- Due to the imposition of martial law in Ukraine, men aged 18 to 60 are prohibited from crossing the Ukrainian border.
- Ukrainian refugees have the right to live and work in the European Union for up to three years.
- COVID restrictions have been suspended
- Passport / ID: According to unofficial sources, you do not need to have a passport or identity card. However, it is recommended to carry any identity documents, including national or international passports, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, etc .;
- Crossing the border by car: Citizens of Ukraine can cross the borders of Poland, Slovakia and Hungary without a Green Card policy.
- Free transportation: All Ukrainians with valid passports have the right to free travel on intercity trains in Poland;
- Ukrainians will be able to legally spend 18 months in Poland;
- The period of stay can be extended for another 18 months, so that the citizens of Ukraine will be able to stay in Poland for up to 3 years;
- Ukrainians will have access to public services on a general basis.
The Polish government will submit to the Parliament a special bill on the rights and guarantees of refugees from Ukraine.
- Entry with or without documents: Persons with or without a foreign biometric passport will be able to enter Slovakia.
- Transit entry for third country residents / nationals: Third country residents and nationals will be transited through Slovakia if they have a valid international travel document (biometric passport). Such persons must leave Slovakia within 72 hours of entry;
- International protection or short-term stay of up to 90 days: A citizen of Ukraine with a valid foreign biometric passport will have the opportunity to receive both international protection (asylum or subsidiary protection) and the right to short-term stay in the EU for up to 90 days. A citizen of Ukraine without a valid travel document or without any documents at all will have the opportunity to apply for international protection under the EU asylum procedure;
- Free public transport for citizens of Ukraine: It applies to intercity trains and suburban buses:
- The Slovak Railway Company (Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko) has introduced free InterCity travel for Ukrainian citizens with a valid passport;
- In some regions, in particular Bratislava and Trnava, free commuter bus travel has been introduced for Ukrainian citizens.
- Citizens of Ukraine will be allowed to enter Moldova, even if they do not have foreign passports, and the border can be crossed with an internal identity card. In addition, Ukrainians do not need a Covid-19 vaccination certificate to cross the border.
- Children will be admitted on the basis of birth certificates and domestic or foreign passports.
- Ukrainian vehicles without a green card policy will be allowed to enter Moldova, but such drivers will be required to purchase a policy within 24 hours of arrival.
- The green line you can call is 080001527
- Can I enter Romania if I do not have a passport / have an expired passport? Yes. You need any identification card – individual entrepreneur card, identity card, birth certificate, expired passport, including without any documents, if you apply for asylum. An asylum application can be rejected later.
- Can children accompanied by one of the parents enter Romania? Yes
- Can children enter Romania only with their grandparents / other relatives? Yes, but it is better to be able to prove kinship, otherwise children will be considered as lonely.
- Can children enter Romania on their own? Yes, but they will be housed in the Refugee Center and placed under the care of the guardianship authorities.
- Can children accompanied by one of the parents leave Romania? Yes. Formalities for a power of attorney for one of the parents are required only for Romanian citizens.
- I drove to Romania. Is my RCA valid in Ukraine? If you have a “green card” covering the EU / Romania, it is valid. If not, you can get a special border insurance – it costs about 150 euros and is valid for 30 days.
- Can I work in Romania? Yes, you have the right to work in Romania for 9 months without a work permit if you have a long-term work visa. The rules are adapting.
- Passport / identity document: There are no requirements for a passport. However, the Danish Council advices people to carry any identity documents, including national or international passports, driving licenses, birth certificates, etc .;
For most Ukrainian refugees in Hungary, a form of protection different from refugee status has been created – an asylum seeker. Such people receive refuge in Hungary almost automatically. All you have to do is apply for protection from Hungary, after which the National Office for Foreigners checks whether the person is a citizen of Ukraine for 45 days. The easiest way to prove this is to present various documents and identification cards. In the absence of documents, the hearing procedure will take longer.
I recently arrived in the Czech Republic and I have no facilities here, I have nowhere to stay and I need help. What should I do? Regional aid centers for Ukraine have been established in each region. You can register at the center, get a special long-term visa and receive additional assistance, including accommodation.
If you need additional information, please contact the information line at +420 974 801 802.
Do Ukrainians seek asylum? In this situation, entering the asylum procedure is not the optimal solution. It is faster and more efficient to obtain a special long-term visa, which will be processed on a delayed basis, and in addition, you can apply for a work permit and work immediately. However, every foreigner has the right to apply for asylum
The Czech Republic has imposed a 30-day state of emergency since March 4 due to the arrival of thousands of people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Germany also accepts Ukrainian refugees under a simplified procedure, so they receive shelter by default. Ukrainian citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany. Having a passport allows you to stay in the country for three months. Obtaining refugee status allows you to live in Germany for a year with the possibility of extension for three years.
The absence of a passport is not an obstacle to recognizing such a person as a refugee.
Ukrainian refugees do not have to go through a lengthy procedure to obtain legal refugee status. We advise the citizens of Ukraine to refrain from submitting such a statement. Refugees receive the same financial support as displaced persons protected under Paragraph 24 of the AufenthG. The right to seek refugee status continues to exist independently
The Government of Canada has established two temporary migration programs for Ukrainian refugees. The first is aimed at helping those in need of temporary asylum. The second will apply to people who emigrate to Canada and have relatives there.
To use the first migration program, you need to fill out a simple application and provide biometric data for security verification. According to this program, it will be possible to stay in the country for two years.
According to Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, Canada will issue open work permits to Ukrainian workers, students and visitors who are currently in Canada and unable to return home.
The second migration program will allow a wider range of relatives to move to Canada. Work on it is still ongoing.
Ukrainians who have relatives in the UK have simplified entry rules. In particular, the British Home Office has increased the number of visa applications in the region from 500 to 6,000 per week to speed up the application process. You can submit it by following the link. The country has also increased the number of time allowed to stay on its territory from one to three years.
Britain is currently working on a “route of unlimited sponsorship” that will work for Ukrainians without family ties. It will allow communities, local authorities and other sponsors to support those in need to come to the UK.
Citizens of Ukraine with a biometric passport can enter Latvia under a visa-free regime and stay in Latvia without a visa for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.
If a person does not have a travel document, he / she will be identified in cooperation with the competent authorities of Ukraine.
Citizens of Ukraine who do not have a place to live in Latvia must inform the employees of the State Border Guard Service about the need for assistance.
For stay and employment in Latvia, citizens of Ukraine will be issued long-term visas with the right to work in Latvia.
After applying for asylum, the procedure of granting you the status of an asylum seeker and verification of your application begins.
Once you have applied (except when you are a prisoner) you will be given a certificate of asylum seeker.
Asylum seeker status gives access to:
- medical support (in certain amounts);
- settlement in open centers if you do not have a suitable place for accommodation
In addition to the right to stay in the Republic of Slovenia, a person who has been granted temporary protection also has other rights:
- accommodation and meals in accommodation centers or financial assistance for private housing;
- medical care;
- access to the labor market;
- financial aid or pocket money;
- family reunification;
- free legal aid;
- information on the rights and obligations and assistance in the implementation of rights under the Law (On temporary protection of displaced persons).
- You can apply for protection on the same day as your arrive in the Republic of Slovenia, or as soon as possible after your arrival.
If Ukrainian citizens intend to apply for international protection, you will be referred or taken to the police.
The police will fill in the registration form and transfer the procedures for further jurisdiction to the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, Migration Office.
Ukrainians need a passport to enter Spain.
Details on how to get help and refugee status have been published on the official portal of the Spanish Migration Service. To do this, after crossing the border you need to contact the Refugee Reception Centers (OAR)
The Young Lawyers’ Association (AJA) of the Madrid Bar Association, of Ukrainian origin, is ready to advise Ukrainians who have been forced to leave Ukraine.
Can I get any payments? All Ukrainians who came to Spain and do not have the funds can count on the protection of the state. This applies both to those citizens who arrived from Ukraine after the start of the war (February 24, 2022) and to those who were in Spain at the time and were unable to return to their country.
The Spanish government has a program of social support for individuals to meet basic needs – housing, food, clothing and psychological assistance. There is currently no information on payments.
In Barcelona, three organizations are responsible for implementing the social support program – ACCEM, CEAR and the Red Cross.
The choice of place of residence is not provided for in the program – the decision is made by the Spanish government, according to the vacancies in the refugee reception centers.
Can a refugee find a job? Stateless persons who have applied for refugee status usually do not receive a work permit. However, this provision may be revised for Ukrainians.
How long can you stay in Spain? In general, it is allowed to stay for no more than 90 days and for 180, if you enter with biometric passport. However, there is currently a residence permit for up to three years.
On March 2, the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of Portugal 29-A-2022 on the simplified regime of granting temporary asylum to citizens of Ukraine came into force.
- The first residence will be provided for a year with the possibility of extension 2 times in six months.
- Citizens of Ukraine who require financial assistance and do not have housing will be covered by all the same rights to such assistance as provided by the Basic Law on Temporary Asylum, namely: monthly cash benefits, housing or, alternatively, a single payment.
- All citizens will be automatically assigned a tax number, social security number, user number of the health care system, and personal data will be sent to the labor exchange.
- Starting from March 4, 2022, the Portuguese Immigration Service will have staff who will accept applications exclusively from citizens of Ukraine under the new simplified regime from 08.00 to 20.00. And what is incredibly nice: it was an initiative of the immigration staff and the reception will be carried out on a volunteer basis, without receiving a salary.
- The package of documents for asylum is minimal, in fact – a passport, and if any. It is also possible without a passport, but it will be more difficult to identify the person and the process will take longer.
- In addition to volunteers, you can always contact the CNAIM Center for Immigrants
- Regarding the status of refugee (asyl) or immigrant (massflykt). The difference is that migrants are immediately given a residence permit, and refugees have to consider the case and wait for a decision. As an immigrant, you can get a residence permit for 1 year and the possibility of extension for up to 3 years (if the humanitarian situation in your area improves significantly, in theory you may be offered to go home after the first year). Immigrants have the right to work, receive health care with restrictions, communes must provide housing and economic assistance, if there are no other options. Immigrant children have the right to education / school or kindergarten (Swedish-speaking, if possible with native language teaching), full medical care. Immigrants have the opportunity to move around the EU.
- After receiving the status of a migrant, you can also apply for refugee status, or apply for refugee status immediately.
- At present, the procedure for accepting migrants has not been clearly established. See the website for migration information.
- Travel in Stockholm public transport is free of charge with a Ukrainian passport.