Embassy Closures and Government Travel Warnings – Work Visas

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Due to the evolving security situation in Ukraine, many governments around the world have issued statements regarding the safety of their citizens in the country and closed or limited the operations of embassies and consulates in this jurisdiction. For an evolving list of these government announcements, please see the updates below:

European External Advisory Service

On 12 February 2022, the European External Advisory Service (EEAS) announced that its diplomatic missions in Ukraine would remain operational in order to support EU citizens in Ukraine. Staff attendance and travel advice for EU citizens may be updated as the situation evolves.

Australia

On February 13, 2022, the Australian government advised its citizens against traveling to Ukraine. Australian citizens currently in Ukraine are advised to leave the country by commercial means. Australians remaining in Ukraine are encouraged to register their whereabouts with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Australian government has withdrawn all staff from the Australian Embassy in Kyiv. Operations will temporarily continue from the embassy office in Lviv.

Belgium

On February 14, 2022, the Belgian government advised all its citizens to avoid traveling to Ukraine. Belgian citizens currently residing or traveling in Ukraine, whose presence is not essential, are invited to leave the country as soon as possible. Belgian citizens who stay in Ukraine must register their travel information and notify the Belgian Embassy in Kyiv. For more information, click here.

Bulgaria

On February 12, 2022, the Bulgarian government asked all Bulgarian nationals to refrain from traveling to Ukraine. Bulgarian nationals currently residing or traveling in Ukraine are advised to leave the country as soon as possible. The Bulgarian government recommends Bulgarian nationals residing temporarily or permanently in Ukraine to complete a travel registration form.

Canada

On February 1, 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 to 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, upon request. The government has indicated that services could become limited if the situation worsens.

Czech republic

On February 12, 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 continue to operate at full capacity. Some delays in visa processing are expected.

France

On February 13, 2022, the French government updated its travel advice for French nationals in Ukraine. French nationals are advised to postpone all travel to Ukraine, including travel for essential purposes. The government advises French citizens currently in Ukraine to ensure that their travel documents are up to date. The French government has not yet asked Ukrainian citizens to leave the country. The Embassy of France in Ukraine will remain in operation without limitation of personnel.

Greece

On February 14, 2022, the Greek government advised Greek citizens to avoid traveling to any part of Ukraine and asked all citizens currently residing in the country to leave as soon as possible. Greek citizens staying in the country are advised to register their details with the Greek Embassy in Kyiv. The Greek Embassy in Kyiv has reduced its staff to essential staff only. Greek citizens should be aware of possible delays in visa processing.

Ireland

On February 12, 2022, the Irish government advised against all travel to Ukraine and asked all citizens currently residing in Ukraine to leave immediately by commercial means. The Irish Embassy in Kyiv will remain open, with a small number of essential staff remaining. The Irish government will be contacting people who are due to travel to Ukraine in the coming days. For more travel information, click here.

Lithuania

On February 13, 2022, the Lithuanian government urged all Lithuanian citizens not to travel to Ukraine. Citizens currently in Ukraine are urged to leave as soon as possible. The government also advises its citizens not to travel to Belarus. Lithuanian citizens currently in Ukraine are requested to register their trip so that they can be contacted by consular assistance, if necessary. The Lithuanian Embassy will continue to perform all key functions in Ukraine. For more information, click here.

Luxemburg

On February 12, 2022, the Luxembourg government published an updated travel advisory for Ukraine. The government strongly advises against all travel to Ukraine. Luxembourg nationals and residents currently residing in Ukraine, whose presence is not absolutely necessary, are invited to leave the country. All Luxembourg nationals staying in Ukraine are advised to register their stay.

Singapore

On February 13, 2022, the Singapore government advised all Singaporean citizens to leave Ukraine as soon as possible through commercial means. The Singapore government does not have an established diplomatic mission in Ukraine and advises that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) may not be able to assist the departure of a Singaporean in the event of a dispute. Singaporeans currently in Ukraine should register with the MFA as soon as possible.

UK

On February 11, 2022, the United Kingdom (UK) government advised all British nationals to leave Ukraine immediately by any commercial means. The government has also asked British nationals to avoid traveling to the country. The UK government has withdrawn some embassy staff and their dependents from Kyiv. The British Embassy in Kyiv will remain open but will not be able to provide in-person consular assistance. UK nationals remaining in Ukraine should keep their travel documents up to date, register their travel and continue to monitor government and media travel advice.

Originally published February 14, 2022

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