A file photo of Egypt s Emigration Minister Nabila Makram (Photo: Al-Ahram)
In statements to TV show My Responsibility on Sada El-Balad TV channel, Makram said that Egyptian university students living in the Western cities of Ukraine have an easier time moving to neighbouring countries Romania, Poland and Hungary, as opposed to students staying in Eastern cities like Kharkiv.
Kharkiv, which is known for its universities, is under heavy attack by the Russian army.
Minister Makram said that the students in the Eastern Ukrainian cities should follow the instructions of the Egyptian embassy concerning movement in the country.
Makram said that the ministry has not recorded any deaths of Egyptian students, but added that an Egyptian citizen married to a Ukrainian woman has been shot and is currently in stable condition.
Concerning students moving into neighbouring countries, the minister said that Hungary requires Egyptian students entering the country to have an unexpired passport and unexpired Ukrainian residence permit.
The Egyptian embassy in Poland, however, announced on Monday that Egyptians coming from Ukraine with expired passports will be allowed to cross the border into the country, and the embassy will issue temporary travel documents to facilitate their return to Egypt.
The Egyptian embassy in Romania has also urged Egyptians coming from Ukraine with expired passports to contact it, as it is working with Romanian authorities to facilitate their entry into Romania.
Minister Makram said that her ministry has forwarded the names of Egyptian students returning from Ukraine to the education ministry to determine if they can continue their studies at Egyptian universities.
Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine started last week, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, including 3,000 students studying at Ukraine’s universities, especially in medicine.