How to join International Defense Legion of Ukraine — step-by-step instruction

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the creation of the International Legion of Defense of Ukraine. It will consist of foreign citizens who want to join the resistance against the Russian occupants and fight for global security, the press service of the President of Ukraine reported.

Everyone who has citizenship other than Ukrainian can become a legionnaire. Foreigners willing to join the International Legion of Defense of Ukraine do not need any visas to enter Ukraine — a visa-free regime was introduced by a decree of President Zelenskyy on March 1.

You can find the detailed step-by-step instructions on how to join the Legion and contact details for each country on

How to join the International Legion of Defense

The citizens of foreign states wishing to join the the International Legion of Defense do not need any visas for entry into Ukraine. To join the Legion, you need to do the following:

  • Apply to the Embassy of Ukraine in your country with the appropriate intention and specify what documents and clothing (equipment) are needed or recommended.
  • Pass an interview at the Embassy with the Defense Attaché and register a visa with the consul. Then the application for conscription into the Armed Forces of Ukraine for voluntary military service under a contract is submitted.
  • Get instructions on how to travel to Ukraine, the necessary documents, and equipment. It is recommended, if available, to bring a military kit, such as clothing or its items, equipment, helmet, body armor, etc.
  • If necessary, representatives of embassies and consulates of Ukraine will provide assistance along the way.

Arriving at the assembly point in Ukraine, the legionnaire signs a contract and joins the International Defense Legion of Ukraine.