‘I’m confused why we’re here.. I don’t think that’s fair’ – Ukrainian couple say they couldn’t leave the hotel after arriving in Dublin

A Ukrainian couple who had fled the war were asked to self-isolate after they arrived in Dublin.

nastasiia Kyshmar and her partner Kyrylo are currently staying in a Travelodge hotel at Dublin Airport.

Ms Kyshmar said that upon arrival they were told they were “not allowed” to leave the hotel until their quarantine was completed, otherwise they risked losing their support.

However, there are currently no legal requirements in place for those entering the country for quarantine.

Kyshmar said that after arriving in Dublin, they told border officers they were fleeing war and were escorted to a taxi that took them to a hotel.

Ms Kyshmar said that although she and her partner are fully vaccinated and have an EU-recognized vaccination certificate, volunteer Peter McVerry said they had to quarantine for six days with a PCR test on Tuesday.

They also don’t know what will happen after the self-isolation is done.

“I have been told we will be moved to another hotel,” she said.

“I didn’t even know my options and I tried to talk to people but they didn’t give me a SIM card so I couldn’t call the immigration office here,” she said.

They were handed leaflets in both English and Ukrainian by staff member Peter McVerry, which said they had to quarantine for “at least six days” and that they would be taken to Balseskin, an asylum and asylum center. , when they complete self-isolation.

Ms Kyshmar said: “I’m confused as to why we’re here and I don’t think that’s fair.

She also says that it is difficult to get information about what will happen next or get extra support.

Couple living in Crimea in Ukraineplanned to get married at the end of February but was forced to flee when war broke out.

She said bombs “had fallen next to us” as they fled in the early hours of February 25.

“It looks like a sunrise. We didn’t know where to run,” she said.

They ran to the border with Moldova, where they waited in line for nine hours before reaching an airport in Romania, where one of the first flights was to Dublin.

She said that her grandmother and her father are still in Ukraine.

“We only have two backpacks and we have no clothes,” she said.

A spokesman for Peter McVerry said the charity works with the International Agency for Protected Accommodation Services (IPAS) to assist people arriving in the country.

“We continue to operate these supports and are working in accordance with IPAS public health guidelines and guidelines,” they said.

“We have supported more than 450 people in the past seven days, of which more than 60 are Ukrainian citizens. We continue to support everyone as best we can in this rapidly evolving situation and changing guidelines.”

Social Affairs MP TD Jennifer Whitmore said the Government must “immediately” put in place a support system for those seeking refuge.

“It is unacceptable that Ukrainian refugees, who were promised a safe welcome in Ireland, would cross the rift in this way,” she said.

“Their journey has been traumatic enough and the Government must urgently address this to ensure that they are not harmed further.”

It is understood that this afternoon Ms Kyshmar and her partner were informed that they are no longer required to self-isolate in the hotel.

https://www.independent.ie/news/im-confused-to-why-were-herei-dont-think-its-fair-ukrainian-couple-told-they-couldnt-leave-hotel-after-arrival-in-dublin-41420656.html ‘I’m confused why we’re here.. I don’t think that’s fair’ – Ukrainian couple say they couldn’t leave the hotel after arriving in Dublin

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