The pandemic has now began to ease and many countries are opening their borders to each other. Recently the Russians plans to restart flights internationally to Britain, Turkey and Tanzania from August 1.
Russia Unlocks Borders
However, the pandemic has had its toll on many countries. The travel bans were an essential measure to contain the outbreak of the pandemic. Consequently, Russia also took the same measures in late March. Russia had grounded nearly all of its international flights. Only a few evacuation flights were operational, along with the government authorized flights.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that starting Aug. 1, international flights will be able to operate from airports in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don.
Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Russians will be able to travel to and from Britain, Turkey, and Tanzania starting Aug. 1.
Russians to undergo COVID-19 Testing
Golikova said foreigners arriving in Russia will need to present negative coronavirus test results taken within the past 72 hours prior to entry.
Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich mentioned that the Russian government is in talks with many other countries on resuming flights.
Russia has not yet reopened its borders to all foreigners. The policy at the moment is only to begin exit flights as an initial measure.
However, the Russian government is treating this opportunity as a fair measure to reciprocity. Countries accepting Russian citizens will be able to land flights in Russian as well.
Russia has reported airports by sending letters stating that the ban on flights is extended till Aug 1 due to the developing situation of coronavirus.
Russian citizens most favorite destination is Turkey. Russians have topped the list and accounted for 15.6%, or 7 million, of all arrivals in Turkey in 2019. Russians are interested in flights to Istanbul, Antalya, Dalaman, Izmir, and Bodrum, although there are no direct flights to these Turkish destinations yet. Their top travel destination was the resort city of Antalya on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coastline. The city hosted more than 5.5 million Russians last year, accounting for 35% of the total tourists visiting the city.
However, the world has changed a lot due to the pandemic. Many positive changes are seen in the last few months, the pandemic has been contained to great extent and the world is now coming back to its own normal. However, travel still remains an evident factor in spreading pandemic. Travelers must take all precautions and travel only if it is essential.