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Ukraine and Portugal

We’ve created this space to gather and share updates* regarding immigrations policies for all Ukrainians in Europe and Portugal. Check below if you want to know the policies for other EU countries:

*Please know that this information can change quickly due to the nature of the conflict. We will update this regularly, but please always take into account the date is was last updated.
Helping Ukraine
Entry into Europe
EU Directive 2001/55/EG

Proposal done in Brussel on 2 March 2022 for the implementation of a decision with effect of temporary protection of the Ukrainian in Europe. Decision will enter into force the same day of publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Travelling
Flights, To and from Ukraine.

Flights are restricted due to closed airspace over Ukraine

Alternative ways of travelling

Car/organised buses/train/ The Portuguese Consulate will support Portuguese citizens in Ukraine and those with dual nationality with alternative transport: car, organised buses, and train.

Start date and travelling
Company policy on employability during this crisis

No changes in policy unless stated by the Portuguese Government or border restrictions implemented by SEF (Portuguese immigration).

Immigration
Entry of Ukrainians in Portugal

'Linha Registos' is a special helpline for Ukrainian citizens starting March 2. Dial 2 when calling 211 950 500 (working days, from 9 AM to 5 PM).

Entry of Ukrainians in Portugal

As of 22 April 2022, the Portuguese government has created a special reception program for Ukrainian citizens arriving in Portugal, which includes several measures under the temporary protection policy. This policy grants temporary residence permits and temporary protection automatically, among other benefits.

Portugal for Ukraine is an initiative of the Government of the Portuguese Republic to support Ukrainian citizens who, for armed conflict and humanitarian reasons, wish to reside in Portugal.

Employment

The Portuguese Public Employment Service (IEFP) supports employment and training for Ukranians.

Existing applications
Schengen Visa for Ukrainians already in Portugal

As of 1 March 2022, the Portuguese Prime Minister instructed Ukrainian citizens who are already in Portugal under a Schengen visa/Schengen visa exemption with a valid biometric passport will be allowed to stay in Portugal during the conflict period with the full support of the Portuguese government. Ukrainian citizens are required to register their situation with SEF (Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service), and apply for a residence visa. This process will take place in Portugal; during the conflict, it is no longer necessary to leave the country while the application is processed.

New applications
Obtaining legalised and translated certificates

Check the availability of authorities that issue certificates.

Ukrainian citizens are required to register their situation with SEF (Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service), and apply for a residence visa. This process will take place in Portugal; during the conflict, it is no longer necessary to leave the country while the application is processed.

Family
Family members travelling after main applicant already in Portugal with valid legal work and residence status

Ukrainian citizens who are already in Portugal under a Schengen visa/Schengen visa exemption with a valid biometric passport will be allowed to stay in Portugal during the conflict period with the full support of the Portuguese government. Ukrainian citizens are required to register their situation with SEF (Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service), and apply for a residence visa. This process will take place in Portugal; during the conflict, it is no longer necessary to leave the country while the application is processed.

Temporary Protection Regime

The Portuguese government has implemented the temporary protection policy for Ukrainian citizens and their relatives who cannot return to their country due to the war in Ukraine. The policy also protects citizens of other nationalities residing in Ukraine who cannot return to Ukraine during the ongoing conflict.

SOS Ukraine

The High Commission for Migration (ACM) created “SOS Ukraine”. The purpose of this website is to provide information to Ukrainian nationals (and their family members) who intend to live in Portugal or who are already in Portugal. Information includes how to submit a request for International Protection under Asylum Law, how to have access to health care and many other useful topics. Information updated on 20.04.2022

Pets
Ukrainian citizens entering Portugal with pets

The General Directorate of Food and Veterinary Medicine has established a procedure for all Ukrainian citizens who are travelling to Portugal with pets. The Ukrainian citizens must contact the DGAV in advance of entering Portugal.