The Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has announced the immediate lifting of visa requirements between Ukraine and Ireland.
This will streamline and support the swift exit of both the Ukrainian family members of Irish citizens, and the family members of people from Ukraine who are resident in Ireland.
It will apply as an emergency measure to all Ukrainians travelling to Ireland.
The Statutory Instrument removing the visa requirement for Ukraine nationals as an emergency measure takes immediate effect.
People who are considering leaving Ukraine and travelling to Ireland may for the coming period do so without a visa if they judge it safe to travel. 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.
Commenting on this announcement, Minister McEntee said:
“I am appalled by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the unjustified and unprovoked attack against a democratic sovereign state in Europe.
“We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and its people and will, working with our partners in the European Union, play our part in assisting them in their time of need.
“That is why I am immediately lifting visa requirements between Ukraine and Ireland.
“This will apply to all Ukrainians who want to travel to Ireland. It will assist Irish citizens and their families in Ukraine, as well as the families of members of the Ukrainian community here in Ireland who may want to leave Ukraine.
“This measure will be kept under review and the government will also work with colleagues on any further EU-wide measures that might assist those fleeing Ukraine.”
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.