Travelling to and arrival in Ireland

Travelling to Ireland  

Ukrainian nationals do not require a visa to travel to Ireland. Non-Ukrainian family members and others fleeing Ukraine may however require a visa. You can find out if you need a visa here. Persons covered by the Temporary Protection Decision, if required, must be given an Irish visa or an Irish transit visa free of charge.

People who are entitled to Temporary Protection will be provided with a letter detailing their temporary protection in the State and their immigration permission. This process will be conducted for the majority of arrivals at Citywest centre in Dublin. This permission letter will enable them to access all necessary supports as soon as possible. People fleeing Ukraine who arrive at Dublin airport will be brought to Citywest by bus. 

Those who arrived in Ireland prior to 9 March 2022 or who were not able to register for Temporary Protection upon arrival, were given an initial 90 day immigration permission upon arrival; people who this applies to should seek to register for temporary protection before this permission expires. Further information on how this can be done is available here. 

Find information on who is entitled to Temporary Protection here.

Please note that the Irish government has announced the following changes in policy for Ukrainians seeking Temporary Protection in Ireland that are expected to take effect in the first quarter of 2024: 

  • Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection who seek State accommodation will be provided with accommodation for a maximum of 90 days 
  • While in State accommodation, beneficiaries of temporary protection will be entitled to a weekly allowance of €38.80 per adult and €29.80 per child in respect of daily expenses.  

Persons needing temporary protection or PPS numbers

Persons who arrived in Ireland after 24 February 2022 and did not register for Temporary Protection on arrival should go to a regional hub in Dublin, Cork or Limerick to get a Temporary Protection letter.

Three regional hubs to support Ukrainian families have now been opened in the following locations:

  • Cork – Cork City PSC and PPSN Centre, Department of Social Protection, Hanover Street, Cork, T12 PX62
  • Citywest Convention Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin, D24 A38Y 
  • Limerick – Limerick Intreo Centre, Dominick Street, Limerick, V94X327

The opening hours for these centres are as follows:

Monday9.15am – 5pm
Tuesday9.15am – 5pm
Wednesday9.15am – 5pm
Thursday10.30am – 5pm
Friday9.15am – 4.30pm

For more information on these centres click here and for more information on social welfare supports click here.

These centres offer in-person meetings with people displaced from Ukraine to:

  • prioritise the acceptance and processing-to-award of applications for PPS Numbers and income supports;
  • issue TP letters to anyone eligible who has already obtained one.
  • provide information and referrals to other services

People who are not eligible for Temporary Protection

Those persons who are not eligible for temporary protection should consider their individual circumstances and use the 90 day period to regularise their status either through regular immigration channels (for instance on the basis of family connections) or by applying for international protection.  

Official information
For general information on the supports and services available while you are in Ireland please see this website.

For immigration questions for people displaced from Ukraine please see the Frequently Asked Questions document from the Department of Justice.

For accommodation and social welfare concerns please see the Frequently Asked Questions document from the Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Citizen’s information.

For guidance for parents and carers from Ukraine on supporting the wellbeing of their children see here. 

For up to date official information on immigration matters visit

For support for LGBTIQ+ people fleeing Ukraine please see here.

For information on your rights in the European Union and travelling inside the European Union please see this website from the European Commission.


Irish Refugee Council

The Irish Refugee Council has an Information Helpline in Ukrainian. You can contact them from Monday to Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm on +353 (1) 913 1528.

The helpline is confidential, independent and gives information. You can read about it here.

Women’s Aid Helpline

Call (01) 913 1528 from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday if you are a Ukrainian person in Ireland experiencing domestic violence.

Read more information about services available to you here.

Call Tanya Helpline 

The helpline provides psychosocial support to Ukrainians living in Ireland who are experiencing distress due to war or displacement.  

Call +0818 452 178 from 09.00 to 11.00 or 15.00 – 18.00 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

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