Last updated: 24 July 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
Events in Ukraine are fast moving. You should monitor this travel advice regularly, subscribe to email alerts and read our advice on how to deal with a crisis overseas.
British nationals in Crimea should leave now. The FCO is not able to provide consular services to anyone choosing to remain in Crimea.
Russian forces and pro-Russian groups have established full operational control in Crimea. Following an illegal referendum on 16 March, Russia illegally annexed Crimea on 21 March and tensions remain high.
Flights in and out of Simferopol airport are subject to disruption. Ukrainian International Airlines have cancelled all flights to and from Simferopol until 25 October. If you’re using this route, you should stay in touch with your airline.
Train and bus routes out of the peninsula are still operating, though subject to unscheduled disruptions. There are reports of road blocks, with passengers being searched but traffic is able to get through. If you’re currently visiting or living in Crimea, you should leave now. If you choose to remain, you should keep a low profile, avoid areas of protest or stand-off and stay indoors where possible.
Eastern and Southern Ukraine
On 17 July Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in the area around Torez in Donetsk oblast, a region under militant separatist control.
There is continuing heavy fighting with loss of life in both Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts as well as kidnappings, seizure of buildings and other violent incidents. The southern part of Kharkiv oblast (bordering Donetsk oblast) may continue to be subject to disruption given its proximity to the conflict area.
There has been no recent recurrence of unrest and violence in the cities of Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Mykolayiv, where the situation remains calm. But you should take great care and remain vigilant throughout eastern and southern Ukraine, and avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings.
There are no scheduled flights into or out of Donetsk and Lugansk airports.
Other parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv
The situation in Kyiv and western cities has calmed considerably following months of violent protest during which nearly 100 people were killed, though occasional non-violent public demonstrations continue in and around Independence Square, St Michael’s Square and outside the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building). Elsewhere in Kyiv, life has largely returned to normal, but shots were fired on Independence Square early on 7 July causing several injuries.
The British Embassy in Kyiv is open to the public by appointment only. If you need to contact the British Embassy, please call +380 44 490 3660, or send an email to email@example.com
Around 82,600 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free.
Take care on the roads. There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities.
Beware of petty crime, especially in crowded areas and tourist spots or when using public transport.
There is a low threat from terrorism.