Is Russia safe for British travellers? Warning for World Cup 2018 after UK poison attackOn March 13, 2018 by Margot
Russia will be welcoming a number of international tourists this year as it hosts the World Cup 2018 from 14 June to 15 July.
However, a recent poison attack in the UK could put Britons heading to the country to watch the football at risk.
Former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, 66 and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found on a bench in Salisbury after a nerve gas attack, with a British police officer also caught up in the attack.
Whilst they remain in a stable condition in hospital, Theresa May has confirmed that it was “highly likely” that Moscow was behind the attack, raising concerns regarding the tensions between the UK and Russia.
Is Russia still safe for British travellers this year? Current travel advice and update explained.
Tom Tugendhat, who chairs the foreign affairs select committee commented on BBC Radio 4: “We do need to be very, very careful for British fans who are travelling there that they are not in any way caught up in the politics of this.
“And, I’m afraid the danger of Russia responding to British fans for actions taken by their government is all too real.”
He warned that the attack looked like it was a “state-sponsored attempted murder”.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has yet to update the travel warning in light of the attack on British soil.
Current travel warnings in place for Russia include destinations near the border of Ukraine, as well as regions in the south of the country bordering Georgia and Azerbaijan.
However, it also reassures travellers that of the 150,000 British tourists per year, many have a trouble-free holiday.
They currently have a travel section for the World Cup titled ‘Be on the Ball,” including visas, healthcare and security.
The Russian Embassy has warned the UK that it plays “a very dangerous game”.
In a statement, it advised: “Current policy of the UK Government towards Russia is a very dangerous game played with the British public opinion, which not only sends the investigation upon an unhelpful political track but also bears the risk of more serious long-term consequences for our relations.”
“This is important to us since his issue has become quite a negative factor for the relations between our countries due to the unfounded accusations against Russia advanced by the media.”