Arrival: Important information for refugees from Ukraine Your first days in Berlin: accommodation and registration
If staying with friends or relatives in Berlin is a possibility for you, the following applies: Since you are a Ukrainian citizen with a biometric passport or Schengen visa residing in Germany legally, you do not have to register with the authorities or apply for asylum initially.
If you need assistance – such as accommodation or basic services, please contact the Arrival Centre. This is located at Oranienburger Straße 285, 13437 Berlin-Reinickendorf
. You can reach it by taking public transport to the S-Bahn and U-Bahn station Karl-Bonhoeffer-Nervenklinik. As a Ukrainian refugee, you are allowed to use all the buses, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains (suburban and underground trains) in Berlin free of charge. Shuttles are being provided from the main station (Hauptbahnhof) to the Arrival Centre.
At the Arrival Centre you will be tested for the coronavirus and then registered. During registration you will have to show your passports or identity cards. You will then be taken to your accommodation. You will receive hygiene products, emergency care, a room and three meals a day. Over the next few days, you will receive information about the procedure for being granted a residence permit.
You also have the option of staying with private individuals or families. You can already submit a request for accommodation on unterkunft-ukraine.de
before you enter the country. Medical care for refugees
At large accommodation shelters, medical care for refugees is provided directly on site at the "MedPoints". Medical treatments are also available for refugees. The following institutions will help you to access the treatment you need as quickly as possible:
Pregnant women who have just arrived from Ukraine and do not have health insurance yet can get a gynaecological examination, or antenatal check-up at the sexual health and family planning centres (Zentren für sexuelle Gesundheit und Familienplanung). You will need to make an appointment by telephone. There are centres at five locations: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Refugees with disabilities can apply for necessary aids and treatments. The central point of contact is the Berlin Centre for Self-Determined Living
(Berliner Zentrum für Selbstbestimmtes Leben e.V.). Residence in Berlin: work permit, asylum application and "temporary protected status"
EU-wide efforts are currently underway to clarify the official residence status of people from Ukraine. One possibility being discussed is applying the "temporary protection" clause under Directive 2001/55/EC. Information on current developments will be posted here.
If you are in Germany legally thanks to a Schengen visa or entering on a biometric passport, you do not need to apply for asylum at the present time. Applying for asylum would also entail a number of restrictions for you: You would initially not be able to work, would be distributed across Germany on the basis of reception quotas and would then not be able to freely choose your place of residence.
Labour law aspects are also currently still being clarified. If you entered Germany without a visa or on a Schengen visa, you are initially not allowed to work. If you have a long-term visa or national visa or a work visa for Germany, you are allowed to work. Corona situation in Berlin: vaccination and testing services
Special measures and rules for how to behave are currently in place in Berlin due to the corona pandemic. Here is an overview of the current rules
. The most important points relate to:
Journeys on local public transport
- 3G rule on public transport (3G = tested, recovered or vaccinated): If you have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have not recently recovered from Covid19, you must have proof of a current corona test with you when using public transport. You must also wear an FFP2 mask. You will be provided with this at the Arrival Centre.
- FFP2 mask requirement: You must wear an FFP2 mask in supermarkets and shops.
- Mask requirement in buildings: In most buildings you must wear a medical face mask or surgical mask.
- You can get tested for the coronavirus free of charge at numerous test centres.
Initially until the end of March 2022, Ukrainian nationals can travel free of charge on the U-Bahn (underground rail), bus, S-Bahn (suburban rail) and tram in Berlin and Brandenburg. You can use these local public transport services free of charge by showing your Ukrainian passport. Rail travel in Germany
To enter Germany using Deutsche Bahn (DB) (German Rail), all you need is your Ukrainian passport or a Ukrainian identity document. For further journeys inside Germany, you can get free "helpukraine" tickets at DB Travel Centres.
* source: https://www.berlin.de/ukraine/