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US State Department Travel Advisory: Leave Russia Immediately

The US State Department issued a travel advisory on February 13, 2023 that told American travelers to leave Russia immediately. The country is already under an official “Do Not Travel” warning. The Department frequently issues such alerts during uprisings or other events that could pose a danger to American citizens. On February 7th, Russian Foreign Minister handed the US a note that demanded the US stop interfering in Russian affairs and threatened to expel US citizens for engaging in “subversive activities.” That happened on Feb 8.


In September of last year, the State Department warned Americans with dual citizenship to get out if they wanted to avoid the draft of troops to fight in Ukraine. (New York Post). This time it is more than dual citizens… it is all diplomats.

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The State Department travel advisory:

Do not travel to Russia due to the unpredictable consequences of the unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment and the singling out of U.S. citizens for detention by Russian government security officials, the arbitrary enforcement of local lawlimited flights into and out of Russia, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, and the possibility of terrorismU.S. citizens residing or travelling in Russia should depart immediately. Exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detentions.

The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Russia is severely limited, particularly in areas far from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, due to Russian government limitations on travel for embassy personnel and staffing, and the ongoing suspension of operations, including consular services, at U.S. consulates.

In September, the Russian government mobilized citizens to the armed forces in support of its invasion of Ukraine.   Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, subject them to mobilization, prevent their departure from Russia, and/or conscript them.    

U.S. citizens should note that U.S. credit and debit cards no longer work in Russia, and options to electronically transfer funds from the United States are extremely limited due to sanctions imposed on Russian banks. There are reports of cash shortages within Russia.

Commercial flight options are extremely limited and are often unavailable on short notice. If you wish to depart Russia, you should make independent arrangements as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy has severe limitations on its ability to assist U.S. citizens to depart the country and transportation options may suddenly become even more limited. Click here for Information for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Depart Russia. Excerpt from State Department travel advisory

The State Department noted that Freedom of Assembly and Speech are not consistent in Russia and could pose a danger of arrest by authorities.

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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