The security situation in most of Ukraine is stable but tensions remain extremely high in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts and there are frequent casualties due to armed operations in this area. Tensions are also high in Crimea.
Martial Law was introduced for a 30-day period from 26 November 2018 in the following regions of Ukraine: Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Kherson. During martial law, the military authorities are empowered to introduce special measures, including measures affecting travel in these regions. Irish citizens wishing to travel to these regions before the end of the year should inform themselves in advance about any such measures and should exercise caution when travelling in these regions. Other areas of Ukraine, including Kyiv, are not subject to martial law but specific advice applies to Crimea and Donbas.
We advise strongly against all travel to Crimea at this time, including transiting through the international airports at Simferopol and Sevastopol.
It is extremely difficult to provide consular assistance to Irish citizens in Crimea because Ireland does not recognise the purported Russian authorities who have exercised control in Crimea since its illegal annexation in 2014.
We advise strongly against all travel to Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts at this time. Tensions remain extremely high in these regions and there are frequent casualties due to armed operations.
Ukrainian law provides for criminal offences in relation to foreign nationals who enter "temporarily occupied territories", including Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk.
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With effect from 29 November 2018, foreigners will no longer be allowed to travel to Crimea from Ukraine.
Tensions remain high in Crimea, where Russian forces and pro-Russian groups have established full operational control. We advise against all travel to this region, and advise any Irish citizen in Crimea to consider leaving by commercial carrier while it is still possible to do so. In a deteriorating situation, we cannot guarantee that we will be in a position to offer consular assistance should you decide to remain there.
Ireland has no Embassy in Ukraine, and no Consulate in Crimea, so it is extremely unlikely that we’ll be able to provide any consular assistance to Irish citizens in Crimea.
We advise against all travel to the Eastern provinces of Ukraine as the security situation is dangerous and unpredictable.
If you are in Ukraine at present you should keep yourself fully informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media for information about possible safety or security risks and maintaining contact with your hotel or tour organiser. We advise you to exercise caution, remain vigilant and we strongly advise that you avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings, as even peaceful protests may turn violent.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Ukraine on the following numbers:
•Emergency services: 112
•Police (Militsia): 102
•Fire brigade: 101
•Ambulance/municipal first aid: 103
•Natural gas and fire emergency service: 104
EU DIRECTIVE ON CONSULAR PROTECTION
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
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- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:41:20 GMT