U.S. Ukrainian Dual Citizens in Ukraine Face New Travel Restrictions Amid Law Change

Staff report

KYIV, Ukraine — June 5, 2024

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has announced that as of June 1, Ukraine has eliminated a “residence abroad” exception, impacting the travel abilities of U.S.-Ukrainian dual citizens. This change affects Ukrainian males aged 18 to 60, including those living in the United States, who may no longer be able to leave Ukraine.

Under Ukrainian law, dual citizenship is not recognized. Consequently, U.S.-Ukrainian dual citizens are treated solely as Ukrainian citizens while in Ukraine and are subject to Ukrainian laws and obligations. During the ongoing martial law, men in this age group are prohibited from leaving the country. Previously, an exception allowed dual citizens who had deregistered their Ukrainian residency and registered their U.S. residency to depart Ukraine. This exception has now been revoked.

The U.S. Embassy has limited capacity to influence Ukrainian law, including martial law and mobilization regulations affecting Ukrainian citizens. U.S.-Ukrainian dual citizens currently in Ukraine are advised to shelter in place and comply with local orders. Those not in Ukraine are strongly advised against traveling to the country, as there is a high risk they will be unable to leave, even with a U.S. passport.

The State Department maintains a Level 4: Do Not Travel warning for Ukraine. U.S. citizens can find more information on dual citizenship travel and crisis protocols on the State Department’s website.

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