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Rules for the stay of Ukrainian refugees in Poland in 2023: what has changed since April

It is important for Ukrainians to pay attention to the fact that the rules for staying in neighboring Poland have changed this year. Find out what refugees need to do to comply with the law.


The information was created on the basis of the news of the Enable Me publication.

What has changed for Ukrainian refugees in Poland / Photo by Valentyn Chernetskyi on Unsplash


Rules of stay in Poland in 2023:

  1. Ukrainian refugees now have only 30 days to get a PESEL number (previously it was 90 days).

  2. Those who will stay in Poland for more than 120 days must reimburse half of the accommodation costs. The amount of compensation should not exceed PLN 40 per person per day.

  3. From May 1, 2023, refugees staying in Poland for 180 days will pay 75% of the cost of living. The amount should not exceed PLN 60 per person per day.

  4. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a rule that social assistance payments are "frozen" when a Ukrainian leaves Poland. If a person stays outside Poland for more than 30 days, he will lose the right to social assistance. If the person has to flee war again, status and benefits can be renewed.

  5. From now on, an electronic document in the Diia.pl application will be recognized in Poland. This document, together with a travel document, entitles Ukrainians to cross the border many times without obtaining a visa.

In the new version of the documents, the provision that Ukrainians can have a simplified procedure for obtaining a permit for temporary residence in Poland has been removed. However, Poland guarantees Ukrainian refugees a legal stay for 1.5 years – from the start of the full-scale war until August 24, 2023.

From April 1, 2023, those who opened a business in Poland or found a job can apply for a temporary residence permit.
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