Arrival: Important information for refugees from Ukraine

Brandenburger Tor

Berlin welcomes you! Below you will find the most important information on entering Germany, residence status and assistance available to you.

Important note

Please note that criminals may be active at Berlin Main Station trying to take advantage of the situation war refugees are in. The police have increased their presence at the main station to ensure your safety and security. Please first go to the arrival tent “Welcome Hall Land Berlin” on Washingtonplatz in front of the main station if you require assistance or are looking for accommodation. All further assistance will be coordinated from there. Please approach a police officer immediately if you feel unsafe or are offered money for accommodation.

The essentials:

  • People who had to flee Ukraine are allowed to enter Germany without a visa. This applies both to Ukrainian citizens and to people of other nationalities who were in Ukraine on 24 February 2022 and fled. This applies throughout Germany, initially until 31 August 2022. If you do not want to work and if you do not need support (such as medical care or social benefits), you do not have to register or apply for a residence permit until 31 August.
  • Ukrainian refugees can be granted war refugee status throughout the EU. An asylum application is therefore not necessary. Those who have not found permanent housing and need support must first report to the Arrival Centre at Tegel Airport. At the Arrival Centre, it is possible to get short-term accommodation and meals.
  • At the Arrival Centre in Tegel, refugees are distributed among the federal states. This means that you can be sent from Berlin to another federal state. If you are distributed to another federal state, you can register and apply for benefits there. If you have relatives in Berlin, you will usually be allowed to stay.
  • If you are assigned to Berlin and are registered as a war refugee in Berlin or have found a permanent place to stay in Berlin, you can apply for your temporary residence permit. You can do this in an online procedure. You can access the online application here.
  • After registration, you are entitled to social benefits, medical care and a right of residence for an initial period of two years. You should apply for benefits at the social welfare office which is responsible for you. You should apply for your residence permit online.
  • After you have filled out the online application for a residence permit, you are allowed to work. You are entitled to all rights and duties under German labour law.

The regulations in detail

Geflüchtete Kinder

Children and young people

Information on the reception, accommodation and emergency care of refugee children and young people arriving in Berlin without their parents or guardians. Children and young people

Further information

Gewalt gegen Frauen

Contact points and services for women

Berlin is committed to gender equality and the equal participation of all women in all areas of society, irrespective of their religion, origin or migration or refugee status. Contact points and services for women

Geflüchtete im Rollstuhl

Information for refugees with disabilities

In Germany, people who have a severe disability can apply for a Disability Card. The Disability Card will enable you to get help in various areas of daily life. A Ukrainian Disability Card is not valid in Germany. Information for refugees with disabilities

Regenbogenflagge in Berlin

Contact points for LGBTI refugees

Berlin is rainbow city and supports LGBTI refugees along with many projects and institutions. LGBTI refugees can get support at several contact points. Contact points for LGBTI refugees

Willkommenszentrum Berlin

Counselling Service at the Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre, the advisory centre of the Commissioner of the Berlin Senate for Integration and Migration, supports you in matters of legal or social counselling and other questions concerning arrival and residence. Counselling is offered in several languages. Counselling Service at the Welcome Centre

Beratung im Callcenter

Migration advice center for adult immigrants

If you need advice, for example on the registration of your children for school, attending a German course or looking for a job, contact a migration advice center for adult immigrants (MBE). Migration advice center for adult immigrants