Temporary protection in Estonia: paperwork, social support and financial assistance
Estonia has been providing military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine since February 24, and is also actively accepting refugees. In the first days of the full-scale invasion, 3,000 refugees arrived in Estonia every day. Currently, 60,000 Ukrainians have received temporary protection in the country, most of them have found housing and work, Ukrainian children continue their studies in schools. The conditions for obtaining temporary protection in Estonia are detailed below.
Rules of entry
Ukrainians are allowed to enter Estonia with any Ukrainian documents: biometric or foreign passport, ID card, passport of a citizen of Ukraine, for children - a passport or birth certificate or any other identity documents. It is not necessary to issue a visa.
There are no coronavirus restrictions for temporarily displaced citizens of Ukraine.
In connection with the state of war in Ukraine, Estonia has temporarily simplified the requirements for the import of domestic animals of Ukrainians. Pets are allowed to enter Estonia even if they do not have a passport or have not been vaccinated. Upon arrival in Estonia, the owner of the animal must report this to the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAF). To do this, it is necessary to fill out the notification form and send it to the e-mail address [email protected]. More detailed information can be obtained at border crossings or refugee assistance centers.
Estonia shares a common border with the Russian Federation, so it often acts as a transit point for Ukrainians leaving the temporarily occupied territories through the territory of Russia. There are many volunteer centers in Estonia that help Ukrainians overcome this path:
• The "Friends of Mariupol" organization helps those evacuating through the territory of the Russian Federation with the construction of a route and transport after crossing the border with Estonia. To contact: send a request to the Telegram bot: @mariupol_estonia_bot or visit the site or Facebook. Volunteers of the organization can be found in Narva at the refugee volunteer center (Vaksali 19) and in Tallinn at the bus station (Lastekodu 46).
• Tips for those who were deported to Russia or the so-called DPR are collected in the Telegram channel: @deportationtoRF.
Now the situation on the border between Russia and Estonia is quite difficult. Holders of Ukrainian passports are "filtered" at Russian checkpoints. People's phones are checked and interrogated, they are forced to stay in cold rooms for a long time without food, water and the opportunity to rest, even with small children. After crossing the border, Estonians feed people, provide them with temporary rest until the Ukrainians decide where to go next.
Where to apply for protection?
In Estonia, as in other EU countries, Ukrainians can apply for temporary protection status. The permit is issued for one year with the possibility of extension. Ukrainians receive the right to residence, work, financial support, health insurance and education. Ukrainian citizens and their family members who lived in Ukraine before February 24 and left Ukraine in connection with the military conflict since February 24 can apply for temporary protection.
Petitions for temporary protection can be submitted to the DPPO. It is necessary to book an appointment before the visit. The procedure consists of filling out an application, the employees will also take your photo and take your fingerprints. You must have identity documents or other documents with you, for example, a birth certificate.
Housing in Estonia
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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.