Federal Minister Dr Volker Wissing:
After more than 75 years of peace, war has returned to Europe. Putin will go down in history as a warmonger and aggressor. Nothing can justify his attack on Ukraine, which constitutes a breach of international law. We as the Federal Government will stand by Ukraine and do everything in our power to help those people who are suffering.
Validity of Ukrainian driving licences in Germany
On 18 July 2022, the EU Council adopted the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific and temporary measures, in view of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, concerning driver documents issued by Ukraine in accordance with its legislation. Regulation (EU) No 2022/1280 entered into force on 27 July 2022.
In accordance with Article 9(2) of the Regulation, it shall cease to apply on 6 March 2025, at the latest, or earlier if the temporary protection status comes to an end. For information on who is eligible for this measure, please refer to the homepage of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
- If you hold a valid Ukrainian driving licence:
You do not have to take any further steps. Your Ukrainian driving licence is recognized in Germany and in all EU Member States. It is not necessary to carry a certified translation of your licence or an international driving licence.
If you hold a digital Ukrainian driving licence:
If you present your digital Ukrainian driving licence and the Ukrainian authorities, upon enquiry, confirm its validity and that you are currently entitled to operate a motor vehicle, your driving licence will be recognized.
If your Ukrainian driving licence has been lost or stolen:
Please go to the competent driver licensing authority of your place of residence.
They will submit an enquiry to the Ukrainian Register of Driving Licences to ascertain that you hold a valid driving licence. If this is confirmed, the driver licensing authority will issue a driving licence valid for the duration of the temporary protection status. This driving licence is recognized throughout the EU. (Valid until 6 March 2025 at the latest)
It would be helpful to have a copy of the driving licence at hand, as the following information will be required for the enquiry:
- Serial number of the Ukrainian driving licence (3 letters),
- licence number and
- date of birth.
It is not possible to make an enquiry on the basis of the surname.
If a new driving licence is issued to you:
No medical examinations are generally required for Category A and B licences.
For Category C and D licences, medical examinations are required. Please contact your competent local driver licensing authority for further information.
If you are a professional driver from Ukraine:
In cooperation with the federal states, the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the Federal Printing Office and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport is currently working towards creating the necessary administrative and legal bases for the temporary recognition of Ukrainian professional drivers’ qualifications in Germany, as called for by the EU. The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport will keep you updated on its homepage.
Evidence of third-party vehicle insurance for Ukrainian passenger cars
Given the plight of refugees from Ukraine, German third-party vehicle insurance companies have decided to cover, until 31 May 2022, any damage caused by potentially uninsured Ukrainian passenger cars in Germany. In the case of an accident, the victim of the accident is thus financially protected within the scope of the applicable minimum levels of coverage, and the driver of an uninsured Ukrainian passenger car need not worry that he or she may be held liable. The Deutsche Büro Grüne Karte will settle such claims.
The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport has informed the federal states thereof and asked them to take account of the mentioned confirmation of cover as soon as possible when dealing with Ukrainian passenger cars in Germany to allow the use of such vehicles, for the time being, without evidence of a valid third-party vehicle insurance (International Motor Insurance Card, i.e. Green Card) or even without a specific border insurance having been taken out for them.
For the period after 31 May 2022, the German companies providing third-party insurance for motor vehicles have agreed to provide holders of vehicles registered in Ukraine with the possibility to take out a temporary insurance policy covering up to one year in accordance with the German Act on Third-Party Liability Insurance for Vehicles and Trailers Based Abroad (Gesetz über die Haftpflichtversicherung für ausländische Kraftfahrzeuge und Kraftfahrzeuganhänger - AuslPflVG). The actual terms of the policy will be left to the principle of contractual freedom and to the decision of the individual insurer, within the applicable statutory framework.
Detailed information can be found in the leaflet " Information for Ukrainian drivers".
No driver qualification certificate (FQN) or code number 95 required for non-commercial transport of humanitarian
The scope of application of the professional driver qualification law is not open to non-commercial transports for humanitarian aid, i.e. they can be carried out without FQN or without the code number 95.
Flight ban for Russian aircraft in German airspace
The EU has adopted comprehensive measures as a response to the conflict in Ukraine. Among these measures is also a flight ban (Regulation (EU) 2022/334, Article 3d) for aircraft “operated by Russian air carriers, including as a marketing carrier in code-sharing or blocked-space arrangements, or for any Russian registered aircraft, or for any non-Russian-registered aircraft which is owned or chartered, or otherwise controlled by any Russian natural or legal person, entity or body”. These are prohibited from landing in the territory of the European Union, to take off from the territory of the Union or to overfly the territory of the Union.
As generally applicable legal act, the Regulation is binding for any person or organisation (economic operators, public authorities, etc.) in the EU. Germany has informed the aviation industry of the flight ban by means of a “Notice to Air Mission (NOTAM)”.
Flight ban imposed for Ukrainian airspace
On 23 February 2022, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) had already activated previous arrangements and contacted all affected associations, air carriers and federal ministries to recommend that they do not plan and conduct flights into or through Ukrainian airspace. This recommendation had already been made before Ukraine announced restrictions for flight operations in its own airspace.
Early in the morning of 24 February 2022, the BMDV and the Federal Aviation Office (LBA) put into action the prepared emergency plan, emphasizing per NOTAM the deterioration of the security situation and announcing a possible flight ban.
This initial NOTAM was updated around noon of the same day (24 February 2022) on the basis of a legally binding flight ban according to the Civil Aviation Act. It will initially be valid for four weeks.
Please click here for the General Order for Ukrainian airspace (German only).
In addition, on the evening of 24 February 2022, another NOTAM was published for an area extending 100 NM (i.e. 180 km) into the airspace of the Russian Federation and Belarus along the Ukraine border. It advises not to plan and conduct flights to or through this airspace and will be valid for four weeks.
On the evening of 25 February 2022, this NOTAM was extended to harmonize it with numerous other states, in particular EU Member States. The NOTAM now advises not to plan and conduct flights in the airspace of the Russian Federation and Belarus within 200 NM surrounding the borders with Ukraine. The NOTAM will be valid for four weeks.
Waterways and Shipping
Handling of Ukrainian certificates of competency for inland navigation
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has communicated through the European Commission that, in view of the limited administrative activity since 24 February 2022, the validity of certificates of competency for inland navigation will be extended automatically until the end of martial law. In addition, an agreement was reached on 12 May 2022 in the working group on professional qualifications of the European Committee for drawing up standards in the field of inland navigation (CESNI) that proof of physical and mental fitness must not be furnished for these certificates of competency expired after 24 February 2022.
If there is no more space left for entries in the Ukrainian service record book, or the holder wishes to have navigation time served verified and confirmed by entry of a control stamp (validated), a service record book without the European Union flag and without the CCNR logo will be issued. Outside, on the title page, the following entry is to be made in the German, English and Ukrainian languages:
“Replacement in the form of a follow-up issue to the Ukrainian service record book no.: XXXX.
Only valid in conjunction with the aforementioned service record book from the Ukrainian authorities within the geographical and material scope of the aforementioned service record book.
Date of issue, signature, stamp of the issuing authority.”
Here, the following applies:
- The service record book is to be issued based on the model referred to in section 60 of the Regulations for Inland Waterway Navigation Personnel (BinSchPersV) (combined service record book).
- All of the entry options concerning identity and qualification of the holder are to be left blank and protected against alteration by suitable means.
- The days of navigation served can be entered into the new service record book by the boatmaster. The Waterways and Shipping Office can validate this entry.