New travel advisory for Ukraine issued by India

Air India flight to Ukraine returns mid-way

With the start of attacks in Ukraine by Russia, the airspace in the region has completely shut down. After Ukraine shut down its airspace amidst the ongoing conflict, an Air India flight bound for Kyiv had to return halfway in the early hours of February 24. The flight by Air India was unable to complete the journey, although it had already entered Iran’s airspace when it had to make its way back to India mid-way.

Indian nationals, especially students residing in Ukraine, were advised to temporarily leave the country by the Indian Embassy. Moreover, a detailed travel advisory has yet to be received from the concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, passengers and staff from the Kyiv airport have been evacuated by Ukraine. A warning against flying in the bordering areas of Russia and Belarus was issued by the European Union. Also, the city of Kyiv is the Ukrainian capital.

Earlier, a notice was issued by Russia to airmen against civilian traffic in northeastern Ukraine. Following up on this notice, Ukraine closed its airspace.

The Indian Embassy in Kyiv has issued a warning when intense explosions can be heard in various Ukrainian cities. They asked the people traveling towards the capital city to return to their cities. They requested that they move towards safer western bordering countries. Ukraine has already applied martial law in the country, which means that the country has banned meetings, movements, and political parties.

The Air India repatriation flight that carried 182 Indians on board safely landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

About 240 Indians were flown back from Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv earlier on Tuesday. For February 24 and February 26, two more flights were scheduled but are canceled for now.

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