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FAQs for Ukrainians Travelling to Ireland – The following is a list of FAQs for Ukrainians travelling to Ireland.

The main sources information for the FAQs for Ukrainians travelling to Ireland are the:

  • Immigrantcouncil.ie
  • Irishimmigration.ie (Department of Justice)
  • Irishrefugeecouncil.ie

FAQs for Ukrainians: Travelling to Ireland

I am a Ukrainian citizen. Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland?

No, you do not need a Visa to travel to Ireland. The waiving of visa requirements is an emergency measure, which will apply to all Ukrainians travelling to Ireland. If you travel to Ireland without a visa during the period of invasion of the Ukraine you will initially be given a standard 90 day entry permission while appropriate support and protection measures are put in place.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has travel advice at www.dfa.ie/travel for neighbouring countries that people may be planning to travel to, or through. Please note if you are transiting through another EU country or the UK you may need a transit visa.

Does my non-EEA family member who is not Ukrainian need a visa to come to Ireland with me?

Non-EEA family members of Ukrainian Citizens, if they are a visa required national, will require a Visa to travel to Ireland, however an application will be accepted for consideration if submitted from one of the neighbouring countries.

You can access the link here to find out if you require an Irish entry visa here.

What documents do I need to travel to Ireland?

All immigration services and airlines must be satisfied as to the identity of a person presenting at a border. In order to facilitate travel for Ukrainian nationals fleeing the conflict zone, a pragmatic and humane approach will be taken while maintaining appropriate immigration and security controls.

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Carriers have been asked to accept Government issued identity documents, not usually acceptable for international travel, in lieu of a national passport: including, for example, National ID Cards, Birth Certificates, Internal Passports and expired passports.

Immigration Officials are working closely with Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Transport and Air Carriers on these matters.

Furthermore, Irish Immigration authorities have requested that boarding is not refused to anyone without first contacting immigration authorities in Ireland.

These are emergency/temporary provisions and will be kept under review.

I don’t have a passport or it is out of date?

The Irish government have told airlines to accept Government issued identity documents, not usually acceptable for international travel, in lieu of a national passport: including, for example, National ID Cards, Birth Certificates, Internal Passports and expired passports.

Do I need a PCR test before travelling to Ireland?

From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland.

Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.

Do I need a Passenger Locator Form?

From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are no longer asked to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

Travel carriers will not ask to check a PLF receipt prior to travel to Ireland.

FAQs for Ukrainians: Arriving at the Ireland Border

What will be my status when I arrive?

You will receive temporary protection.

What will happen when I reach the border in Ireland?

When you arrive at the Border you will present (as normal) to an Immigration Officer, who will ask you some basic questions in relation to your needs.

You should present any identification documentation available.

You will be given a letter confirming that you have been granted Temporary Protection under Section 60 Section of the International Protection Act, the Temporary Protection Directive (2001/55/EC) and Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022.

An information note will also be provided setting out the services available to you and any further information will be available on the Immigration services website www.irishimmigration.ie.

Do I need to apply for asylum at the border?

There is no requirement for Ukrainian nationals to seek international protection (also known as asylum) to receive the support and protection of the Irish State. The EU Temporary Protection Directive provides a quicker and more streamlined alternative in these circumstances.

While you can, of course, always choose to apply for international protection, you cannot benefit from temporary protection at the same time.

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Temporary protection will provide you with immediate access to the labour market, along with access to social welfare income supports, accommodation and other State supports. If you choose to apply for international protection, you should be aware that you will not be able to access employment until 6 months after making your application.

Where can I get accommodation?

If you are in need of accommodation when you present at the Border, convey this message to the Immigration Officer who will direct you further.

FAQs for Ukrainians: Temporary Protection

Who can avail of temporary protection?

The following people who have fled Ukraine, can avail of a temporary protection to reside in Ireland:

a) Ukrainian nationals who were residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022;

b) Nationals of a third country (other than Ukraine) or stateless persons who would have benefited from international protection (e.g. Refugee status) or an equivalent national protection status in Ukraine and have been residing there before 24 February 2022,

c) Family members of persons covered by a) and b) where the family already existed in Ukraine at the time of events leading to the mass influx prior to 24 February.

Those family members include a spouse or partner, unmarried minor children of either of them, and their other close dependent family relatives who have been living with them as part of the family unit.

It will also apply to people who had been residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 with a permanent Ukrainian residence permit, who cannot safely return to their country of origin.

Temporary protection may also be extended to other people who were legally residing in Ukraine who cannot safely return to their country of origin, including nationals from non-EU countries or stateless persons. People who can safely return to their country of origin will be assisted to do so.

The temporary protection permission allows beneficiaries to reside in Ireland for a period of 1 year, and the permission may be extended for further periods after that.

What entitlements shall I expect as a beneficiary of temporary protection?

As a beneficiary of temporary protection you will supported with offers of accommodation and housing and access will also be provided to Social welfare Income Supports, Employment Education Medical care and other assistance measures while you are resident in the State.

Accommodation and Housing – The State will ensure you have access to suitable accommodation, or if necessary help you to receive assistance to obtain housing. The State can provide you with accommodation on arrival , or afterwards if your circumstances change and you need it,. For information about this please see https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/d9f43-international-protection-accommodation-services-ipas.

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The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, is responsible for housing matters in Ireland and housing supports are administered by the Local Authorities.  Information on these can be accessed at www.gov.ie.

Employment – You are  entitled to seek employment or self-employment and vocational training education activities in Ireland.  Please see www.gov.ie for information about employment, taxation, social insurance and employment and self-employment related supports.

Education – your children under age 18 will be supported to access public primary or post-primary education provided by the State as appropriate.  Further details will be available from gov.ie.

Social Welfare Income Supports – You are  entitled to receive social welfare income supports. Where you have children in your care, under the age of 18 you will also be able to make a claim for Child Benefit Payments.

Additional income supports are available To help with accommodation costs you may also be entitled to rent supplement, which is also a social welfare support Please see the Department of Social Protection website www.gov.ie/welfareandwork for further information.

Medical Care – You are also entitled to access health care services from the State, on the same basis as an Irish citizen.   Please see www.hse.ie for information from the Health Service Executive (HSE) on the health care services you can access from the HSE.

Can other family members join me in Ireland?

Please be aware that as the holder of temporary protection you may be entitled to avail of family reunification (in Ireland or in another Member State of the EU) if your spouse or partner, or any children under age 18 of you or your partner, have temporary protection in another EU Member State.  This will be subject of co-operation between Ireland and the Member State concerned.

This may also apply where those family members are in need of protection but not yet in an EU Member State.

For further information please see www.irishimmigration.ie.

For any other questions about FAQs for Ukrainians travelling to Ireland, please refer to the following links:

or contact the Immigrant Council Helpline the Immigrant Council Helpline on 01 674-0200 (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 10am-1pm and Tuesdays 7pm-9pm).

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