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Resettling in Spain

As a company with more than 14,000 Ukrainian team members, EPAM understands the challenges faced by millions of people across Ukraine, including the many who have been forced to leave the country. Our teams on the ground and around the world have been doing everything possible to support our Ukrainian colleagues and their families. Their safety is our top priority. 

In supporting our colleagues, we have collected a vast amount of information about arriving and resettling in a new country, either temporarily or permanently. We are now sharing it here in the hope it could be valuable to you or someone you know.

Please note that the information is subject to change at any given time due to rapidly changing circumstances.

 

ENTERING THE COUNTRY

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Ukrainian nationals may enter Spain with:  

  • Biometric passport
  • Ukrainian passport

If you do not have one, and you do not have a visa, you should contact the consular department of one of the countries bordering Ukraine, such as Poland, Romania, or Hungary. They will consider your case and may grant permission. 

You can cross the border with a child if you have a birth certificate and a document confirming family ties with the person accompanying the child.

It is important that your passport is  stamped at the entrance to Spain. In the case that you cannot obtain the stamp in your passport, an entry declaration would be necessary. This document can be obtained at the Police Station in the three following days after your entry into  Spain. To get this declaration, you will need to provide proof of your entry to Spain - a purchase receipt or any other document related to your travel/entry into Spain. 

Ukrainian citizens can legally remain on the territory of Spain without a visa for 90 days but are not eligible to work for Spanish companies.

TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS

The EU has enacted a directive to grant temporary protection for Ukrainian residents affected and forced to move abroad from Ukraine. The Spanish Government has transposed this directive into a procedure to request the temporary protection that allows:

  • You to reside and work legally in Spain
  • You to access the Spanish public health system
  • Your children to go to public schools
     

The temporary protection is applicable to:

  • Ukrainian citizens displaced from their country due to the current conflict
  • Non-Ukrainian citizens legally residing in Ukraine
  • Stateless persons legally residing in Ukraine
     

It is mandatory to apply for the temporary protection while you are in a legal situation in Spain (within the 90 days of touristic visa).

It is possible to apply for the temporary protection as soon you arrive in Spain and its duration will be one year. It may be extended for another year maximum (1 year + 1 year).

To apply for this temporary protection, the following documentation is required:

Ukrainian citizens:

  • Complete copy of passport
  • Address in Spain and Spanish telephone number

Residents in Ukraine
(non-citizens and stateless persons):

  • Complete copy of passport
  • Address in Spain and Spanish telephone number
  • Proof of legal residence in Ukraine

Minors:

  • Complete copy of passport
  • Copy of documentation of their legal representative
  • Address in Spain and Spanish telephone number
 

HOUSING

Citizens of Ukraine who are unable to support themselves can expect to have a place in the Spanish Refugee Reception Centers. Otherwise, it is possible to rent a house or room in a hostel or hotel.

Volunteers offer free private accommodation in various cities in Spain. You can find adverts or apply on special websites of official volunteer organizations. For example, you can find free housing provided by Spaniards on the page "Shelter" at https://prykhystok.in.ua/.

 

TRANSPORTATION

The Renfe railway network provides free travel in Spain and in the direction of France for citizens of Ukraine. You can use the service in Barcelona ​​if you have a Ukrainian passport. Tickets are available at the train station ticket office.

 

WORKING IN SPAIN

Ukrainians who have received temporary protection have the right to work legally, on a contract basis or as a sole proprietor. Citizens of Ukraine who have been granted refugee status will not have access to the labor market.

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MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

EMERGENCY REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

To get medical assistance you must register at a medical center with your passport and address.

The medical centers will proceed with a temporary registration that will last around 3 months. You will not receive a medical card as the status will be temporary. At your temporary registration, you will be assigned a family doctor and/or a pediatrician for children.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE THE NIE:

In the case you proceeded with an emergency registration, you must officialise your registration: Go to the medical center with your residence card or the approval of the application and apply for the health card cancelling the Temporary status.

COVID-19 VACCINATION

If you have no shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to any of the medical centers available at any point in time.

If you already have any shot of the COVID-19 vaccine (no matter if it’s approved or not by the EU) you will need to provide a copy of your vaccine calendar to the medical center to evaluate which vaccine you have had and if/when to have another shot.

TIPS FOR WHEN YOU GO TO THE DOCTOR

Tengo dolor de cabeza /espalda/ pie… o

Me duele la cabeza / la espalda / el pie…

I have a head/back/foot pain... or  I have a head/back/foot pain...

Tengo fiebre

I have a fever.

Me pica la mano/el pie/ el dedo… o

Tengo picores en la mano / el pie / el dedo…

My hand/foot/toe itches... or  my hand/foot/toe itches...

Me ha salido un sarpullido o

me han salido granos

I got a rash or pimples

Tengo / siento / me dan calambres en el estómago.

I have/feel/get stomach cramps.

Tengo ardores

I have heartburn

Me duele la mano / el codo / la rodilla / el dedo, etc.  al estirarlo doblarlo/ girarlo…

My hand/elbow/knee/finger etc. hurts when I stretch it  out, bend it/turn it...

No puedo mover la mano / el cuello / el hombro…

I can't move my hand/neck/shoulder...

Tengo mocosidad

I have snot.

Tengo tos

I have a cough.

Me cuesta respirar / doblar la pierna…

It's hard to breathe / bend my leg...

Estoy afónico/a

I am hoarse

Me he dado un golpe en el pie

I hit my foot

Me he torcido el tobillo

I twisted my ankle

Me he caído

I fell down.

Me he cortado

I cut myself

Tengo alergia a…

I have an allergy to...

 

WHERE TO GET HELP

The Spanish government has developed a social protection program that will provide housing, food, clothing and psychological assistance. There is currently no information on whether payments are planned. Refugee Centers (OARs) should be contacted for support.

The Spanish government has enabled a helpline for people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, available 24 hours a day. The service is available in both Ukrainian and Spanish. You may also ask for an appointment at the Reception, Welcome and Referral Centers: (+34) 91 047 44 44.

Las Caracolas Refugee Center in Madrid (temporary accommodation with meals)
Address: Avenue del Mayorazgo, 28051, Madrid, the nearest underground stations "Congosto" and "La Gavia" line 1.

Social Assistance Point Training Center for Social Security Bodies
Address: José de Carabanchel a Aravaca, 91, 28233, Posuelo de Alarcon, Madrid
Hotline: +34 91 047 44 44

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