The company stated on its official website: “If you have a valid visa to enter the UK, along with your Ukrainian passport, please speak to a member of the Eurostar team at Paris Nord, Brussels-Midi, Lille Europe or Amsterdam Central stations, and they will issue a ticket for travel to London.”
Eurostar to offer free travel to Ukrainians with a UK visa.
It also announced such news on its Twitter: “If you are a Ukrainian national travelling to the UK with a valid visa, we can offer a free Eurostar ticket to London.”
This means any Ukrainian with an eligible UK visa can enter the country via the English Channel without having to purchase a ticket. Any Ukrainians trying to flee from Russia's savage assault on Ukraine will be able to collect a free ticket from any Eurostar station to London St. Pancras International.
Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA), had high praise for the decision: “Our union warmly welcomes Eurostar’s offer of free travel for Ukrainian nationals heading to Britain and we praise the company for this practical act of support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”
“Our members working at Eurostar are proud of their employer’s approach and will support Ukrainian passengers in their time of need,” he added.
Since the war broke out in Ukraine, it was reported by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, that half a million people have been pushed out of their home country. With the situation getting worse second by second, this country with 43 millions citizens will have to be ready for more people to exit the country.
It’s thankful that Eurostar isn’t the only transportation company to do the benevolent act. State rail operators in several European countries such as Poland, Germany and France have also joined in on the great deed.
Dutch railway company NS announced that it’d offer free travel to Ukrainians. Deutsche Bahn, Germany's railway national and largest train operator in Europe, alongside French-Belgian high speed operator Thalys, have also offered the same thing to Ukrainians.
Low-cost Hungarian airline Wizz Air is also offering 100,000 free seats on flights in Europe departing from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia or Romania in March.