Eurostar is offering free travel from Europe to the UK for fleeing Ukrainian refugees as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin’s attack continue
The high-speed train is offering refugees who are eligible to travel to the UK free seats on its Europe to UK trains.
Passengers simply need to show their passport and a valid visa to a Eurostar agent at the relevant stations and they will be issued a ticket to travel to London.
A company statement added: “We are aware that the UK Government regularly reviews the criteria for entry of Ukrainian refugees into the UK and would strongly advise Ukrainian nationals to contact the UK Embassy or the UK Government website to check for the latest information on visas.”
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The United Nations previously said more than 500,000 people have fled across the border since the invasion began.
Eurostar is not the only travel company supporting Ukrainian refugees.
Earlier this week, airline Wizz Air announced this offer 100,000 free flights for Ukrainian refugees who want to travel from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
The company also said it would offer bailout rates for those who “have already started moving and may be stranded elsewhere.”
Ukraine’s airspace was closed as a result of the invasion, causing airlines such as Wizz Air and Ryanair to suspend routes to and from the country.
The UK has also imposed sanctions on Russia, including a flight ban on the country’s airline, Aeroflot. In retaliation Russia banned all British flights in its airspace.
The EU has since announced that Russian planes are banned from operating or entering EU airspace due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In most cases, flights that would have passed through the airspace of Ukraine or Russia have been diverted rather than canceled – which could mean longer than expected travel times for those who need to travel.
Meanwhile a number of Cruise ships have removed Russia from their itineraries, with companies like MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Fred. Olsen and P&O Cruises are changing all departures to visit alternative ports of call.
The UK Foreign Office is warning: “If you are in Russia you should be aware that it may not be possible to fly direct to the UK or via EU countries and adjust your travel plans accordingly. Check with your airline or travel provider for the latest information.”
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