What is the change?
Due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine the Department of Foreign Affairs has lifted visa requirements for all Ukrainian citizens entering Ireland.
Separately, the Irish Visa Application Centre (VFS) in Kiev, Ukraine will be closed until further notice.
Analysis and Comments:
The Irish government has made this decision in line with other EU countries and in response to monitoring the emerging situation in Ukraine.
Deloitte welcomes the humanitarian support the government is providing to Ukrainian citizens by deciding to waive visa requirements for travel to Ireland.
The closure of the Visa Application Centre does not affect Ukrainian nationals who have not yet applied for Irish visa applications, as they no longer require a visa in order to enter Ireland. However, the closure may affect those who have filed their original documents to the Visa Application Centre and who require them back. Assistance in such circumstances should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
If you have employees impacted by the above changes, please contact the Deloitte immigration team to assist.