Identity card for returning to Ukraine: new rules for returning home in transit through Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and Turkey
Ukrainians who have left and have an Identity card for returning to Ukraine can use it to return to the Motherland through the territories of third countries. Learn more about the new entry rules
An identity card for returning to Ukraine is a document that confirms citizenship and gives the right to enter Ukraine in case of loss of another identity card and documents giving the right to leave. We are talking about the new rules for returning to Ukraine from abroad with such a certificate.
Return to Ukraine by transit through Germany
Germany recognizes the Identity Card for return to Ukraine exclusively as a temporary document valid for the return of a person from the country of residence to Ukraine.
If you received a document in another country of residence and are returning home through Germany in transit from another country, then you do not have the right to cross the country's state border and stay in Germany.
Attention! Germany cannot be considered a country for ground transit to Ukraine, as it does not share a common border with Ukraine.
That is, you cannot go by ground transport, transit through Germany is possible only by air and without leaving the transit zone of the airport.
In order to avoid misunderstandings and inconveniences, take into account the peculiarities of transit through the territory of Germany when planning the return route from the host country to Ukraine on the basis of an identity card for returning to Ukraine.
Return by transit through Bulgaria
If you are returning home and traveling through Bulgaria with a Return Certificate, you must apply for a Bulgarian transit visa in the country you are leaving from.
Return to Ukraine by transit through Poland
If you are returning home and traveling through Poland with a Return Certificate, you must apply for a Polish transit visa in the country of your stay.
In the event that citizens of Ukraine enter the territory of Poland from Lithuania, Belarus and other countries where there is no Polish diplomatic mission, and it is impossible to issue a visa, the issue of the pass will be considered by the Polish border guards on a case-by-case basis.
Return by transit through Turkey
Ukrainians transiting through Turkey from Georgia, Armenia and other countries on the eastern border may cross the Turkish border with the following documents:
• Identity card for return to Ukraine;
• passport of a citizen of Ukraine in the form of a booklet or ID card.
In addition, the Turkish side left the possibility of entry using passports of citizens of Ukraine of the old model when following from EU countries, including on the birth certificate for children in certain cases.
At the same time, there is the possibility of pasting a transit visa in the diplomatic institutions of EU countries accredited in Turkey for their further follow-up to EU countries or return to Ukraine.
You cannot enter Turkey from EU countries with an ID card for returning to Ukraine. And if it is a transit flight, exiting the transit zone of the airport is prohibited.
Return to Ukraine by transit through Romania
Romania has a common border with Ukraine, so transit from a third country to Ukraine through Romania is possible without a visa. Romania also adopted additional rules for Ukrainians who left Ukraine after February 24, 2022, so now Ukrainian citizens can present one of the following documents at border control for transit through Romania:
• internal passport in the form of a booklet or card;
• biometric or non-biometric foreign passport;
• Birth Certificate;
• children can be entered in the passport of one of the parents.
We will remind you! Previously, a simplified border crossing regime for Ukrainians was also introduced in Moldova. Read here what documents are required for entering Moldova or returning to Ukraine.
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