Ukraine and Russia: Embassy Closures and Government Travel Warnings

May 12, 2022

This article was originally published on 14 Feb. 2022 and was updated on 3 May 2022 to reflect new information. 

Due to the crisis in Ukraine, many governments across the globe have issued statements regarding the safety of their citizens in Ukraine and Russia. Some have closed or limited Embassy and Consular operations in these jurisdictions. For an evolving list of these government announcements, please see the updates below:   

European External Advice Service

On 12 Feb. 2022, the European External Advice Service (EEAS) announced that its diplomatic missions in Ukraine will remain operational in order to support EU citizens in Ukraine. Staff presence and travel advice for EU citizens may be updated as the situation develops.  

Argentina 

The government of Argentina will grant Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members permission to apply for an entry and humanitarian visa that will allow them to live and work in the country for a period of up to three years. To qualify, applicants must have been outside of Argentina on or before 8 March 2022.

Aruba 

The government of Aruba closed its airspace to Russian-owned or managed aircraft and implemented sanctions on Russian-owned aircraft registered in Aruba.  

Australia

On 13 Feb. 2022, the government of Australia advised its citizens against travel to Ukraine. Australian citizens currently in Ukraine are advised to leave the country via commercial means. Australians who remain in Ukraine are encouraged to register their whereabouts with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The government of Australia withdrew all staff from the Australian Embassy in Kyiv. Operations will temporarily continue from the Embassy office in Lviv.  

Austria  

On 20 Feb. 2022, the government of Austria dispatched a crisis team to Ukraine to provide assistance to employees of the Austrian Embassy and assist with travel plans for Austrian nationals currently living in or traveling through Ukraine. The government requested that Austrian nationals who can leave the country do so as soon as possible.  

Belgium

On 14 Feb. 2022, the government of Belgium advised all its citizens to avoid travel to Ukraine. Belgian citizens currently residing or traveling in Ukraine, whose presence is non-essential, are advised to leave the country at the soonest possible date. Belgian citizens that remain in Ukraine should register their travel information and inform the Belgian Embassy in Kyiv. For additional information, click here.  

Brazil   

The government of Brazil has advised Brazilian citizens in Moldova to register with the Brazilian Embassy in Kyiv due to the deteriorating security situation in the country. Citizens can register here.  

The government of Brazil published a government website with information on consular service points available to Brazilians in the Ukraine region.  

On 7 March 2022, the government of Brazil published a map of consular offices throughout Europe that are available for Brazilian nationals fleeing Ukraine.   

The government of Brazil has advised Brazilian nationals to exit Ukraine via a road crossing between Ukraine and Poland. The Embassy of Brazil in Kyiv has opened online communication channels to provide travel advice.  

On 24 Feb. 2022, the Brazilian Embassy in Kyiv recommended that any Brazilian who can travel via their own means travel to a country west of Ukraine as soon as possible. Brazilians in Kyiv are recommended to not leave the capital due to security concerns and traffic delays. Brazilian nationals remaining in Ukraine are advised to register their stay at the Brazilian Embassy.  

Bulgaria

On 24 Feb. 2022, the government of Bulgaria announced that three border checkpoints will be opened for Bulgarian citizens leaving Ukraine.  

On 12 Feb. 2022, the government of Bulgaria requested that all Bulgarian nationals refrain from traveling to Ukraine. Bulgarian nationals currently residing or traveling in Ukraine are advised to leave the country at the soonest possible date. The government of Bulgaria recommends that Bulgarian nationals who are temporarily or permanently residing in Ukraine fill out a travel registration form.  

Canada

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, the government of Canada launched the new Canada Information Centre (CI Centre) in Warsaw, Poland on 4 May 2022. The center will provide Ukrainian nationals with information on applying for protection in Canada and guidance on pre- and post-arrival services and support.  

On 14 Feb. 2022, the government of Canada moved Embassy operations to a temporary office in Lviv and temporarily suspended operations at the Embassy office in Kyiv. On 1 Feb. 2022, the government of Canada advised all Canadian citizens to avoid all travel to Ukraine. Canadian nationals currently in Ukraine are advised to leave the country while commercial means remain available and register with the Government's Registration of Canadians Abroad service. Limited Canadian diplomatic and consular staff remain in Ukraine to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens as requested. The government advised that services could become limited if the situation escalates.  

Chile 

On 25 Feb. 2022, the government of Chile announced that the Chilean Embassy in Poland and the Consulate in Warsaw would facilitate the evacuation of Chilean residents from Ukraine. The government also authorized the diplomatic missions to provide emergency passports to Chileans without travel documents. All Chilean citizens are advised to leave Ukraine as soon as possible. 

Cyprus  

On 28 Feb. 2022, the government of Cyprus waived the cost of PCR testing for Ukrainian citizens entering the country in an effort to facilitate easier travel.  

 On 12 Feb. 2022, the government of Cyprus advised Cypriot citizens to avoid traveling to Ukraine. Citizens of Cyprus who are permanent or temporary residents in Ukraine are encouraged to declare their presence in the country with the Embassy of Cyprus in Kiev and register their contact information with the embassy. All non-essential personnel are advised to leave the country at the earliest date possible.   

Czech Republic

On 12 Feb. 2022, the government of the Czech Republic announced that its diplomatic mission in Kyiv will remain open to support its citizens and cooperate with local authorities. The Czech Embassy in Kyiv will operate with limited staff, but the Czech Embassy in Lviv will remain operating at full capacity. Some delays in visa processing are expected.  

Denmark 

The government of Denmark announced that the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) will close its phone lines on Fridays for several weeks in order to prioritize the processing of immigration requests submitted by individuals fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. For additional information on phone hours, click here.  

Estonia 

On 21 April 2022, the government of Estonia announced that their Embassy in St. Petersburg and Pskov will no longer be permitted to continue operations in Russia.  

On 17 March 2022, the government of Estonia announced that Ukrainian nationals and third-country nationals fleeing Ukraine will be exempt from presenting a COVID-19 vaccination certificate when entering Estonia.  

On 3 March 2022, the government of Estonia advised all Estonian nationals currently still in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible via land borders. All Estonian nationals in Ukraine are advised to register their travel with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

On 27 Feb. 2022, the government of Estonia advised Estonian citizens to avoid traveling to Russia and Belarus for non-essential purposes. Estonian citizens currently in Russia are advised to reconsider the need to remain in Russia and return to Estonia as soon as possible. Estonian citizens that remain in these two countries are advised to register their travel with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Finland  

On 8 April 2022, the government of Finland clarified that individuals granted concessions under the Temporary Protection Directive will be permitted to begin work as soon as they have applied for temporary protection and received a certificate proving that their application has been registered with the government. 

France

Embassy in Russia: The French embassy in Moscow is currently operational. Consular support may be limited due to the ongoing security situation. On 4 March 2022, the government of France published a list of visa types that will continue to be processed for arrivals from Russia. 

Embassy in Ukraine: On 13 Feb. 2022, the government of France updated its travel guidance for French nationals in Ukraine. French nationals are advised to postpone all trips to Ukraine, including trips for essential purposes. The government advises French citizens currently in Ukraine to ensure their travel documents are up to date. The French government has not yet requested that citizens in Ukraine leave the country. The French Embassy in Ukraine will remain in operation with no limitations to staff.  

Germany

Embassy in Russia: The German embassy in Moscow continues to operate and all consular services are being offered by each German diplomatic mission in Russia. The government advised that visa processing payments by Russian and Belarusian credit cards are not currently being accepted. Instead, applicants must pay in rubles at the current exchange rate of the responsible diplomatic mission.  

Greece

On 10 May 2022, staff members of the Greek Embassy in Kyiv returned to the city in order to provide essential services. The embassy will operate under its normal working hours to aid Greek citizens and Ukrainian nationals.  

On 14 Feb. 2022, the government of Greece advised Greek citizens to avoid travel to any part of Ukraine and requested that all citizens currently residing in the country leave at the soonest possible date. Greek citizens remaining in the country are advised to register their contact information with the Greek Embassy in Kyiv. The Greek Embassy in Kyiv has reduced staff to essential personnel only. Greek citizens should be aware of possible delays in visa processing.  

Ireland

On 12 Feb. 2022, the government of Ireland advised against all travel to Ukraine and requested that all citizens currently residing in Ukraine leave immediately via commercial means.  Ireland’s Embassy in Kyiv will remain open, with a small number of essential staff remaining. The government of Ireland will contact individuals scheduled to travel to Ukraine in the coming days. For additional travel information, click here. 

Israel  

On 15 Feb. 2022, the government of Israel announced that travelers arriving on emergency evacuation flights from Ukraine can temporarily enter the country without undergoing pre-flight COVID-19 testing. These exceptions will also apply for travelers who transfer flights. Upon arrival, travelers will instead be required to undergo PCR testing at Ben Gurion International airport.

Italy  

On 1 March 2022, the government of Italy announced that the Italian Embassy in Kyiv would be moved to Lviv. The government confirmed that the Embassy would function under regular operational status.  

Japan 

The government of Japan announced that it will provide aid to Ukrainian nationals holding residence permits in Japan in order to ensure they can remain in the country. Ukrainian nationals who hold written deportation orders will also not be forced to leave Japan. Ukrainian nationals should contact the nearest Regional Immigration Service Bureau in Japan in order to remain in the country.  

Latvia 

On 5 April 2022, the government of Latvia announced that it would revoke permission of the Consulates General of the Russian Federation to operate in the cities of Daugavpils and Liepaja. As such, these offices will be closed beginning 30 April 2022 and the diplomatic staff of the consulates will be required to leave Latvia.  

On 11 Feb. 2022, the government of Latvia urged Latvian nationals to depart from Ukraine at the soonest possible date using any transportation routes, including via land and airway. Latvian nationals who are unable to leave Ukraine due to special circumstances are requested to register with the Consular Register or contact the Embassy of Latvia in Kyiv. The government advises against all travel to Ukraine.  

Lithuania 

On 25 Feb. 2022, the government of Lithuania announced that Lithuanian citizens who enter Poland from Ukraine without valid travel documents should contact the Embassy of Lithuania and apply for travel documents to remain in Poland. Lithuanian citizens traveling with expired documents can apply for an emergency travel document.  

On 24 Feb. 2022, the government of Lithuania announced that the country was open to accepting refugees fleeing from Ukraine. The government is working with municipalities and non-governmental municipalities to prepare for the reception of refugees from Ukraine. At the former border checkpoint, Polish authorities are on standby to provide up-to-date information to Ukrainian citizens arriving from Poland.  

Refugees will be directed to registration centers in Alytus and Marijampolė, where they will be accommodated for up to 72 hours. Migration procedures and temporary accommodations will be provided during this time.  

Citizens of Ukraine holding biometric passports, whose national visas or temporary residence permits in Lithuania have expired will be granted a 90-day, visa-free regime immediately after the expiration of these documents.  

On 13 Feb. 2022, the government of Lithuania urged all Lithuanian citizens not to travel to Ukraine. Citizens currently in Ukraine are advised to leave at the soonest possible date. The government also advises its citizens not to visit Belarus. Lithuanian citizens currently in Ukraine are requested to register their travel so that they can be contacted by consular assistance, if necessary. The Lithuanian Embassy will continue to perform all key functions in Ukraine. For additional information, click here.   

Luxembourg

On 17 March 2022, the government of Luxembourg advised its citizens to avoid traveling to Russia and stated that citizens who are currently in Russia may risk being stranded in the country for an indefinite period due to air travel restrictions.  

On 12 Feb. 2022, the government of Luxembourg released an updated travel advisory for Ukraine. The government strongly discourages any trips to Ukraine. Luxembourg nationals and residents currently residing in Ukraine, whose presence is not absolutely necessary, are advised to leave the country. All Luxembourg nationals remaining in Ukraine are advised to register their stay.  

Mexico 

Embassy in Russia: The Embassy of Mexico in Moscow is currently operational. Visa processing delays are expected due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consular appointments are only available to the public by appointment. Foreign nationals will need to send an email to consularesrus@sre.gob.mx and attach the necessary documents depending on the visa type being issued. Visa requirements can be seen here. 

Netherlands  

On 29 April 2022, the government of the Netherlands announced that a small number of embassy staff would return to Kyiv in order to provide humanitarian assistance. The Dutch embassy will not reopen and individuals requiring consular assistance will need to contact the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

On 19 April 2022, the government of the Netherlands announced that a small number of embassy staff will return to Lviv to continue diplomatic services in Ukraine. Consular services of the Dutch embassy in Ukraine will remain closed for the time being. Individuals should continue to contact the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for urgent matters.  

On 3 March 2022, the government of the Netherlands advised all Dutch nationals to leave Russia as soon as possible. Dutch nationals remaining in Russia are advised to remain in contact with the authorities of the Netherlands and continue to monitor the news.  

Dutch nationals leaving Russia are advised to travel to Finland, Latvia, or Estonia by car. They may also seek return flights to Europe via airways that are not closed to Russian airspace and flights.  

On 28 Feb. 2022, the government of the Netherlands announced that the Ukrainian Embassy team would be relocated to the town of Jaroslaw on the Polish border. The temporary Embassy will continue to perform operational duties and assist Dutch nationals seeking to leave Ukraine. If necessary, the team will cross the Ukraine-Poland border to help assist Dutch nationals in Ukraine.  

Dutch nationals are advised to leave Ukraine immediately or seek a safe place of shelter if unable to leave.  

On 27 Feb. 202, the government of the Netherlands advised all travelers to avoid traveling to Russia. Travelers who remain in Russia are advised to register their travel so they may be reached in case of emergencies.  

On 24 Feb. 2022, the government of the Netherlands advised all Dutch nationals to avoid travel to Ukraine. All Dutch nationals currently in Ukraine are advised to leave the country or find a place of shelter. The Dutch authorities are currently not evacuating people. The government has designated Lviv as a meeting point for Dutch nationals and requested that individuals remaining in the country register their stay. The Lviv office will provide emergency aid, such as issuing emergency visas, travel documents and passports. For additional information on the meeting point in Lviv, click here.   

On 15 Feb. 2022, the government of the Netherlands requested that all Dutch nationals leave Ukraine. Most embassy personnel have left Ukraine, and a limited staff will remain at the embassy in Kyiv.  

Peru  

On 9 March 2022, the government of Peru advised Peruvian citizens residing in Ukraine and those who have left the country to be in contact with the Embassy of Peru in Hungary. The government is also working to provide temporary assistance for Peruvian nationals fleeing Ukraine.  

Poland  

Embassy in Russia: The Polish embassy in Moscow is operational and continues to process visa applications for Russian nationals. However, consular support may be limited due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Urgent visa requests may be processed in around five to 45 days, but this time may take longer due to staff limitations.  

On 26 Feb. 2022, the government of Poland advised against all travel to Belarus and Russia due to increased tension and war events in the region. Polish citizens remaining in Belarus or Russia are advised to: 

  • Register in the Odyseusz system; 
  • Monitor for updates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 
  • Keep important travel documents nearby. 

Embassy in Ukraine: On 24 Feb. 2022, the government of Poland advised against any travel to Ukraine and advised any Polish citizens staying in Ukraine to leave immediately. Polish citizens currently in Ukraine are advised to register their stay and monitor statements by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At a press conference, the Ministry of Interior and Administration announced that Poland plans to accept refugees from Ukraine, confirming that reception points are being opened in Podkarpackie and Lublin Province.

Portugal 

On 28 Feb. 2022, the government of Portugal advised all Portuguese citizens to depart Ukraine using land borders to Romania and Moldova. The Portuguese Embassies in Bucharest, Warsaw, Budapest, and Bratislava will aid Portuguese nationals.  

Romania  

On 24 Feb. 2022, the Romanian Border Police increased surveillance at the Romanian borders. Romanian border crossings remain fully equipped and have added additional staff at some locations. 

Singapore

On 13 Feb. 2022, the government of Singapore advised all Singaporean citizens to leave Ukraine as soon as possible via commercial means. The government of Singapore does not have an established diplomatic mission in Ukraine and advises that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) may not be in the position to assist a Singaporean's departure if conflict were to occur. Singaporeans currently in Ukraine should register with the MFA at the soonest possible date.  

South Korea 

Embassy in Russia: Russian nationals do not need a visa to enter South Korea for the purpose of tourism or business for up to 60 days. However, these travelers will need to apply for an ETA to enter the country visa-free. Strict COVID-19 restrictions also remain in effect. The South Korean Embassy in Russia remains operational.  

Sweden 

Effective 26 April 2022, the government of Sweden announced that groups of people granted residence permits through the concessions of the Temporary Protection Directive will be expanded to include individuals who left Ukraine between 20 Oct. 2021 and 23 Feb. 2022. The government stated that this decision was made to aid affected individuals who can no longer return to Ukraine. 

Switzerland  

On 14 Feb. 2022, the government of Switzerland updated its travel advice for Ukraine. Swiss citizens have been advised not to travel to Ukraine for tourism or any other non-urgent reasons. Travel of any nature is advised against for certain regions of Ukraine. The government stated that Swiss nationals living in the country can decide whether to leave or remain in Ukraine. The Swiss Embassy in Kyiv will remain open and continue to carry out its diplomatic and consular functions.  

Taiwan  

Embassy in Russia: The authorities of Taiwan have opened a consular service reservation system that will allow applicants to complete registration online and receive a confirmation letter from the Taiwanese consulate. In-person appointments for documents, passports, visas, and other services can only be made after obtaining a confirmation letter. For additional information, click here. 

Embassy in Ukraine: The authorities of Taiwan announced that Ukrainian family members of Taiwanese nationals (R.O.C.) and Ukrainian nationals holding an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) who are currently residing in Taiwan will be eligible to apply for a special entry permit for their Ukrainian relatives to visit Taiwan.  

Ukrainian relatives will also be required to apply at an R.O.C. overseas mission. During the application process, the individual will be required to present a valid Ukrainian passport and proof of relationship to a Taiwanese national or Ukrainian holding an ARC and currently residing in Taiwan.  

On 12 Feb. 2022, the authorities of Taiwan advised travelers to avoid travel to Ukraine due to increased security concerns. The authorities advised all Taiwanese nationals in Ukraine to leave the country at the soonest possible date.  

Ukraine 

On 24 Feb. 2022, the government of Ukraine temporarily closed the airspace of Ukraine for civil aviation due to high security risks. Citizens of Ukraine who are currently abroad are recommended to remain in their current place of residence, monitor for further developments and register their stay with the relevant diplomatic mission abroad. 

United Kingdom 

Embassy in Russia: Currently, the United Kingdom’s embassy in Moscow is operational and continues to process visa applications for Russian nationals. However, support is severely limited in the North Caucasus region of Russia due to the ongoing security situation.  

Embassy in Ukraine: On 24 Feb. 2022, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) temporarily relocated the British Embassy in Kyiv operations to Lviv. However, in-person consular services will be extremely limited.  

On 11 Feb. 2022, the government of the UK advised all British nationals to leave Ukraine immediately via any commercial means. The government also requested that British nationals avoid travel to the country. The government of the UK withdrew some embassy staff and their dependents from Kyiv. The British Embassy in Kyiv will remain open but will be unable to provide in-person consular assistance. British nationals remaining in Ukraine should keep their travel documents up to date, register their travel, and continue to monitor government and media-related travel advice.  

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