A full-scale navy assault on Ukraine by Russia, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, started on Thursday morning.
Right here, the Each day Mail journey group solutions readers’ questions on what this implies for these travelling in Europe…
Q. Is it protected to take journeys to international locations neighbouring Ukraine, corresponding to Hungary, Slovakia and Romania?
These taking journeys to international locations neighbouring Ukraine ought to regulate their airline’s web site for updates
A. Flights are working as normal, however regulate your airline’s web site for updates in addition to on the newest journey info for every nation at gov.uk. Bear in mind that there could also be refugees arriving from Ukraine. Wizz Air gives return Luton to Budapest flights from £23 (wizzair.com), whereas Ryanair has Stansted to Bucharest returns from £37 and Stansted to Bratislava from £23 (ryanair.com).
Q. What about journey to Poland? Krakow, for instance, may be very near Ukraine’s border.
A. It’s 160 miles from Krakow to Ukraine however flights are operating as normal. Ryanair is providing return Stansted to Krakow flights from as little as £10 subsequent month (ryanair.com).
Q. Can I get a refund for a package deal tour protecting international locations near Ukraine?
A. Not as issues stand. Refunds will solely be accessible if the International and Commonwealth Workplace advises in opposition to journey to the nation you had been planning to go to underneath the Bundle Journey Laws (2018). See ‘What if there’s political unrest that would influence my vacation earlier than I’m on account of journey?’ within the FAQs at abta.com/tips-and-advice/is-my-holiday-protected/new-package-travel-regulations.
Q. Now we have been planning a visit to Moscow and had been aiming to go in June…
A. The International and Commonwealth Workplace at the moment solely advises in opposition to journey to sure areas, together with Chechnya, North Ossetia and areas near Ukraine’s border. However this might change. You’ll additionally want a Russian visa; see ‘entry necessities’ for Russia at gov.uk.
Direct scheduled flights to Russia from the UK now seem unimaginable, the Each day Mail journey group says
Q. What about flights to Russia? Are they nonetheless operating?
A. Direct scheduled flights from the UK now seem unimaginable as Russia has banned British airways from its airspace in retaliation to Britain banning Aeroflot. Google Flights and Skyscanner.internet don’t present any alternate options. Nevertheless, Austrian Airways has a round-trip to Moscow through Vienna from £205 subsequent month (austrian.com) and there are different prospects on KLM.
Q. Are refunds being provided when you had a direct flight booked to Russia?
A. Sure. British Airways was the one British service with direct flights and it’s providing refunds.
Q. Will the ban on British flights throughout Russian airspace trigger delays to different locations past Russia?
A. Count on longer flight occasions to the likes of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Bangkok if you’re travelling with a British service.
British Airways won’t affirm exactly how for much longer journey will take, nevertheless it might be 18 hours as an alternative of 12.
Flights to India and Pakistan may even be delayed owing to avoiding Ukrainian/ Russian airspace, with round an hour anticipated to be added to journeys.
The Mail journey group helps one reader with a question about getting a refund for a direct flight to Russia
Q. Is there any manner spherical longer flights to the Far East and South-East Asia?
A. Sure, fly with a non-British airline that has been given permission to cross into Russian airspace.
Q. What is going to occur when you have a cruise booked that features a name at St Petersburg?
A. Cruise corporations are in search of various ports. Atlas Ocean Voyages has already introduced that it’s substituting two Finnish ports, Kotka and Mariehamn, in addition to Saaremaa in Estonia for St Petersburg.