Previously unreceived ID passports of Ukraine will soon be available by mail abroad

January 13, 2023

Citizens of Ukraine who are in the occupied territories, in particular Crimea and southern Ukraine, constantly turn to the Crimean Tatar Resource Center for help in resolving various issues.

Recently, there has been an increase in requests from citizens of Ukraine related to obtaining ID passports, made but not received before the start of full-scale aggression.

Previously, the main problem for such citizens was that if, according to the State Migration Service of Ukraine, an ID passport was produced, regardless of whether it was received or not, it was impossible to order its re-production or receipt in another subdivision of the State Customs Service of Ukraine. Given that after February 24, 2022, a significant number of Ukrainian VMI units in the territory of southern Ukraine were occupied, all Ukrainian passports in the form of ID cards made in them were unavailable for receipt.

Thanks to the active position of representatives of the public sector, who constantly raised this issue with government agencies, in 2022 this problem was solved and ID passports produced but not received earlier could be redirected for collection to any unit of the SMS of Ukraine in the controlled territory.

But another problem has arisen: not all citizens of Ukraine from the occupied territories can get to the controlled territory of Ukraine, including through third countries, precisely because they do not have the relevant documents confirming their identity as a citizen of Ukraine.

On Thursday, January 12, lawyer of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Volodymyr Liashenko drew the attention of officials to these cases during a meeting of the Coordinating Headquarters on ensuring the departure of Ukrainian citizens from the territory of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, in particular, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, through the territory other countries to the territory of Ukraine, assistance on return to Ukraine, created in accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 1187 of 10/18/2022.

As a result of the discussion of the issue, relevant instructions were provided to state bodies, the result of which will be a solution to the problem and, for some time, ID passports ordered earlier, but not received until February 24, 2022, can be received by mail in the territory of a number of foreign countries.