Is a Ukrainian citizen who has been to Poland from 2021 with a visa valid until April 22 (now it is being extended) can go to Ukraine and after 2 weeks come back to Poland?
If a Ukrainian citizen came to Poland before February 24, 2022, he or she is not able to obtain a PESEL UKR number, and thus obtain the diia.pl electronic document. The validity of the visa was extended as the original validity of the visa expired after February 24, 2022.
The following are extended until August 24, 2023:
- validity of national visas,
- validity of temporary residence permits,
- the deadline for leaving the territory of Poland and the deadline for voluntary return,
- validity of residence cards, Polish identity documents of a foreigner,
- documents “permit for tolerated stay”,
- validity of visa-free travel, Schengen visas, visas and residence permits issued by other countries of the Schengen Area.
In the event of leaving Poland, upon re-entry, a citizen of Ukraine cannot invoke the residence right resulting from the extension of the visa validity period referred to above.
It should be noted that, in accordance with the special legal regulations introduced in connection with the Russian aggression against Ukraine, Ukrainian citizens who came to the territory of the Republic of Poland from Ukraine in connection with hostilities in that country from February 24, 2022, may obtaining the consent of the commander of the Border Guard post to enter Poland and, consequently, receiving the PESEL UKR.
The permission to enter seems justified, as the armed Russian aggression continues and its effects affect the entire territory of Ukraine.