Recent conflicts between Ukraine and Russia have potential travelers reconsidering trips to the country. If you are planning on traveling to Ukraine in the near future, be sure to check the travel advisory level for your destination.
The advisory level for travel to Ukraine as a whole is currently sitting in tier two. This means that travelers should “exercise increased caution.” Government websites cite crime and civil unrest as the primary reason for the slightly elevated level. Potential dangers include:
- An increase in crimes against foreigners and their property
- The likelihood of a protest or demonstration turning violent
- Political assassinations
U.S. citizens should avoid the high-risk areas (outlined below), as well as reconsider travel to many of the eastern regions due to the potential for increased activity at any time. For more information on safety and security in the country of Ukraine, you can visit the Ukraine information page on the State Department website.
Crimea’s travel advisory level is currently at tier four meaning “do not travel.” Russia has attempted to annex this particular Ukrainian region, resulting in arbitrary abuse and imprisonment of foreigners by the occupying authorities. The area is currently home to a high population of Russian Federation military personnel. The United States government has issued a statement claiming it is unable to assist citizens requiring emergency services in Crimea.
Donetsk and Luhansk (Cities)
The cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are also listed at tier four (“do not travel”). Specifically, the eastern portions of both cities are under Russian control. Armed conflict in the area is responsible for over 10,000 deaths and the detainment or kidnapping of foreign citizens.
Other Areas of Elevated Risk
The following regions possess a tier three (“reconsider travel”) advisory rating:
Travel Precautions for U.S. Citizens
If you are planning on traveling to Ukraine it is important to observe all necessary precautions to ensure your security. Pay attention to the local news and remain alert for events that could affect your plans. Avoid all protests and demonstrations, and adjust travel agendas located in areas where they could occur. Follow appropriate U.S. resources for accurate information including the Department of State social media accounts and the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program text alerts. Finally, create a contingency plan to be used in case of an emergency.