Japan Warns Against All Travel to Russia

Japan raised its travel alert for Russia to its second-highest level on Monday, as additional sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine have left far fewer flights available and have begun seriously disrupting the local economy and citizens’ lives.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry raised its risk warning to Level 3 on its four-point scale after European countries and the United States closed off their airspace to Russian flights. 

In retaliation, Russia shut its airspace leaving limited means to fly to and from Russia.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno urged the 2,400 Japanese nationals who are still in Russia as of Sunday, to consider leaving the country using commercial flights still available.

“The impact of economic sanctions on people staying in Russia is expected to become stronger, and various tense situations will arise,” the ministry added.

On Thursday, Tokyo raised its travel advisory for most of Russia to the third-highest Level 2 from Level 1, and Level 3 for Belarus. 

The ministry hiked the advisory to the highest Level 4 for areas along Ukraine’s borders with Russia and Belarus, urging all Japanese nationals to evacuate and not travel there, citing “the possibility of military conflicts.”

The whole of Ukraine has been under a Level 4 warning since mid-February, following Russia’s military buildup along its borders with the country ahead of its invasion.

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