Changes to the rules for traveling outside the place of residence during martial law

On June 28, 2022, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine approved the procedure for granting permits to Ukrainian citizens registered in the military record to travel outside their place of residence (place of stay) from the moment of mobilization and during martial law (the “Procedure“). Currently, travel outside the place of residence is allowed, subject to obtaining an appropriate permit.

Procedure for obtaining the permit and its period of validity

A permit to leave the place of residence is issued by the military office that maintains a person’s military records on the basis of a relevant request by the latter. The request must indicate the reasons for leaving and contain the supporting documents. Based on the result of consideration of such a request, the military office issues an exit permit.

The period of validity of the permit is 30 days and up to 1 year, except in the case of departure for other justifiable reasons, when the permit is granted for a period of up to 30 days.

Reasons for granting the permit

The procedure defines the specific grounds for issuing the permit for conscripts and reservists. In particular, the permit may be granted for the latter persons if:

  • they are not subject to conscription for military service and have relevant documents showing deferment for a period of up to 1 year
  • they are reserved according to the procedure established by law
  • in some cases, they must leave for other justifiable reasons provided that these people have provided relevant supporting documents

At the same time, the procedure indicates that the following categories of people do not need an exit permit:

  • excluded from military record
  • booked and sent on a business trip. In addition, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes the need to confirm the reservation by certifying an extract from the order of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine. The extract will be certified by the head of the military office
  • conscripts and reservists who have been removed from the military record and moving to a new place of residence, where they must register for military service within 7 days

Deadlines for consideration of a motion: not yet established.

We also note that the General Staff of the Armed Forces has confirmed that the aforementioned procedure will be further revised in order to cover other aspects of possible reasons for leaving the place of residence (for example, for people who frequently cross borders for official or personal purposes).

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