. The U.S. embassy will soon have consular officers stationed near this crossing to provide assistance.  Please call +40-41-270-6000 or email [email protected] for further information.  Vaccinated and unvaccinated U.S. citizens may enter Romania by land. The Romanian Border Police’s website also provides relevant information. The U.S. Embassy in Romania’s website describes entry and exit requirements (located under the header “Entry and Exit Requirements”).

Hungary: We encourage those traveling into Hungary by land from Ukraine to cross at the Záhony border crossing. The U.S. embassy will have staff stationed near this crossing to provide assistance. Please contact +36-1-475-4400 by phone or [email protected] by email for further information. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Hungary, but should be prepared to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19. Please contact +36-1-475-4400 by phone or [email protected] by email for further information. Hungarian Police’s website provides relevant information. The U.S. Embassy in Hungary’s website describes entry and exit requirements (located under the header “Entry and Exit Requirement”).

Slovakia: A list of open border crossings is available on the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava’s website. The U.S. embassy can provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens who cross into Slovakia from Ukraine.  Please call +421-2-5443-0861 or +421-903-703-666 by phone or email [email protected] for further information. All borders in Slovakia are open to vaccinated travelers, and unvaccinated travelers will be allowed entry in a humanitarian emergency, but may need to undergo testing and quarantine. The U.S. Embassy in Slovakia’s website describes entry and exit requirements (located under the header “Entry and Exit Requirements”) in more detail.

Moldova: U.S. citizens traveling into Moldova by land from Ukraine should avoid the Transnistria region and cross into Moldova either to the north or south of the region. The main Moldova-Ukraine border crossing south of Transnistria is Palanca – Mayaki Udobnoe. The main border crossing north of Transnistria is Otaci – Mohyliv-Podilskyi. U.S. Embassy personnel will be stationed near border crossings to provide assistance. Please contact +373-2240-8300 by phone or [email protected] by email for further information. Travelers should not enter Moldova through the breakaway region of Transnistria, where the U.S. Embassy has limited access and cannot provide the full range of assistance to U.S. citizens. Travelers should note the Chisinau-Odesa train goes through Transnistria as well. More information on Transnistria can be found here.

U.S. citizens can enter Moldova, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, though travel restrictions in-country will vary depending on vaccination status. The Moldovan Border Police’s website provides relevant information (in Romanian).  The U.S. Embassy in Moldova’s COVID-19 website describes entry and exit requirements in full under the header “Entry and Exit Requirements.”

The European Union: The European Union maintains a website with all travel restrictions for member states.