The U.S. State Department has moved its consular services personnel in Lviv, Ukraine to Poland and provided updated guidance for U.S. citizens crossing the Ukraine land border.

Key Points:

  • On Feb. 21, U.S. State Department authorities ordered its personnel in Lviv, Ukraine to spend the night in Poland; however, such personnel will regularly return to Lviv to provide emergency consular services.
  • U.S. citizens who are traveling by land from Ukraine to Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania or Slovakia should follow the border crossing guidance available here. The State Department continues to urge U.S. citizens to leave Ukraine immediately using commercial or private means due to the increased threat of Russian military action.
  • The State Department continues to ask U.S. citizens in Ukraine to complete this online form to make it easier for U.S. officials to communicate with them directly. U.S. citizens trying to leave Ukraine can call 1-606-260-4379 (from overseas) or 1-833-741-2777 (in the U.S.) for immediate assistance.

Additional Information: U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that the U.S. government has said it will not be able to evacuate them in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine. More information for U.S. citizens in Ukraine is available here.

BAL Analysis: The situation in Ukraine may change with little or no notice and companies with employees in the country are encouraged to follow State Department information and warnings closely.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact

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