Coming to Ireland from Ukraine

Introduction

This page has information for people who have family in Ukraine, or for people in Ukraine who plan to travel to Ireland or have recently arrived here.

You can also read about supports for Ukrainians in Ireland and social welfare supports for Ukrainian refugees.

You can use Google Translate to read this page in Ukrainian or another language (please note that this uses machine translation and may not be a fully accurate translation of the page).

Visas

Citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa to travel to Ireland.

If you do not have a current passport, you can use another form of identification to travel to Ireland (for example, national ID card, expired passport or birth certificate). The Irish Government has asked airlines to accept these documents.

If you are travelling with family members who are not Ukrainian citizens, they may need a visa to come to Ireland.

You can read frequently asked questions from the Irish immigration authority, called Immigration Service Delivery (ISD), for visa and immigration information.

When you arrive in Ireland

When you arrive in Ireland, you should speak to an immigration officer (at Passport Control). You may be brought to Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin. You can apply for Temporary Protection under the Temporary Protection Directive.

If you arrive in Rosslare Port, you can apply for Temporary Protection in the reception facility in the Port.

I have not received a temporary protection permission letter

If you arrived at Dublin Airport before 9 March 2022 (when permission letters first began to issue) or if you have arrived into another port of entry to the State, you can get your permission letter by visiting one of these centres:

  • Citywest Convention Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin, D24 A38Y
  • Cork City PSC and PPSN Centre, Ground Floor, Hanover Street, Cork, T12 PX62
  • Limerick Intreo Centre, Dominick Street, Limerick, V94 X327

If you cannot travel to a centre, you can email ukrainesupportmailbox@justice.ie to try to make other arrangements to get your permission letter.

Renewing your temporary protection permission

Your temporary protection permission is automatically extended to 4 March 2025. You do not have to do anything. You can use the notice on the immigration service’s website as proof that your permission to live in Ireland has been extended.

Irish Resident Permit

The Department of Justice has started to issue Irish Resident Permit (IRP) cards to beneficiaries of the EU Temporary Protection Directive.

Social welfare

When you arrive in Ireland you can apply to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) for income support. This is a weekly social welfare payment for you and any dependents (for example, children) you may have.

To get any Irish social welfare payment you need a Personal Public Service number (PPS number). If you arrive at Dublin Airport, and you are brought to the City West Convention Centre in Dublin, you can apply for your PPS number there and get the forms you need to apply for income support. If there is no space available at the City West Convention Centre, you will be offered support through an NGO in the airport.

If you did not arrive through Dublin Airport or you are in Ireland already, you should go to your local Intreo centre or DSP branch office, to apply for a PPS number.

You can find out more about getting income support in our page on social welfare supports for Ukrainian refugees.

If you are getting income support and plan to leave Ireland, you should tell your local Intreo Centre or DSP branch office before you travel.

Accommodation and housing

There is a shortage of accommodation, and the type of place you will be offered depends on what is available at that time. You may have to stay in a community centre, sports ground or in tented accommodation for a period. In some cases, you might not get anywhere to stay, particularly if you are alone.

If you stay in accommodation where food is provided, you must pay a contribution of €10 per day for adults, and €5 per day for each child. You do not have to pay for your first 2 weeks. If you refuse to pay, you could be asked to leave.

If you refuse one offer of accommodation, you will not get any more offers. You can read frequently asked questions about accommodation (pdf).

A short-term absence from your accommodation may be allowed in exceptional circumstances only. Absence requests must be applied for in advance and are decided on a case-by-case basis. You can read more about the absence from accommodation protocol. The Christmas 2023 absence policy allows you to be absent from your accommodation, from 22 December 2023 to 8 January 2024, without making an absence request to UCTAT. If you do not return by 8 January 2024, you risk losing your accommodation.

If you don’t need a place to stay immediately (because you are staying with family or friends), you can ask for this help at any time later on.

Changes to the provision of accommodation

The Government has agreed changes to the supports for people coming from Ukraine covered by the EU Temporary Directive. These changes will come into effect early in 2024. There will be no change for people currently in State accommodation.

How to apply for accommodation

You should tell immigration officials that you need a place to stay when you arrive in Ireland and they will refer you to the Government’s Ukraine Crisis Temporary Accommodation Team (UCTAT).

If you need accommodation and you are already in Ireland, you can email ukrainetempaccom@equality.gov.ie. You may have to wait until accommodation is available.

Include the following information in your email:

  • The full name of anyone who needs accommodation
  • Dates of birth
  • Phone number
  • Where you are now (the full address if you have one)
  • When you need the accommodation (for example, from tonight)
  • Medical conditions, disabilities, allergies and dietary requirements

Payment for people providing accommodation

If you are providing accommodation to refugees from Ukraine, you can apply for a monthly Accommodation Recognition Payment (ARP) of €800 per property. You must commit to providing accommodation for at least 6 months. Helping Irish Hosts provides support and practical information about providing accommodation to refugees from Ukraine.

Healthcare and medical cards

Health services in Ireland are delivered by Ireland’s public healthcare service - the Health Service Executive (HSE). You can get the same public healthcare services as people who live in Ireland.

Everyone coming to Ireland under the Temporary Protection Directive can apply for a medical card with a simplified application process. A medical card allows you to visit a doctor for free, access other health services and get medicines at a reduced price. Children aged 16 and over must apply for a medical card separately.

When you first arrive in Ireland, you should apply for your medical card using a special medical card application form (pdf) for people from Ukraine. Read information from the HSE in Ukrainian and Russian. You can email your completed form to PCRS.Applications@HSE.ie or by post to the address on the form.

You need:

  • Your name, current address and date of birth.
  • Your Personal Public Service (PPS) number (see above).
  • Your doctor’s (GP’s) address, stamp and signature.

You can get information about health care services in Ireland from the HSE website. You can also read about the Irish health system in Ukrainian and in Russian.

Vaccinations in Ireland

Vaccinations help to protect you and your children against preventable infectious diseases. Many vaccinations are free in Ireland. You can read information about the vaccines available from the HSE for you and your children in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Working in Ireland

You have the right to work in Ireland when you have your Temporary Protection permission letter. You can also work for yourself (self-employment) and you can access vocational training in Ireland.

Help finding work

Anyone on Jobseeker's Allowance must be available for and looking for full-time work. You can work part-time but you should keep looking for full-time work.

You can get help finding work from the Intreo employment services.

You can:

  • Talk to an Employment Support Officer at your local Intreo centre or branch office
  • Go to an employment support event being organised near you for Ukrainians. You should get an invite, but you can attend without one.
  • Find vacancies and apply for jobs using the online jobs website www.jobsireland.ie – information is available in Ukrainian and Russian

Your income support when you start working

You can work and get Jobseeker's Allowance. However, you can only work a certain number of days and your income must be under a certain amount.

Check how working part time could affect your income support payment using the on-line calculator.

When you start working part time or full time you must contact your local Intreo Office to tell them that your circumstances have changed.

The Department of Social Protection has more information on working in Ireland in Ukrainian and Russian.

Your employment rights

Read more about your employment rights when coming to Ireland from Ukraine. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has information on employment law in Ukrainian (pdf) and Russian (pdf).

Professions

You must register and have your qualifications recognised to work in some professions. For example, you must register with the Medical Council to work as a doctor.

The Teaching Council has a process to allow teachers who qualified in Ukraine to register and teach in Ireland.

Money and tax

To open a bank account you need identification. There is a guide in Ukrainian about opening a bank account if you do not have the standard identification (pdf).

Revenue has information about the taxes you pay as a worker in Ukrainian and Russian.

If you have come to Ireland because of the war but you continue to work remotely for your Ukrainian employer, you do not have to pay Irish income tax on income you get from the employer in 2022 or 2023. Read more about tax and working remotely for your Ukrainian employer.

Childcare

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme is a free preschool programme for all eligible children before starting primary school. Your child must be between 2 years and 8 months in the September that the ECCE term starts. They cannot be older than 5 years and 6 months by the end of the ECCE term in June. ECCE is normally provided for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week over the school year.

The National Childcare Scheme has 2 types of subsidy for children who are aged over 6 months:

  • A universal subsidy for children under 15. It is not means tested.
  • An income-assessed subsidy for children up to 15. It is means tested.

Parents can find information on childcare including supports for children with disabilities to access childhood care and a guide to childcare in Ireland.

Education

How can I enrol my child in school?

You can contact your local school or the Regional Education and Language Teams (REALT) to help you enrol your child in school.

The Tusla Education Support Service can also help you find a school for your child.

You can read about how to enrol your child in:

Parents with a child starting primary school can find information in Ukrainian and Russian. You can find information in Ukrainian and Russian on early childcare, primary school and Transition Year in secondary school.

School transport

School transport services are available to Ukrainian students on the same basis as children in Ireland. There will be no charge for the service if seats are available.

If you are:

  • Living with a host family, in your own accommodation or in private accommodation, you can apply online. You can get the form in English, Ukrainian and Russian
  • Living in an accommodation centre, the school principal of your child’s school should apply for school transport and return the form to REALT.

If you move to new accommodation a new application will be required.

Contact Transportapplications@education.gov.ie or call 057 932 5467 for more information about school transport.

Further and higher education

College and university applications

You can apply for a place at a Higher Education Institute (HEI) through the Central Applications Office (CAO). You will need to confirm if your application is based on your Leaving Certificate results.  Otherwise, your application will be based on your academic records such as English competency certificate or Ukrainian school tests that you will present to individual HEIs.

Financial supports

If you want to attend a college or university and you don’t qualify for a student grant or the Free Fees Scheme, you may get the Temporary Tuition Fee Scheme and a financial stipend. You can find more information on gov.ie/ukraine.

The Irish Universities Association has guidance on supports for undergraduate and postgraduate Ukrainian students.

Further education

You can apply for Further Education and Training courses provided by Education Training Boards across Ireland. Courses are free or have a low charge. You can find course options on the FETCH website.

PLC Bursary

If you want to attend a PLC course, you can apply for the PLC Bursary for Displaced Persons (Ukraine) Scheme 2023-2024.

The Bursary is open to students starting year one of an approved PLC course or progressing into the second year of an approved 2-year course.

Qualifications from Ukraine

Quality and Qualifications Ireland has information (in Ukrainian) about its qualifications recognition service. This guide helps you to use QQI’s foreign qualifications recognition service (NARIC).

Pets, driving and other issues

Can I bring my pet to Ireland?

From 21 November 2022, if you bring pets from Ukraine to Ireland, you must comply with all the requirements for pets entering Ireland from outside the EU/EEA. There are no longer special rules for people arriving from Ukraine or Russia.

If your pet is not fully complaint, it will be put in quarantine. You must pay for the quarantine at a rate of €15 per night and a further €25 transportation fee.

Can I drive in Ireland?

You can drive on your Ukrainian driving licence while in Ireland under temporary protection. You can no longer exchange your Ukrainian licence for an Irish driving licence.

If you have already exchanged your Ukrainian driving licence for an Irish licence, you can continue to drive on your Irish licence for one year from the date it was issued.

If you have already exchanged your Ukrainian driving licence and you want it returned to you, send your Irish licence to National Driver Licence Service, PO Box 858, Southside Delivery Office, Cork. You must include a letter in English saying you want your Ukrainian licence returned. You must also include your Irish address and phone number.

You can read more in the frequently asked questions for Ukrainian road users (pdf) on the Road Safety Authority’s website. You can also send an email in English to Ukrainelicence@ndls.ie for further information.

Bringing your car from Ukraine

If you bring your car from Ukraine, there are certain vehicle importation rules you must follow, depending on how long you stay in Ireland. You can apply for a vehicle temporary exemption when you arrive. This means you do not have to pay vehicle tax. You can contact Revenue for more information.

Car insurance

By law you must be insured to drive your Ukrainian car when using it on Irish roads. The Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (UA) has prepared a list of Ukrainian Insurance Providers that allows Ukrainian refugees to renew their insurance policies online and to get an International Insurance Green Card. You can find more information about this at www.mibi.ie

Further information

You can read about:

The following organisations have further information in English, Ukrainian and Russian:

The European Commission has a freephone helpline in Ukrainian that can give you information on EU entry and travel, your right to education and access to jobs or healthcare.

  • Freephone 00 800 6789 1011 from within the EU
  • Phone +32 22 99 96 96 from outside the EU (charges apply)

The helpline also provides information in official EU languages and Russian and offers a free call back service. You can also contact the European Commission for information through an online contact form.

Page edited: 14 February 2024