Experts warn against travel to Europe amid Ukraine crisis

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Many people have dreamed of taking a vacation to admire the majestic spiers of St. Basil’s Cathedral or view an original Picasso at the Hermitage Museum.

Unfortunately, some of these experiences were cut short due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

It has been a stressful two days for Michigan State University professor Andrei Simonov and his family. Her daughter was visiting Moscow when the invasion of Ukraine began. She was able to fly to Turkey before several countries banned flights to or from Russia.

“It so happened that my daughter was actually flying from Moscow to Istanbul,” Simonov said. “She had to go around Poland, the Czech Republic, then Romania. Now she is in Istanbul and she has been stuck there for two days. Hey! I’m actually a little jealous. It’s a good place to be stuck for two days.

“If the scope of this conflict expands, then, of course, the global tourism industry is going to be affected,” said Dr. Ahmet Kirca, MSU Director of the CIBER International Business Center.

Kirca is originally from Turkey and has worked in the tourism industry for over a decade. He said people planning holidays in Europe should pay close attention to news before boarding a plane as there is a lot of uncertainty about the extent of the conflict.

“Things could change in two days or three days,” Kirca said. “Keep an eye on the news and be sure to follow developments. Especially if you go to Eastern Europe — if you go to Finland, if you go to Romania, if you go to the Balkans.

On Friday evening, the United Kingdom, Poland and the Czech Republic introduced travel restrictions to Russia.

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