The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Donetsk oblast, Luhansk oblast and Crimea.
Manchester City take on Shakhtar Donetsk in a UEFA Champions League group match in Kharkiv on Tuesday 23 October. If you’re travelling to Ukraine for the match, check our dedicated information and advice page for travelling supporters, in addition to this travel advice.
At 3.30am on 9 October 2018, there was a large explosion at a Ukrainian ammunitions depot near the town of Ichnya, in the Chernigov oblast. The Ukrainian authorities have declared an emergency situation. A 16km exclusion zone has been established around the site. Airspace (30km zone) has also been closed while rail and road transport are suspended. If you’re located in the vicinity of the explosion you should follow the advice of the local Ukrainian emergency services.
The security situation in the south-eastern parts of the Donestsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine remains highly unstable with ongoing clashes between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed armed separatists. The FCO isn’t able to provide consular services to anyone in the parts of the Donestsk and Luhansk oblasts not currently under control of the Ukrainian authorities. See Eastern Ukraine
Russia illegally annexed Crimea on 21 March 2014 and tensions remain high. The FCO is not able to provide consular services to anyone in Crimea. See Crimea
It’s illegal under Ukrainian law to enter internationally recognised Ukrainian territory through a border point that isn’t currently controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. If you do so, you risk arrest or a fine, and you may be subject to a travel ban. International border crossings that aren’t currently under the control of the Ukrainian authorities include all land border crossings into Donetsk oblast, many of the land border crossings into Luhansk oblast, all air and sea ports in Crimea and the Kerch Bridge road and rail crossing into Crimea. Information on border crossing procedure, entry/exit regulations and checkpoints are provided at the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine website.
Events in Ukraine are fast moving. You should remain vigilant throughout Ukraine, monitor the media and this travel advice regularly, subscribe to email alerts and read our advice on how to deal with a crisis overseas.
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 78,600 British nationals visited Ukraine in 2017. Most visits are trouble-free.
The situation in Kyiv and other areas outside Donetsk and Luhansk is generally calm. However, public demonstrations do regularly take place. Policing of these events may include road closures. You should avoid all demonstrations and take extra care at public gatherings. In Kyiv, the areas around Maydan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and government buildings such as the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building) and the National Bank of Ukraine are most frequently affected. See Political situation
Take care on the roads. There are a high number of traffic accidents, including fatalities. See Road travel
Beware of petty crime, especially in crowded areas and tourist spots or when using public transport. See Crime
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ukraine. See Terrorism
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