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Germany

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

The German Embassy has suspended consular services.  Ukraine nationals who have a biometric passport do not require a visa for short stays in the Schengen area (for up to  90  days within a time frame of 180 days).

Any special considerations

According to the website of the German Embassy in Kiev visa applications cannot be made due to the current situation. The same applies for the consulate general in Donetsk in Dnipro and to the honorary consulates in Kharkiv, Chernivtsi, Lviv and Odesa.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Ukrainian nationals can enter Germany without a visa, they are exempt from the requirement of a visa/residence title until May 23, 2022. This exemption from the requirement of a residence title applies to persons who are already in Germany as well as to persons who will enter in the future. Also covered are non-Ukrainian nationals who entered Germany from Ukraine after the outbreak of war.

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

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Any special considerations

Depending on their nationality a visa may not be required, e.g. EU nationals do not require a visa.  

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Ukrainian nationals can enter Germany without a visa, as they are exempt from the requirement of a visa/residence title until May 23, 2022. This exemption from the requirement of a residence title applies to persons who are already in Germany as well as to persons who will enter in the future. Also covered are non-Ukrainian nationals who entered Germany from Ukraine after the outbreak of war.

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

The following individuals can apply for a residence permit for temporary protection at the competent immigration authorities in Germany: (1) Ukrainian nationals and their family members who had their residence in Ukraine before 24 February 2022, (2) stateless persons and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine, as well as their family members, who enjoyed international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022, and (3) stateless persons and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine who have resided lawfully 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 safely and permanently to their country or region of origin. The duration of stay is initially one year and can be extended twice by six months each time, as well as by another year through an EU Council decision, so that it can cover a maximum of three years.

As of March 2, 2022, Ukrainian nationals are being offered temporary protection that will start immediately, across the EU, and last for one year. If the situation persists, this period will be automatically extended twice by six monthly periods for up to one year. This temporary protection means; 1. Residency Rights, 2. Access to the labor market subject to Member States’ labor market policies, 3. Access to housing, 4. Social Welfare, 5. Medical or other assistance, and 6. Unaccompanied children and teenagers are entitled to legal guardianship and access to education.

Other considerations

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Links to latest Government information

https://www.mi.niedersachsen.de/startseite/themen/auslanderangelegenheiten/ukraine-allgemeine-informationen-und-haufig-gestellte-fragen-208999.html

https://www.bamf.de/SharedDocs/Anlagen/DE/AsylFluechtlingsschutz/faq-ukraine.html?nn=282388

EUR-Lex – 52022PC0091 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu)