Get out: Canadian government says get out of Russia

Aeroflot passenger planes are parked at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The Canadian government says travel to Russia should be avoided. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Pavel Golovkin

OTTAWA – The Canadian government has updated its advice for anyone planning to travel to Russia.

A new message on the government’s website says all travel to Russia should be avoided and that any Canadians already there “should leave while commercial means are still available.”

The message says the advisory is “due to the impacts of the armed conflict with Ukraine, including limited flight options and restrictions on financial transactions.”

Visa said it was working to end all of its transactions in Russia over the next few days due to the dispute.

Once this is done, the company says in a statement that Visa cards issued in Russia will not work outside the country and cards issued by banks outside Russia will no longer work inside the Federation. from Russia.

Mastercard said in a statement that it has also decided to suspend its network services in Russia.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 5, 2022.