- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
This is the latest advice for those who are directly affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
UK nationals in Ukraine:
Any constituents in Ukraine should heed the travel advice issued by the FCDO here.
As of 25 February 2022, the current FCDO advice is that ‘all British nationals in Ukraine should leave immediately if is safe to do so’. Commercial routes out of the country have been severely disrupted, and, as of 24 February 2022 Ukraine’s airspace has closed to civilian aircraft.
The FCDO advises any UK national who feels they cannot leave safely to ‘stay indoors, away from windows, and remain alert to developments that would allow you to leave safely’.
The British Embassy office in Kyiv has temporarily relocated and Embassy staff are operating from the British Embassy office in Lviv. British nationals who remain in Ukraine and require assistance should call +380 44 490 3660 or +44 (0)1908 516666.
Non-UK nationals in Ukraine:
Family members and friends of British nationals who wish to travel to the UK should refer to Home Office advice found here.
As of 25 February 2022, the Home Office advises the Visa Application Centre in Lviv remains open for those eligible for a Family Migration visa and walk in appointments are still available.
Immediate family members of British nationals seeking assistance can also call +44 (0) 300 3032785 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Ukrainians in the UK:
The Home Office has agreed some temporary concessions to support Ukrainian nationals currently in the UK who are now unable to return when their existing visa expires.
These concessions will assist Ukrainian nationals in extending their stay in the UK without having to leave and re-apply from overseas. More details of this scheme can be found here.