The following note gives information to people fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion. The note tries to answer questions that people may have.

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*Ukrainians who fled Ukraine on or after the 24 February are now entitled to Temporary Protection. Those who arrive after March 9th are able to register at the airport on arrival. Those who arrived before March 9 can apply for Government supports, such as PPS number and social welfare payment, at their local Intreo Office or at the dedicated Ukraine Support Centres in Dublin, Limerick or Cork (14 April).* 

Download our factsheet on Temporary Protection in Ukrainian/український

Irish Government information: 

Please read the Government's own frequently asked questions (updated 21 March)

Please read the Government's information on what income supports you can get while you are in Ireland and how to get these supports and services (7 March)

Quick Questions: 

  • I am Ukrainian, do I need a visa to enter Ireland? No.
  • I don't have a passport or it is out of date?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.
  • What will be my status when I arrive? You will receive temporary protection. 
  • I was a refugee in Ukraine, what is my status? You will also receive temporary protection.
  • I was a long term resident with permanent residence in Ukraine, what is my status? You will also receive temporary protection, if you cannot return to your country.
  • What is temporary protection? The right stay in Ireland or another European Union country for at least a year and you can work, receive social welfare, healthcare, education, training. 
  • How do I register for Temporary Protection? You can do this at arrival in Dublin airport. You should also be able to apply for a PPSN and social welfare payment.
  • How do I access State supports if I arrived to Ireland before March 9th? Ukraine support centres have opened in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. Outside of these cities, please attend your local Intreo Centre. More info here.
  • Will I receive accommodation? If you need accommodation you should ask for it when you arrive at Dublin airport. This will be temporary accommodation, such as a hotel. You will then receive support to access longer term accommodation. You can also stay with family and friends if you wish.
  • Do I need to quarantine when I arrive or a have a PCR test? No. 
  • Can I move to another European country after I arrive in Ireland and receive temporary protection? this remains unclear. You have the right to travel within the EU for 90 days within a 180-day period however, we understand, you should only be able to avail of the rights derived from temporary protection (working, social welfare etc) in the Member State that issued the residence permit. You may be able obtain a residency permit for another EU Member State
  • Will my passport be taken from me when apply for temporary protection? No. 

How can I get information and advice?

We are updating this note daily. We are also trying to bring in extra capacity to the organisation so we can respond to the volume of queries we are receiving. Please email us with your query and number and we will try get back to you. 

Anyone needing accommodation should indicate this to the immigration authorities on arrival at Dublin Airport.  They will contact the Government department responsible for accommodation for Ukrainians.

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I am Ukrainian, do I need a visa to travel to Ireland?

On the 25 February the Irish government waived the requirement that Ukrainian people need a visa to travel to Ireland.

The Government stated that people who are considering leaving Ukraine and travelling to Ireland can come to Ireland without a visa.

The Government stated that those who travel to Ireland without a visa during this period will then have 90 days after arrival to regularise their position. This position will be kept under ongoing review with the impact monitored closely.

This statement is available here.

What if I am Ukrainian but do not have a passport? 

We have received queries from Ukrainian people who do not have a passport. A passport is usually required to cross a border. We have written to the Irish government to ask what their position is for people in this situation. 

Section 11 of the Immigration Act 2004 states that: "Every person (other than a person under the age of 16 years) landing in the State shall be in possession of a valid passport or other equivalent document, issued by or on behalf of an authority recognised by the Government, which establishes his or her identity and nationality to the satisfaction of an immigration officer. Based on this, a child under 16 that does not have a passport can enter Ireland. It would be important for the parents of the child to establish the child's identify and the fact that they are the parent of the child. 

The Irish government's own FAQ states that all immigration services and airlines must be satisfied as to the identity of a person presenting at a border. It states 'a pragmatic and humane approach will be taken while maintaining appropriate immigration and security controls'.

Airlines 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.

What if I have lived in Ukraine but am not Ukrainian?

The visa waiver only applies to Ukrainian nationals. 

If you were living in Ukraine, and you are not a Ukrainian national and from a visa-required country, you may need to apply for a visa online through the Department of Justice. Details are available here. It may also be possible to come to Ireland without a visa, it might be helpful to contact the Border Management Unit at 0873961599 [email protected]. You could also try coming to Ireland by presenting your Ukrainian residency card at the airport, however we are unsure the likelihood of success. 

You are eligible for temporary protection if you are the family member of a Ukrainian national (spouse, partner etc), a refugee or a stateless person in Ukraine. Long-term residents, who cannot safely return to their country of origin​ are also eligible for temporary protection, 

How do I apply for asylum in Ireland?

You can apply for international protection in Ireland. As stated below, we recommend that you get legal advice before applying for protection. It may not be necessary to apply for international protection as you will be entitled to temporary protection. 

What if I have passed through another EU country on my way to Ireland? 

The Dublin III Regulation is a mechanism for determining which European Union country is responsible for examining an application for international protection (asylum). 

My family cannot leave Ukraine, what should I do?

We understand that the Ukrainian government have stated that men cannot leave Ukraine due to the need to fight. We recommend you check Ukrainian news sources for more information on this.

Ukrainians are now entitled to temporary protection 

Temporary protection is an exceptional measure to provide immediate and temporary protection to displaced persons from non-EU countries and those unable to return to their country of origin. It applies when there is a risk that the standard asylum system is struggling to cope with demand stemming from a mass influx risking a negative impact on the processing of claims.

The European Union have invoked this Directive. 

Temporary protection gives you immediate right of access to work, housing, social welfare, healthcare, education, training and other supports. 

Who does temporary protection apply to?

  1. Ukrainian nationals residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022;

  2. stateless persons, and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine, who benefited from international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022; and, 

  3. family members of the persons referred to in points (1) and (2). Family members are defined as: the spouse of a person, or the unmarried partner in a stable relationship, the minor unmarried children, or of his or her spouse, without distinction as to whether they were born in or out wedlock or adopted; and other close relatives who lived together as part of the family unit at the time of the circumstances surrounding the mass influx of displaced persons, and who were wholly or mainly dependent on a person referred to in paragraph 1, point (a) or (b) at the time.

  4. Stateless persons, and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine, who can prove that they were legally residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 on the basis of a valid permanent residence permit issued in accordance with Ukrainian law, and who are unable to return in safe and durable conditions to their country or region of origin. Member States may also apply this Decision to other persons, including to stateless persons and to nationals of third countries other than Ukraine, who were residing legally in Ukraine and who are unable to return in safe and durable conditions to their country or region of origin

    See more here

What should I do when I arrive in Ireland?

Upon arrival in Ireland you should be able to register under temporary protection and apply for a PPS number and social welfare payment at Dublin airport, in the dedicated processing centre.

What should I do if I arrived before processing centre was set up on March 9th?

Ukraine support centres are opening in Cork and Dublin city. If you live elsewhere, please attend your local Intreo Centre. In this way you should be able to apply for a PPSN and social welfare payment however it still remains unclear if people can also register under Temporary Protection in this way. More info here

How do I access accommodation when I arrive?

Anyone needing accommodation should indicate this to the immigration authorities on arrival at Dublin Airport.  They will contact the Government department responsible for accommodation for those Ukrainians. If you do not avail of State accommodation on arrival and need to do so at a later stage, please email [email protected]

What supports am I entitled to? 

If you are a Ukrainian citizen or if you are fleeing Ukraine and are covered by the Directive, the Government of Ireland will provide support and services to assist you as you establish yourself in Ireland. You will be entitled to work, rent support (details still unclear) and social welfare. You will also be able to get the same healthcare services as people who live in Ireland. See health service notice 

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I have accommodation that I would like to offer Ukrainian refugees? 

Update 7 March: we are now referring offers of accommodation for Ukrainian people to the Red Cross. Our form will be closed and we are telling people not to complete it. Please see https://registerofpledges.redcross.ie/

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Updated: 23 March 2022