UKRAINE – Restrictions on Leaving the Country Affecting Dual Nationals and Permanent Residents Abroad

June 11, 2024

By: Clara Excler

Under current conditions of martial law, Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 are restricted from leaving Ukraine. This policy took effect on June 1, 2024.

Previously, dual nationals or Ukrainians with permanent residence abroad were allowed to enter and depart Ukraine provided they had deregistered their Ukrainian residency, registered their residency abroad, and obtained appropriate notes on registration of travel abroad for permanent residence and the associated stamp from a diplomatic Ukrainian mission abroad.

However, the State Border Guard Service has confirmed that the restriction now also applies to dual nationals and Ukrainian men with permanent residence abroad (with very minor exceptions). The authorities also issued a reminder that Ukraine does not recognise dual citizenship and regards dual nationals as Ukrainian nationals with associated rights and obligations.

Diplomatic missions have started recommending their dual nationals against traveling to Ukraine and advised those already in Ukraine to comply with local regulations.

Newland Chase insights

We recommend that employers of Ukrainian men with dual nationality or with permanent residency abroad identify those affected by the new regulations to ensure compliance and warn of the high risk associated with travelling to Ukraine.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.