On Wednesday Ukraine imposed martial law in border provinces. Authorities have since announced Russian men between the ages of 16 and 60 are banned from entering the country. Foreigners are now barred from travelling to Crimea –

This is reflected in the travel advice from various governments below.

Travel advice

If you are in Ukraine during the period of martial law, we recommend that you –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

A very brief overview of official travel advice for Ukraine. Click through on the links to read the advisories in full.

US State Department ‘Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk.’
UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Donetsk oblast, Luhansk oblast and Crimea.’
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ukraine overall, exercise a high degree of caution.
Crimea, do not travel.
Regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, do not travel. 
New Zealand’s Safe Travels Do not travel to Crimea due to the uncertain security situation.
Do not travel to Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation.
Government of Canada Ukraine – Exercise a high degree of caution
Crimea – Avoid all travel
Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts – Avoid all travel
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade We advise strongly against all travel to Crimea at this time, including transiting through the international airports at Simferopol and Sevastopol.
We advise strongly against all travel to Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts at this time. Tensions remain extremely high in these regions and there are frequent casualties due to armed operations.


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