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France Welcomes Refugees From Ukraine, Facilitates Travel Rules for Them

Similar to other European countries, France is also trying to help Ukrainians, welcoming refugees from this country into France due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In this regard, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, referred to the TheSchengen.com website, saying: “France, like all other European countries, will do its part to help the Ukrainian people, but also to welcome refugees from this country.”

The authorities in France have clarified that citizens of Ukraine with a biometric passport do not need a short-stay visa to travel to the countries of the Schengen area, including France.

Ukrainians who do not hold a biometric passport and wish to travel to France are eligible to go to one of the consular offices in Ukraine’s neighboring countries such as Romania, Poland and Hungary so that their status can be checked.

Citizens of Ukraine have a legal stay of 90 days within the Schengen area. They can also obtain protection in the country in which they reside.

Those who plan to stay for more than 90 days in France are eligible to call or go to their province of residence in order to request an extension of their stay.

If Ukrainians in France hold a residence permit, their stay will be extended for three months.

I have requested the extension of residence permits for all Ukrainians which will expire in the next few days or weeks. In this regard, the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, indicated that all of them will have their residence permits extended for at least 90 days.

On February 24, Russia attacked Ukraine, on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, who described the invasion as a “special military operation”. Due to the current situation in Ukraine, EU countries have imposed sanctions and other restrictions on Russia.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently denounced the “lies” propagated by the Russian government to justify the war in Ukraine; However, Macron said he would remain in touch with President Vladimir Putin to try to secure a ceasefire.

France currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Therefore, I recently proposed activating the EU Temporary Protection Directive in order to deal with a large number of migrants from Ukraine. The announcement was confirmed by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

The minister confirmed that it will be proposed to activate the temporary protection directive during the meeting of the European Union Ministers of Interior and Justice, which will be held today, March 3rd.

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