Ukraine travel advice impacts travel agency El Paso

ByRochelle W. Stone

Feb 10, 2022

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The US State Department says in a new recommendations for travelers Americans should not travel to Ukraine and those in the country should leave.

Additionally, President Joe Biden has said Americans in Ukraine should leave the country. in an interview with Lester Holt.

“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We are dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things could get crazy fast,” Biden said during the interview with Holt.

The manager of an El Paso Travel company says they are not booking trips to Russia and Ukraine and have not been for a while.

“Russia and Ukraine are going to be totally selling out to the public, especially Ukraine right now,” said Sara Williams, director of Buck Rogers Travel.

Williams says before the pandemic, she had El Pasoans booking trips to those areas.

“There are cruises as well as sightseeing,” Williams said. “We had quite a few people interested in visiting this area so it really wasn’t a problem then, but this time it’s a problem.”

KTSM 9 News reached out to New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso to ask about students who might study abroad in Ukraine or Russia.

NMSU says they have no students studying in either country.

“NMSU does not currently offer study abroad programs in Russia or Ukraine,” said NMSU spokeswoman Minerva Baumann.

UTEP told KTSM it is investigating whether or not students are in those countries.

Regarding the travel advisory, the US State Department is warning Americans who remain in Ukraine to exercise extra caution and say that the United States will not be able to evacuate them.

“US citizens in Ukraine should be aware that the US government will not be able to evacuate US citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine,” the newspaper said. advisory readings.

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