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Ukraine’s Neighbouring Countries Ready for an Influx of Migrants

As the crisis continues inside the territory of Ukraine, its neighboring countries have already made the necessary preparations for all possibilities.

Slovakia, which shares a 97 km border with Ukraine, said the country is ready to provide assistance to citizens of Ukraine, reports.

The Slovak authorities announced that all border crossings with Ukraine were operating except for railways.

Moreover, it was explained that the firefighters built temporary emergency camps for Ukrainian refugees. In addition, the capacity of the asylum facilities has been increased.

The Slovak Interior Ministry revealed earlier today that only 10,526 entries were made in the last 24 hours

All persons fleeing war are allowed to remain within the territory of Slovakia for a period of 90 days. However, once a person applies for asylum, their status will change, and the 90-day rules will no longer apply to them.

Ukraine has a visa-free regime with its neighboring countries, which means that they can cross the border without having to obtain a valid visa or additional documents. Persons who do not hold a valid travel document after undergoing assessment are also allowed to enter Slovakia.

Polish authorities have also assured Ukrainian citizens that they will be allowed to enter Poland. It was made clear that everyone would be accepted, even those without valid documents.

“If you are fleeing an armed conflict in Ukraine, do not worry that you do not have documents that will allow you to enter Poland,” reads the Polish government’s statement.

They advised all Ukrainian citizens to go to the nearest reception point if they do not have a place to stay in Poland. In addition, they assured that meals and medical assistance will be provided to all.

Polish border police said more than 29,000 Ukrainians arrived on Thursday and many more on Friday.

Two neighboring countries, Moldova and Romania, also recorded large numbers of arrivals from Ukraine.

>> Nearly 26,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Moldova and Romania

Apart from the above countries, the Czechs also announced that the country is ready to support all immigrants coming from Ukraine. The Czech Republic has activated a migration preparedness plan to help Ukrainian citizens.

Ukraine is a victim of Russian aggression and we will not leave our friends without help. If citizens of Ukraine terminate their residency, there is no need to be afraid of restrictions. “As part of the simplified procedure, they can apply for a special type of visa and stay with us,” Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakochan said.

In addition, he indicated that the visa extension rules will continue to apply.

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