How does the war in Ukraine affect travel?

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Your questions on traveling in Europe during the Russia-Ukraine war answered with the latest information

The ongoing war in Ukraine is obviously a cause of concern worldwide, and many people are wondering if neighboring countries and regions in Europe are safe to travel to, and how flights are being affected. Here’s what you need to know.

Is it safe to travel to Europe now?

Yes. With the exception of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Russia, travel to almost all European countries such as Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria remains unaffected.

Can I travel within Europe now?

You can travel within Europe, yes. Authorities strongly recommend not visiting Ukraine, Russia or Belarus, nor traveling through those territories (along with Moldova). Both Ukraine and Moldova have halted all incoming and outgoing flights, and for Russia and Belarus flights are severely limited, but otherwise travel around the continent remains without issue.

Can I travel to countries bordering Ukraine?

Travel to Poland is unaffected, but visitors are advised to book accommodation in advance as parts of the hotel infrastructure may be earmarked for those escaping the conflict.

Hungary is open to visitors, and remains safe; Slovakia is the same. Romania is similar to Poland, with visitors advised to book accommodation before they travel.

The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are similarly unaffected with regards to travel, although Lithuania has declared a state of emergency, while Latvia and Estonia have deployed extra troops to their borders with Belarus and Russia.

My flight route is over Ukrainian airspace. Will it be rerouted?

Yes. If your flight is supposed to pass through airspace that’s now closed, the airline will reroute it. Flight changes and reroutes through open airspace may mean a longer journey.

As always with aviation, safety is the number one priority, so the International Air Transport Association (IATA) works with airlines, governments, airports and non-government sources to plan operations that won’t enter closed airspace.

IATA and EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, constantly assess all air traffic situations and take informed and immediate action to reduce any safety risks.

Kiwi.com is always informed of any changes in schedule, and will communicate these to you as soon as we know about them. If you still have questions, our CS agents are always on hand to help you out.

How long will travel be affected?

At the moment it’s impossible to say, as the situation is changing all the time and it’s unclear how long airspace over Ukraine and Moldova will be closed, or when flights in and out of Russia will resume.

Don’t forget to check the relevant COVID-19 guidelines, when choosing the destination country as well. If you have questions, particularly regarding a Kiwi.com booking affected by the crisis in Ukraine, you can find more relevant information here.