What foreign nationals should do during quarantine in Ukraine?

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In accordance with Article 29 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Protection of Population from Infectious Diseases”, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in the territory of Ukraine, taking into account the Resolution of the State Commission on Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situations and the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Aimed at Preventing the Emergence and Spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)” No. 530 dated March 17, 2020, in the period of the declared quarantine the State Migration Service of Ukraine shall provide services to foreign nationals and stateless persons according to the separately set up work schedule, only in exceptional cases and in the specified units. 

For foreign nationals and stateless persons such exceptional cases include: receipt of temporary residence and permanent residence permits in case of an urgent necessity for obtaining public, administrative and financial services. 

Also, during the quarantine period, in the event of expiration of a temporary residence permit, a foreign national or a stateless person may submit documents for the extension thereof 15 business days prior the date of expiration of the permit on the last day for the submission of documents for the extension thereof in the ordinary course at the respective territorial unit of the State Migration Service. 

Law No. 530 establishes that foreign nationals and stateless persons, who failed to leave Ukraine or file in due time an application with the bodies of the State Migration Service of Ukraine for an extension of their stay in the territory of Ukraine or for exchange of a temporary residence or permanent residence permit due to the introduction of the quarantine, shall not be subject to administrative liability (fines) for violations of the legislation on the legal status of foreign nationals and stateless persons, if such violations occurred in the period or as a result of introduction of the quarantine.       

It should be noted that foreign nationals and stateless persons shall have the right to contact the State Migration Service within 30 days from the day of the quarantine termination in order to settle the issue of the legal status of their stay in Ukraine.

In all other cases, during the quarantine period the State Migration Service shall not provide services to, or accept any documents from and accordingly issue ready documents to foreign nationals and stateless persons.    

It should be noted that foreign nationals and stateless persons shall have the right to contact the State Migration Service within 30 days from the day of the quarantine termination in order to settle the issue of the legal status of their stay in Ukraine.

In all other cases, during the quarantine period the State Migration Service shall not provide services to, or accept any documents from and accordingly issue ready documents to foreign nationals and stateless persons.   

Оксана Шершнева

Author: Оксана Шершнева

Practising lawyer


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