23 MARCH 2022

Ukraine Info: IOM shares info re. Temporary Protection & entry support

This information was shared by the Malta office of the International Organisation for Migration, based on its discussions with various stakeholders:

Temporary Protection

If persons arrive in the EU by plane, the date of stamped passport should suffice. If they entered through neighboring territories(Poland, etc.) they are given some document proving date of entry.

If they present this documentation at IPA, they should be given a decision there and then(or same day) with which they can go to Identity Malta which will issue a residence permit. Therefore it is accelerated and goes through a different channel.

People may also opt to apply for asylum, in which case the normal procedure would apply. When going to IPA they are explained both types of status and can then choose.

Until last week, TP has not been awarded, as most Ukrainians who have applied did not fall within the eligibility criteria. The one person who did fall within the criteria chose to apply for asylum instead.

Persons who apply for TP need to present documentation that they fall within the eligibility criteria (in line with the Directive and Malta’s implementation of the Directive:

  • Ukrainian nationals residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022;
  • stateless persons, and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine, who benefited from international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022; and
  • family members of the persons referred to in points (a) and (b).)

Airport info point by the Ukrainian Consulate

Airport Helpline: +356 9920 00 36.

All the Ukrainian arrivals (until the previous week) came invited by family members previously living in Malta.

The Ukrainian diaspora in Malta is over 2,000 people.

Entry Support

If the person only has Ukrainian documents and wishes to travel to Malta from neighbouring countries,  they should previously contact the consulate here, who in cooperation with the Immigration Police, will provide clearance support.

This is a post of several where the Malta Refugee Council will be giving news and updates on the situation of Ukrainians here and on how they may be protected.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any info you would like to share or if you need any assistance.


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