The Russian Federation restricts regular and charter flights with Turkey from April 15 to June 1 to prevent the import of a new coronavirus infection. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova announced this at a briefing at the Government House on Monday.
“We have made a decision to restrict regular and charter flights from Russian international airports to the airports of the Republic of Turkey and in the opposite direction from April 15 this year to June 1 this year. construction of a nuclear power plant <…>, the removal of Russian citizens on vacation in the Republic of Turkey, as well as maintaining on a reciprocal basis two flights a week: Moscow – Istanbul, Istanbul – Moscow, “Golikova said.
In addition, flights between Russia and Tanzania will be suspended from April 15 to June 1. “Based on the analysis of epidemiological data, we have decided to suspend flights with the United Republic of Tanzania <…> from April 15 to June 1,” prime minister.
Air traffic with Tanzania and Turkey will be resumed if the situation with the coronavirus in these countries stabilizes. “I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we will closely monitor the situation. And if the situation in the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Tanzania stabilizes, we will promptly inform our citizens so that they can buy tours to these states,” Golikova said.
In addition, tour operators are also advised to suspend the sale of tickets to Turkey from the territory of the Russian Federation for this period. Golikova explained that this decision was made to save the lives of Russians, as well as to maintain a stable situation with the coronavirus in the country. “The operational headquarters constantly monitors the spread of infection in countries with which air traffic is open, and on the basis of this analysis, the operational headquarters decides on the advisability of such an opening or restriction of aviation traffic in the event of a worsening epidemiological situation,” she added.
Those who have bought tours to Turkey and Tanzania are advised to change the direction or dates. “For tourists who have bought a voucher with a departure before June 1, we recommend, upon agreement with the tour operators, to change the direction of the holiday without changing the dates of the trip, or, if possible, to postpone the travel dates to later and more convenient dates,” she said, answering a question about actions of citizens who have already purchased tours with departure before the deadline. Golikova noted that Russians who bought vouchers with a departure after June 1 will be promptly notified of the situation with the spread of coronavirus. “If it changes for the better, we will promptly inform in order to be able to confirm the plans that our citizens had,” added the Deputy Prime Minister.
Turkey was one of the first countries with which Russia resumed air traffic. It was renewed on August 1, 2020. At the moment, eight Russian airlines operate regular flights to Turkey: Aeroflot, Pobeda, Rossiya, S7, Nordwind, as well as Utair (the only carrier flying not from Moscow and St. Petersburg, but from Grozny), Azur Air and Ural Airlines.