Temporary Protection Directive
The European Council decided on 4 March to activate the Temporary Protection Directive.
It was designed to be used in the event of a “mass influx or imminent mass influx” of people coming into the EU and aims to offer immediate help to large groups of people by granting a form of collective protection status.
This is the first time the Directive has been activated.
If you are fleeing Ukraine and coming to the European Union, you will find key information about your rights with regard to crossing the border into an EU country, eligibility for temporary protection and applying for international protection, as well as the rights of travel inside the European Union here.
According the Asylum Service of the Republic of Cyprus:
If you were permanently residing in Ukraine, and you left the country to escape war from 24 February 2022 on, you may be entitled to temporary protection according to the Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022 establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC, and having the effect of introducing temporary protection.
Temporary protection will last for at least one year and it may be extended depending on the situation in Ukraine. Rights under the Temporary Protection Directive include a residence permit, access to the labour market and housing, medical assistance, and access to education for children. You may find the relevant application for temporary protection at the link below, which can be submitted at any District Immigration Office of the Police.
According to the Asylum Service, applications for temporary protection can also be submitted online through the website of the Asylum Service.
For more information and in order to download and fill in your Application for Temporary Protection, and find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the website of the Asylum Service of the Republic of Cyprus.
For more information about the procedures related to applying for Temporary Protection, visit the relevant section of the website of the Migration Section of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
Access to Health Services
Once your temporary protection application is approved you will have access to public hospitals for free. You can book an appointment with a doctor at the state hospitals who will also advise on access to medication. Please see the Republic of Cyprus’ Press and Information Office announcement here for more information.
Access to Education
Please see the website of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport for information regarding schooling for the children of Ukrainian refugees in Cyprus.
Greek Language Courses
On 8 September 2022 the Ministry of Education announced that it will be offering free intensive Greek language courses for Ukrainian citizens who have fled the war in Ukraine and are residing in the Republic of Cyprus under temporary protection: Безкоштовні курси з вивчення грецької мови для громадян України, які проживають у Республіці Кіпр через війну в Україні. Classes will be available for adults and for children and will be offered at the State Education Institutes in the all the districts. For more information and to register between 12th – 23rd September, please contact the State Educational Institutes as follows:
Nicosia District: Aglantzias High School, Tel.: 22305215
Limassol District: Lanitio Lyceum, Tel.: 25305245
Larnaca District: Pangyprio Lykeio, Tel.: 24304164
Pafos District: Agia Paraskevi High School, Tel.: 26 963390
Famagusta District: Paralimni High School, Tel.: 23820978
Need advice in Cyprus?
If you are from Ukraine and you are currently in Cyprus and seeking advice, you may contact our NGO partner the Cyprus Refugee Council.
Information for persons in Ukraine or neighbouring countries
For more information about the procedures that are in place to assist people in Ukraine or neighbouring countries, please see the links below:
Inside Ukraine: https://help.unhcr.org/ukraine/
In Hungary: https://help.unhcr.org/hungary/
In Poland: https://help.unhcr.org/poland/ and also the Polish government website for Ukrainians: https://www.gov.pl/web/udsc/ukraina-en
In Romania: https://help.unhcr.org/romania/ and the website of our partner, the Romanian National Council for Refugees: https://www.cnrr.ro/index.php/ro/
In Slovakia: https://help.unhcr.org/slovakia/ and the Government of the Slovak Republic site https://ua.gov.sk/en.html