Russia will officially be reopening its borders for international tourism beginning on July 15th according to a new government decree.
Russia will no longer require foreigners to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international tourism.
Those arriving in Russia will need to present English or Russian-language proof that they have tested negative for the coronavirus in the past 72 hours to be allowed entry.
Interfax has published a list of thirteen countries with which Russia could resume flights in the near future. In addition to China and Vietnam, the list includes seven European countries – such as Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy.
The Czech Republic is not mentioned in the list, yet. However, Aeroflot and its subsidiary Rossija have been offering two-way flights between Prague and Moscow since August 1.
According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Golikova, the government will evaluate the epidemiological situation in individual countries every two weeks. The main criterion will be the number of infected: it should not exceed 40 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The average daily increase in the number of people infected and the rate of spread of the disease in such states should not exceed one percent.
According to Golikova, reopening of flight routes would be based on the principle of reciprocity, ie to countries that already allow Russian citizens to enter (for example, Croatia).
Russia fully closed air service with other countries, except flights to bring back Russian nationals, freight and mail carriage flights, at the end of March on the back of the coronavirus pandemic. Regular and charter international flights have been fully suspended since March 27.
The epidemiological situation in Russia is gradually improving.
Russia confirmed 6,422 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 746,369. Over the past 24 hours, 156 people have died, bringing the total toll to 11,770 — a rate considerably lower than in many other countries hit hard by the pandemic.
A total of 10,424 people recovered over the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 523,249.
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A total of 17 airlines have already announced their intention to resume direct flights from Prague Airport.
Specifically, 55 destinations have been listed, ten of which are already in operation. This week, direct flights to seven other destinations will be resumed, namely to Belgrade, Brussels, Budapest, Košice, Keflavik, Manchester and Munich.
Thanks to intensive negotiations between Prague Airport and airlines, the list of destinations could expand further in the coming weeks.
“Thanks to our intensive negotiations with airlines, Prague Airport is gradually succeeding in resuming direct flights. At the moment we have confirmed a total of 55 destinations. Airlines are returning to their routes from Prague in line with the relaxation of traveling measures and, above all, in response to the demand for flying shown by passengers. It is this demand that will be key to the success of the resumed air connections in the coming weeks and months,” says Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors.
“Our main goal is to resume direct scheduled air connections to key destinations, which are major European cities used as important transfer hubs. These include, for example, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Vienna. In total, we have selected 45 such destinations and have received a confirmation of resumed flights already to 24 these destinations, which represent more than half of them,” Vaclav Rehor added.
Latvian airline airBaltic plans to resume direct flights from Prague to Riga on July 27 and the low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced a new direct scheduled connection between Prague and Varna.
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Many protective measures have been set up at Prague Airport in co-operation with public health authorities for several months. Departures and arrivals take place under strict hygienic conditions, which are to ensure the health and safety of passengers.
All passengers and visitors must wear face masks in all areas of the airport, keep a safe distance from other people, wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, and use hand sanitizers.
Here you can find the list of updated routes
Karlštejn is a majestic Gothic castle, strategically placed on a hill overlooking some of the beautiful forests. It has an exceptional position among Czech castles. It was founded 1348 by the Czech king and Roman Emperor Charles IV. as a private residence and a safe place for the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. In a Chapel of the Holy Cross can be found a world unique paint collection of Master Theodoric, the court painter of Charles IV.
Nowadays, it is the most visited castle in the Czech Republic, for its beauty, fairy tale look, and rich history. It can be also easily reached from Prague by train in only 40 minutes.
As a visitor you may choose from 3 different guided tours:
- The private and representative rooms of Emperor Charles IV (Basic tour)
- The sacred rooms of the castle with the chapel of the Holy Cross (Exclusive tour)
- The Great Tower View
If you choose the 2nd option, you will have a chance to visit the spiritual heart of the castle: the chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower. You might know the legend that women were not allowed to enter the castle, but it is not completely true. They were not allowed only to enter the floor of the Great Tower where the chapel is situated.
Some interesting facts from history
- Replica of St. Wenceslas crown of Czech kings is still at the castle
- The largest collection of panel paintings by Master Theodoric can be found in the Chapel of Holy Cross.
- Chapel of Holy Cross was locked by 9 locks and protected by four thick iron-plated doors.
- Castle Well is 78 m deep and didn’t have its own spring, water was led there from the Budňany stream.
- By car: The best way to get to Karlštejn from Prague is taking the D5 motorway (you need a motorway sticker) and leave it at Exit 10 – Loděnice. Castle is well marked from there. You will pass Bubovice and Hlásná Třebáň on the way.
- By train: There is a train leaving from Prague every half an hour. You can get on the train at Prague Main Station(Praha Hlavní nádraží, Metro red line C) or at Praha-Smíchov (Smíchovské Nádraží, Yellow Metro line B). The journey takes 40 minutes and bicycle transport is supported at these trains.
Not only the castle but also the surrounding area is worth visiting. There are beautiful quarries called Velká and Malá Amerika, which can be reached by a nice walk from Karlštejn. The area is also beautiful for cycling and big bike fans can take a cycling path from Prague by Vltava and later Berounka river.
You can read more about Karlštejn Castle here.