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Information for Ukrainians

Published 5.4.2022 (Updated 6.4.2022) 

This site contains links, instructions and advice for people who have fled Ukraine to Finland. The information will be published in English and, to the extent possible, also in Ukrainian.

At the bottom of the page you will find information on how you can help those who have fled Ukraine or are still in Ukraine. / Sivun alaosasta löydät tietoa siitä, millä tavoin voit auttaa Ukrainasta paenneita tai heitä, jotka ovat vielä Ukrainassa.

We will update the content on this page as we get more information.

National instructions and links for those fleeing Ukraine

Тимчасовий захист для громадян, які рятуються від війни в Україні / Temporary protection for those fleeing Ukraine

  • Тимчасовий захист призначений для осіб, що утікають від війни в Україні. Головна мета такого захисту ― мати можливість швидко застосувати до таких осіб захист тимчасової дії. / The purpose of temporary protection is to provide swift help to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
  • The page in Ukrainian:
  • The page in English:

Що я повинен робити прибувши з України до Фінляндії / Instructions on arriving in Finland from Ukraine

Інструкція для вас, якщо ви вже перебуваєте у Фінляндії і не можете повернутися в Україну / Instructions for you if you are already in Finland and cannot return to Ukraine

Living in a reception centre

Staying in private accommodation

Local instructions and links for those fleeing Ukraine to Luumäki

Lions Club Luumäki Ellen

Luumäki parish

The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare Lappeenranta Association

  • Multicultural family café on Thursdays at Me-talo (Raastuvankatu 7, 53100 Lappeenranta) from 5 pm to 6.30 pm. Ukrainians welcome. Russian-speaking volunteer instructor is on site at the café
  • At premises of the Tirika Kindergarten (Armilankatu 33, 53100 Lappeenranta) are organized recreational activities for Ukrainian families, as well as information and support for adults. The event is especially targeted at home hosts who do not have professional support available from the host. The date will be specified later.
  • Contact person Henna Karhu, tel. +358 50 477 8444,

Nicehearts ry/Me-talo

  • On Wednesdays, the opportunity for Ukrainians to gather at the Me-talo (Raastuvankatu 7, 53100 Lappeenranta) from 12:30 to 14:30
  • Contact person Sanna Peronmaa, tel. +358 50 4487832

Home accommodation network in South Karelia

  • The Home Accommodation Network in South Karelia is a civic action network that has organized the home accommodation activities of asylum seekers in Finland since 2015. It is based on the Home Accommodation Support Association, which is a network and its local groups as well as home accommodation partners supportive association of experts. Applicants for asylum or temporary protection in home accommodation in Finland stays in a local home instead of a reception center. This is a form of housing where the host is registered as a home host at the reception center. That is what is happening a mutual experience of a shared everyday life as part of a local community.
  • Email:
  • More information:
  • Facebook:

Hope ry, Lappeenranta

  • A family with children who have come to South Karelia as a refugee and are covered by social security can apply for help for their children: clothing, toys, books, games and hobbies. You can apply for help by filling out an online form: apua/
  • Contact person Anni Pirnetkoski,

Ukrainians can travel for free in traffic procured by the ELY Center for Southeast Finland

  • In contract traffic acquired by the ELY Center for Southeast Finland, Ukrainians can travel for free with a passport or a passport certificate issued by the police, the Border Inspection Authority or the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri). At this stage, the procedure is valid from now until the end of the spring season on 5 June 2022.

How can I help for those coming to Luumäki from Ukraine? / Kuinka voin auttaa Ukrainasta Luumäelle saapuvia?

Finnish Red Cross / Suomen Punainen Risti

  • Through the Finnish Red Cross, you can offer many different types of help / Suomen Punaisen Ristin kautta voit tarjota monenlaista apua
  • More information in English: the-conflict-in-ukraine/
  • Lisätietoa Suomeksi:

How can I send help to Ukraine? / Kuinka voin lähettää apua Ukrainaan?


Plan International

Save the Children / Pelastakaa Lapset