- According to the advisory, those in Russia are also advised to leave while commercial means are still available.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, Canada is advising its citizens to avoid all travel to Russia.
According to the advisory, those in Russia are also advised to leave while commercial means are still available.
According to the report, sanctions and “Russian retaliation” may impact the availability of critical services.
The advisory warns that “flight availability is becoming extremely limited.”
Aeroflot, Russia’s flag carrier as well as largest airline, has announced that all international flights will be suspended beginning Tuesday, except flights to Belarus. All Russian airlines with foreign-leased planes should suspend both passenger and cargo flights abroad, according to Russia’s aviation agency, Rosaviatsiya.
In addition to limiting flights, Russia is restricting free speech about the invasion of Ukraine.
On March 4, the country passed a new law aimed at journalists who, according to the Kremlin, publish “fake news.” Journalists who are found to be breaking the law could face a 15-year prison sentence.
According to Canada, people may be detained for sharing or publishing data that local authorities deem false, may be harmful to Russia’s army, or are in support of sanctions against Russia.
Due to the new law, the CBC, BBC, CNN, and Bloomberg stopped reporting from Russia.
According to the travel advisory, Canadians in Russia are advised not to “discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” share or publish information about it, or participate in demonstrations or large gatherings.
“Security conditions are unpredictably unstable and may deteriorate at any time,” the advisory warns.
“Our Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in Russia may be severely hampered.”
According to the advisory, those who stay may find themselves in Russia for longer than expected, face shortages of essential goods and services, and be unable to use bank cards to make payments or withdraw funds.
It states that Canadians should not rely on the Canadian government to leave Russia.
It also recommends that those in Russia follow local authorities’ instructions, have a supply of cash and medicine on hand, have up-to-date travel documents, and register their contact information with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.
On Saturday, the US updated its travel advisory for Russia to “do not travel.”
Source: Global News
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