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1. Entry

➔ Information on document entry requirements (#188)

If possible, please take valid travel documents with you when leaving. However, the lack of travel documents or medical documents (certificate of vaccination, COVID-19 test) should not be an obstacle to entering the EU. All EU countries bordering Ukraine are allowing entry to all people fleeing war in Ukraine on humanitarian grounds regardless of whether or not you have a biometric passport. This applies also to children. If you have Ukrainian nationality and a biometric passport, you can enter the EU by presenting your passport at the border. For all the other cases, Member States will admit you on humanitarian grounds. If you have another nationality and are subject to the visa requirement for entering the EU, you should present your short-stay visa if you have one. If you do not have a short-stay visa, Member States should still allow you to enter, with a view to facilitate your repatriation to the country of origin. In view of the current situation in Ukraine, Member States may carry out border checks at the borders but also at a different, safe location away from the border. The checks can be carried out during or after your transport to that safe location. You may be required to remain available to the authorities in that safe location during the conduct of these checks. Irrespective of your nationality, you are entitled to immediate assistance and immediate information about your rights. This includes temporary shelter and the fulfilment of your basic needs such as food and medicine. Further rights may differ, depending on the status you will receive in the EU. Police and other administrative checks are possible at any moment including within the territories of the Member States for security and migration purposes. It is important to cooperate and provide the required documents and information to police, border guards or other competent authorities. In certain circumstances, you may be required to remain available to the authorities during these checks in designated facilities.

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Source European Commission Updated at March 9, 2022, 6:40 p.m.


2. Arrival

How can I arrive?

➔ Where to cross Ukrainian borders (#14)

A visual map of all exit locations is is available. It covers exit points in to Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Solvakia.

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Source https://ua.doina.co/#bestexit Updated at March 2, 2022, 10:37 p.m.


3. Rights

What rights do I have?

➔ You can be granted temporary protection (#189)

If you were permanently residing in Ukraine, and you left the country to escape war from 24 February 2022 on, you may be entitled to temporary protection in any EU country. Temporary protection will last for at least one year, this may be extended depending on the situation in Ukraine. Rights under the Temporary Protection Directive include a residence permit, access to the labour market and housing, medical assistance, and access to education for children.

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Source European Commission Updated at March 9, 2022, 6:43 p.m.

➔ You can apply for international protection in the country of first entry (#190)

According to EU law, you must apply for international protection (asylum) in the first safe country. Applicants for international protection have similar rights to temporary protection but there are some differences. In the case of a pending asylum application, a person can have access to the labour market after 9 months in case his/her case has not yet received a final decision, in the case of temporary protection such access can be granted much earlier. You might also apply for family reunification, if you have a family member who is already legally residing in the EU.

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Source European Commission Updated at March 9, 2022, 6:44 p.m.

➔ You can request repatriation assistance (#191)

Irrespective of your nationality, if you were living in Ukraine and have fled the war, you should be allowed to cross into the EU. If it is safe to repatriate to your home country, you should contact relevant authorities or organisations to help you go back to your country of origin. For repatriation assistance, you should contact the embassy/consulate of your country of origin in the Member State where you are currently staying. The national authorities in this country can also help you to contact your embassy/consulate in case you encounter problems and may offer assistance for your repatriation.

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Source European Commission Updated at March 9, 2022, 6:45 p.m.

➔ You can travel to other EU Member States (#192)

In most cases, if you have fled the war in Ukraine you will be able to travel to other EU countries. For Ukrainians this right comes from visa free regime in place between the EU and Ukraine. If you come from a third country, you need to check whether your country of origin is on the list of third countries whose nationals are exempt from the requirement to have a visa.

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Source European Commission Updated at March 9, 2022, 6:47 p.m.


4. Other support

Where else can I find support?

➔ Social rehabilitation for children with mental disabilities (#209)

The non-profit organization Inclusive Practices accepts mothers and children with mental disabilities in Georgia (Ureki resort on the Black Sea coast). We provide: a flight from Poland to Georgia, accommodation, meals, daily activities for children under the social rehabilitation program and psychological assistance to parents.

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Source https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=152148923876553&id=100072443376686 Added by Anastasia Matvievskaya Updated at March 13, 2022, 3:34 p.m.