Russia-Ukraine conflict leads to travel disruption

 Friday, February 25, 2022 

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The airspace of Ukraine is currently closed in the wake of the Russian invasion. Ukraine’s neighbor country Moldova has also closed its airspace, as has part of Belarus. Meanwhile the United States government’s Federal Aviation Administration has told US pilots to avoid “the entire country of Ukraine, the entire country of Belarus and a western portion of Russia.” Here the tourism in Black Sea area is deeply affected. Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the abandoned city of Pripyat are the major tourist attractions in Ukraine. These tourist attractions attract global tourists as dark tourism site.

The United Kingdom has also banned civilian Russian aircraft from its airspace. In response, Russia has banned all United Kingdom aircraft from its airspace. Some commercial airlines, including Lufthansa Airlines and Air France, had already suspended flights to Ukraine earlier this week as tensions escalated.

The airspace of Ukraine is currently closed in the wake of the Russian invasion. Ukraine’s neighbor country Moldova has also closed its airspace, as has part of Belarus. Meanwhile the United States government’s Federal Aviation Administration has told US pilots to avoid “the entire country of Ukraine, the entire country of Belarus and a western portion of Russia.” Here the tourism in Black Sea area is deeply affected. Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the abandoned city of Pripyat are the major tourist attractions in Ukraine. These tourist attractions attract global tourists as dark tourism site.

The United Kingdom has also banned civilian Russian aircraft from its airspace. In response, Russia has banned all United Kingdom aircraft from its airspace. Some commercial airlines, including Lufthansa Airlines and Air France, had already suspended flights to Ukraine earlier this week as tensions escalated.

The countries including the United States and the United Kingdom have advised their citizens to leave Ukraine. The US government issued a travel advisory on February 12 warning against travel to Ukraine “due to the increased threats of Russian military action” as well as ongoing concerns about Covid-19.

The UK government also advises against all travel to Ukraine, explaining that “it is likely that commercial routes out of Ukraine will be severely disrupted and roads across Ukraine could be closed.”

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, known as EASA, has warned of a “high risk” to civilian aircraft flying near the Ukrainian border. Here’s what we know about how travel in Eastern Europe and Russia might be impacted in the wake of the conflict.

Eastern European Part

The air traffic in eastern part of Europe is still moving outside of severely affected areas. As well as bordering Russia, Ukraine also neighbors Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said “operators should exercise extreme caution” and avoid using the airspace within 100 nautical miles of the Russia-Ukraine border. Moldova has closed its airspace, while Belarus has banned flights over part of the country.

All other countries bordering Ukraine were already on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Level 4 list of highest-risk Covid-19 destinations for travel. The US government also warns against traveling to Belarus and Moldova due to the conflict.

Still travelling to Russia

The Russian airspace on the border with Ukraine is closed to civilian flights. There are also some restrictions on domestic flights within Russia. The United Kingdom has banned civilian Russian aircraft from its airspace and above its territorial sea from February 24 until May 23. Russian airline Aeroflot usually operates direct flights between Moscow and London-Heathrow and Gatwick, according to its website. In response, on February 25 Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport, Rosaviatsia, imposed a ban on UK registered flights, as well as aircraft owned, leased or operated by a person associated with the UK, from transiting through Russian airspace.

The US State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Russia in January citing “ongoing tension along the border with Ukraine, the potential for harassment against US citizens, the embassy’s limited ability to assist US citizens in Russia,” as well as Covid-19 and other factors.

The United Kingdom’s advice to its citizens as of February 24 was more specific, advising against all but essential travel to certain Russian regions on the Ukraine border. The UK government also details information on increased restrictions and disruptions to domestic Russian flights, as well as warnings of escalated police presence and ID checks.

Travel Disruption

It is unclear how long airspace over Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus or Russia will be impacted. According to the UK government’s travel advisory, restrictions on domestic flights in Russia are currently set to be in place through March 2.

The countries including the United States and the United Kingdom have advised their citizens to leave Ukraine. The US government issued a travel advisory on February 12 warning against travel to Ukraine “due to the increased threats of Russian military action” as well as ongoing concerns about Covid-19.

The UK government also advises against all travel to Ukraine, explaining that “it is likely that commercial routes out of Ukraine will be severely disrupted and roads across Ukraine could be closed.”

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, known as EASA, has warned of a “high risk” to civilian aircraft flying near the Ukrainian border. Here’s what we know about how travel in Eastern Europe and Russia might be impacted in the wake of the conflict.

The air traffic in eastern part of Europe is still moving outside of severely affected areas. As well as bordering Russia, Ukraine also neighbors Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said “operators should exercise extreme caution” and avoid using the airspace within 100 nautical miles of the Russia-Ukraine border. Moldova has closed its airspace, while Belarus has banned flights over part of the country.

All other countries bordering Ukraine were already on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Level 4 list of highest-risk Covid-19 destinations for travel. The US government also warns against traveling to Belarus and Moldova due to the conflict.

Still travelling to Russia

The Russian airspace on the border with Ukraine is closed to civilian flights. There are also some restrictions on domestic flights within Russia. The United Kingdom has banned civilian Russian aircraft from its airspace and above its territorial sea from February 24 until May 23. Russian airline Aeroflot usually operates direct flights between Moscow and London-Heathrow and Gatwick, according to its website. In response, on February 25 Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport, Rosaviatsia, imposed a ban on UK registered flights, as well as aircraft owned, leased or operated by a person associated with the UK, from transiting through Russian airspace.

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