Foreign Office advises against all travel to Russia

By Lisa James
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The UK Foreign Office has advised Britons not to travel to Russia because of ‘the lack of available flight options to return to the UK and the increased volatility in the Russian economy’.

Late last week, after Russia invaded Ukraine, the UK banned flights to and from Russia, then Russia responded by banning UK flights from Russian airspace.

Due to the continuing risk the conflict poses to civil air travel, British Airways has decided to immediately cease flights to Russia.

Russia also announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. The restrictions are set to be in place until 2 March 2022.

On Sunday, the EU announced that, as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian aircraft would be banned from operating to or from entering the EU’s airspace.

The FCDO said: “If you are in Russia, you should be aware that it may not be possible to fly directly to the UK, or via EU countries, and should amend any travel plans accordingly. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider.”

It added: “The value of the Ruble has fallen considerably in recent days, and there are reports of large numbers of people attempting to withdraw their savings from Russian banks. You should be aware that any amounts of Russian currency you hold may reduce in value over the coming days. There are also reports that foreign nationals in Russia are having difficulty using ATM and banking services. You should be aware that it may not be possible for you to access your funds through Russian banks.

“Following President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, there have been several reports of anti-war protests across Russia. There is a heavy police presence to prevent these from taking place.”

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