Temporary protection in Spain: conditions of entry, rights of Ukrainians, social and financial assistance
The number of Ukrainian refugees in Europe over the past month has increased by almost 250 thousand people. Most of our fellow citizens have issued the status of temporary protection in Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy. Spain ranked fifth. Conditions of entry, rights, social and financial assistance to Ukrainians in Spain further.
A citizen of Ukraine to arrive in Spain must have a biometric passport. In case of its absence, you must contact the nearest diplomatic institution of Ukraine in the EU and obtain a certificate confirming your identity and citizenship. You need to have an internal passport with you and, if available, a document confirming your residence on the territory of Ukraine until 02/24/2022.
For a child, a birth certificate and appropriate travel permits.
With these documents, a citizen of Ukraine can stay in Spain for up to 90 days.
There are no restrictions on entry into the Kingdom of Spain due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Where to apply for protection?
As in other EU countries, Ukrainians in Spain can apply for temporary protection, which allows refugees to live, work or study in Spain for one year, with an automatic extension of up to 3 years, without the need to apply for asylum.
Temporary protection in Spain provides for the following rights:
• resident card;
• work permit;
• access to social security (accommodation, legal and psychological assistance, social support, language learning, etc.);
• access to health care;
• access to education for children under 18 under the same conditions as citizens of the country;
• Validity of a Ukrainian driving license in Spain for one year.
Documents can be processed at the Reception, Assistance and Coordination Centers (CREADE) located in Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and Alicante or at police stations. Reception of citizens is carried out by appointment, contact number (+34) 91 047 44 44 (around the clock, in Ukrainian and Spanish).
The decision on registration of the status is made within 24 hours. Submitting a request is free.
After obtaining a residence permit, you must issue a foreigner identification card (TIE) - confirmation of your residence permit for authorities, banking institutions, etc.
Financial assistance to Ukrainians in Spain is 400 euros for an adult and 100 euros for a child. Payment is made within 6 months.
To apply for support, you need to register for an appointment with the Social Security Service (on the website, select the section “Make an appointment for pensions and other benefits (INSS)”) or call 915412530/901106570. More details at the link.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.