Ukraine bans draft-eligible dual citizens from leaving

U.S. Embassy in Ukraine
U.S. Embassy in Ukraine

As of June 1, Ukraine has abolished the clause that allowed individuals with dual or multiple citizenship to leave the country even if they were eligible for military service, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine announced on June 4.

The notice reiterates that Ukrainian law does not recognize or regulate dual citizenship in the first place.

“Ukrainian law does not recognize dual citizenship,” the embassy said.

“U.S.-Ukrainian dual citizens are therefore treated solely as Ukrainian citizens while in Ukraine and are subject to the rights and obligations of Ukrainian citizens.”

The message adds that while martial law is in effect in Ukraine, all military-aged men between 18 and 60 who are eligible for military service cannot leave the country, even if they also hold U.S. passports.

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Previously, individuals with dual U.S.-Ukrainian citizenship could enter and exit Ukraine freely, provided they had registered their place of residence in the United States.

The embassy added that it cannot change the situation and advised dual citizens to review information on the U.S. Department of State's website for essential travel information.

“If you are in Ukraine and cannot leave the country, shelter in place and obey all local orders,” the message said.

“If you are not currently in Ukraine, we strongly recommend against all travel to Ukraine by U.S. citizen males aged 18 to 60 who also have Ukrainian citizenship or a claim to Ukrainian citizenship and who do not wish to stay in Ukraine indefinitely. There is an extremely high risk you will not be allowed to depart, even with a U.S. passport.”

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