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Sponsor support: Homes for Ukraine scheme

Guidance for people sponsoring individuals and families in the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

My guests are on their way

Once your guest’s permission to travel has been granted by the Home Office and they have received an official letter, they are free to travel to the UK.

Checklist to help you get prepared

Use this checklist to help you get prepared, or alternatively, guidance is available on GOV.UK.

Make sure you have:

  1. Communicated to your guests how they can get to your accommodation.
    You could collect them, or you could provide detailed instructions on available public transport. Guests can travel free of charge on National Rail, the London underground, the Docklands Light Railway and most bus and coach services by showing their Ukrainian passport and a boarding pass or ticket proving their arrival in the UK. Find out more about how this works. This includes the Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel which are allowing any Ukrainian nationals arriving in the UK free travel on the airline coach services (from Heathrow/Gatwick Airports to Oxford) and on any local bus services up to 48 hours after arrival in the UK. They will need to show their boarding card as proof of arrival time.
  2. Provided a welcome pack of essentials in the accommodation. For example, food, toiletries, bedding and toys and books for any children.
  3. Identified local translation services in your area should they be needed. Opora and Charity Translators offer this service nationally, and Asylum Welcome, based in the county, are also able to help.
  4. Checked that your accommodation has safety features in place such as working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and that doors and windows lock properly. These will be some of the things we will make sure are in place as part of the accommodation checks. If you are welcoming children, consider getting safety gates and door protectors. Find out more about how to make your home suitable on GOV.UK.
  5. Made internet access or data available to enable your guests to stay in touch with friends and family.