Foreign Office updates advice to warn Britons against all travel to Russia

The Foreign Office has issued an update to Russia travel advice warning Britons against visiting the country due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

A damaged residential building is seen after Russia launched a major military operation against Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. REUTERS / Umit Bektas
A damaged building in Kyiv due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The Foreign office has updated its Russia travel advice and is now warning Britons against all travel to “all of Russia”, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) changed its advice on February 28, explaining that the decision was “due to a lack of available flight options to return to the UK”. Great Britain and increased volatility in the Russian economy”.

The Russo-Ukrainian War closed some airspace, including Ukrainian airspace.

Britain also imposed sanctions on Russia, including a ban on flights by the country’s airline Aeroflot. Russia retaliated with a ban all UK flights in its airspacewith airlines like British Airways then suspending flights to Moscow.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also tweeted: “I have signed restrictions banning all scheduled #Russian airlines from entering UK airspace or touching UK soil.”

The EU has since announced that, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian aircraft are prohibited from operating or entering EU airspace.

The Foreign Office warned: “If you are in Russia you should be aware that it may not be possible to fly directly to the UK or across EU countries, and should modify any travel plans accordingly. Check up-to-date information with your airline or travel provider.”

You can learn more in FCDO’s latest Russia travel tips.

A person walks around the wreckage of an unidentified plane that crashed into a house during the invasion



In the vast majority of cases, flights are being rerouted rather than cancelled.

If you have booked a flight through Ukraine or Russia airspace, your flight can still continue but via a different route. It’s best to talk to your airline as they can notify you of any changes to journey times.

Ukraine is invaded by a second country today as Belarus joins Russia’s onslaught. It comes like Vladimir Putin suffered heavy losses as the invasion entered its sixth day.

Earlier today Foreign Minister Liz Truss states that Russia is becoming a “global nation”, and urged countries to isolate it furthersays the Kremlin is responsible for the mass civilian casualties and more than 500,000 people who fled Ukraine.

“We are working to squeeze the Putin regime more and more by steadily tightening the deputies,” she told the United Nations Human Rights Council. I call on all nations to condemn Russia’s appalling act and isolate it in the international arena.” Foreign Office updates advice to warn Britons against all travel to Russia

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