Embassy team relocates from Lviv to Polish border

Effective immediately, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wopke Hoekstra has decided to relocate Ambassador Jennes de Mol and his team to the Polish side of the border with Ukraine, where they will continue to perform their duties. This decision was made because of the increasingly dangerous situation in Lviv.

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Update 26 February 2022 - 14h50

This move to Poland means that the support point in Lviv will close. From their new location the team will be available to help Dutch nationals seeking to leave Ukraine. If necessary and safe to do so, members of the team will cross over to the Ukrainian side of the border to lend assistance.

Last Sunday, in light of the security situation, the embassy moved from Kyiv to Lviv. Since then nearly 30 Dutch nationals have been in contact with the assistance point in Lviv. Some of them were issued travel documents. The assistance point also provided them with advice about their onward journey to Poland and where to find food and drink, a place to sleep and a listening ear.

The travel advisory for Ukraine has been red since 12 February. At that point the foreign ministry urged all Dutch nationals to leave the country. The text of the travel advisory was modified this morning to reflect the latest developments. Dutch nationals are advised to leave Ukraine if they can do so safely, and if not, to seek a safe place to shelter. The Dutch authorities are not evacuating people.

Dutch nationals in need of assistance can contact the foreign ministry 24/7 on +31 247 247 247.