Expats Urged To Flee Ukraine by FCO

Expats, business travellers and holidaymakers are warned not to travel to the disputed The Crimea region of Ukraine.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommends no one travels to the region – plus the other disputed areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk following clashes between troops and armed separatists.

Any British nationals already in Ukraine are urged to leave or to keep a low profile.

Flights are disrupted at Simferopol Airport. Ukraine International Airlines have stopped flights in and out of The Crimea until April 29.

Travel by road or rail is also disrupted by vehicle and personal searches, but the FCO says travellers are getting to their destinations.

Current world trouble spots

“If you are in The Crimea, our advice is to leave now,” said an FCO spokesman.

“If you stay, remain at home or in a hotel whenever you can and avoid neighbourhoods where demonstrations or militias are active.”

Other current FCO travel warnings include:

  • Russia – keep away from the regions of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai. 

The FCO says all but essential travel is risky to North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria.

“These regions are all subject to terrorism. Moscow and North Caucasus are the main targets and travellers should keep an eye out for their safety all the time,” said a spokesman.

  • Mozambique – The FCO says travellers should consider Sofala Province out-of-bounds except for the capital of Beira. 

The government has sent the army and air force in to the area to target the Renamo opposition party’s Santunjira base camp.

Several armed attacks have been reported in the region on vehicles travelling on the EN1 road, resulting in killings.

  • Fiji – Foreign women are at risk travelling in isolated areas after a series of sexual assaults.
  • Honduras – Violent gangs are targeting foreigners and the FCO warns visitors not to travel on public buses which are repainted former yellow US school buses. Private coach services are safer but still risky for travellers. 
  • Nigeria – Military action against terrorists in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa led to a bomb blast at a bus station in the capital Abuja which killed 70 people and injured more than 100 more. 

The government has declared a state of emergency and curfews are in place in some areas.

The FCO warns to stay on alert for terrorist attacks.

For the latest FCO travel information and warnings, go to the FCO web site

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