Russia plans to resume some international flights from August. 1, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Friday, but the list of destinations will initially be limited to Tanzania, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
International flights were grounded on March 30 after the imposition of lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 800,000 people in Russia.
Specifically, she said flights would resume to and from London, Turkish cities Istanbul and Ankara and the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania from August. 1. More holiday destinations in Turkey would be added from August. 10, Golikova added.
“Foreigners arriving in Russia will need to present negative coronavirus test results taken within the past 72 hours to be allowed entry,” she added.
Russia has not yet reopened its borders to all foreigners.
Speaking on state television, she added that authorities were working on a list of more countries where air travel could be resumed on a mutual basis.
Russia grounded nearly all international flights in late March to slow the coronavirus outbreak, allowing only special flights evacuating Russians from abroad and other flights authorized by the government.
Russia confirmed 5,811 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 800,849.
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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
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that foreign tourists will be allowed to enter the country starting in July.
It came as welcome news for his country’s battered tourism industry which makes up 12 per cent of Spain’s GDP.
“As you know, Spain receives more than 80 million visitors a year. I am announcing that from July, Spain will reopen for foreign tourism in conditions of safety. Foreign tourists can also start planning their holidays in our country. Spain needs tourism, and tourism needs safety in both origin and destination. We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks, nor will they bring any risk to our country,” Sanchez said.
“The hardest part is over. We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel,” said Sánchez, adding that “the response of the Spanish people has been formidable.”
However, for anyone arriving in Spain, the currently imposed two-week quarantine has been criticized for hampering the tourism sector.
“We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks and they will not bring us any risks,” Sánchez said.
The Spanish football league will also resume business, starting behind closed doors from June 8. In July it may open to the public if conditions allow.
Meanwhile, far-right demonstrators who support the Vox party took to the streets of Madrid to protest lockdown restrictions.
Several thousand people gathered Saturday in their cars and on motorbikes in the city center.
“I’m here to ask this government to end it because they are leading us to ruin. As a worker I think they are managing things very badly. Sanchez go home,” one demonstrator said.
It comes after Spain’s parliament allowed Sanchez to extend the state of emergency by 14 days, giving him the authority to restrict people’s movements.
To date, 28,628 people in Spain have died of coronavirus and 234,824 have been infected. The health crisis has also made socioeconomic problems worse. Unemployment rose by 300,000 in March and almost 283,000 in April.