SUPPORT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LODZ

Klinika Prawa [Law Clinic] operating at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Lodz declares all possible legal assistance to persons of Ukrainian nationality and persons of any other nationality fleeing the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
 
Please send your applications to the following e-mail address: pomoc.ukrainie@wpia.uni.lodz.pl or klinika@wpia.uni.lodz.pl.

 

INFORMATION FOR THE CITIZENS OF UKRAINE ARRIVING INTO THE TERRITORY OF POLAND FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2022

(STATUS AS OF 26.02.2022; PREPARED BY DR. IZABELA FLORCZAK)

Holders of a biometric passport, on its basis are allowed to enter the country for 90 days. Covid regulations extended the possibility of staying based on a biometric passport to 30 days after the last state (epidemic/epidemic threat) was cancelled. Until the 30th day after the last state (epidemic/epidemic threat) is cancelled, you need to legalize your stay.

After entering Poland, based on a biometric passport you can apply for a temporary residence permit (the application is submitted to the Voivodship Office).

Persons who do not have a biometric passport are allowed to cross the Polish border on the basis of a document with a photo (or even without it!). The basis for entry is the consent of the Commander of the Border Guard (Article 32 of the Act on Foreigners). A stay on the basis of such consent may last 15 days. During this period, you must apply for a residence permit. Persons who do not have any passport should also apply for the consent of the Commander of the Border Guard.

If a citizen of Ukraine has a valid entry visa, they can enter Poland and stay on its territory. Covid regulations extended the possibility of staying on the basis of a visa to 30 days after the last state (epidemic/epidemic threat) was cancelled. Until the 30th day after the last state (epidemic/epidemic threat) is cancelled, you need to legalize your stay. There is no need to return to Ukraine for a new visa. Polish consulates in Ukraine are closed.

Persons crossing the border may apply for international protection (including a refugee status). This procedure is not recommended for people who want to take up employment in Poland. The refugee procedure may exclude them from the labour market even for six months. The application is submitted to the Office for Foreigners.

In the case when a child does not have a photo ID, a birth certificate or any other document should be presented when crossing the border. In the absence of documents, children are not sent back from the border. At the border, the consent of the other parent to the child leaving may be required, but even without it, children are not sent back from the border.

Dogs, cats and ferrets should have a microchip accompanied by a document confirming that they have been vaccinated against rabies not earlier than 12 months before the date of changing location. If these requirements are not met, the animal may be brought into Poland provided that the declaration is completed (шаблонна заявка).

With regard to other companion animals – rodents, rabbits, amphibians, reptiles, ornamental aquatic animals, invertebrates – due to the lack of risk related to the potential transmission of infectious diseases dangerous to humans or animals of the rabies virus, a temporary exemption is introduced from the obligation to have a permit from the Chief Veterinary Officer for import. If there are any species restricted due to the Washington CITES Convention without the required permits – the decision will be made by the National Revenue Administration.

Detailed information: Тимчасова процедура Головного ветеринарного лікаря щодо переміщення тварин, які супроводжують подорожуючих, що в'їжджають з України в ЄС

Currently, all border crossing points allow pedestrian traffic. Ukrainian regulations impose a mobilisation obligation on men aged 18-60 and people with medical knowledge (doctors, nurses, even physiotherapists). 

Content of the mobilisation decree (click)

Exemptions from the obligation to mobilise are provided for in Art. 23. They concern, in particular, the performance of care functions and the incapacity to perform military service, judged not earlier than 6 months before the day of crossing the border.

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