People remain hesitant to travel to most countries in Europe, especially Eastern Europe due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But are these concerns justified?
After the invasion, the US Embassy in Ukraine advised Americans to leave immediately, and the US Department of State issued a Level 4 travel authorization Warning to Russia, citing Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian forces in Ukraine”.
On the same day, the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) warned airlines against flying over Ukraine, Moldova and parts of Belarus and Russia.
In the days that followed, airspace bans and sanctions in Europe were tightened, and Russia fought back, imposing flight bans on 36 European countries and their allies.
According to a recent search led by tour operator MMGYGlobal, the conflict in Ukraine is now the most significant issue preventing Americans from visiting Europe.
- “62% of US travelers cited concerns about the war in Ukraine spreading to nearby countries as a factor affecting travel plans to Europe, which is double the number (31%) who cited health and safety concerns. of COVID-19 as a factor.
- 47% of travelers want to wait and see how the situation in Ukraine evolves before making plans to visit Europe this year.
- 50% of respondents said they were concerned about potential flight, train and cruise delays and cancellations, as well as the potential for border closures.”
After more than a month of invasion, there is no reason to believe that it is dangerous to travel to any country except Ukraine in Europe.
There are, however, some flight and border disruptions. Poland, for example, does not allow American or other visitors from the Belarusian land border to enter the country. Anyway, perfectly reasonable.
Meanwhile, the government of Moldova partially reopened its aerospace on March 21, 2022, to allow flights to and from Chisinau International Airport via a corridor to Romania. It had been closed since the beginning of the invasion.
In addition, there were no other major outages recorded across Europe.
Instead, continuing to travel to Europe appears to be a way to support hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who have been welcomed in most EU countries and are in need of jobs in hospitality and other sectors.