From today (March 18) until May 1, the Russian government has banned foreign nationals from entering the country, as the nation’s authorities continue to impose embargoes and restrictions on air connections in the wake of the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
From March 20, Russia is imposing these restrictions on air connections with the USA, Great Britain and the UAE, according to a decision announced by Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin which was publicised today on the official government website.
Specifically excluded from the general ban are scheduled flights between Moscow and London, New York and Abu Dhabi and also exempt are charter services for citizens of those countries returning to their respective countries, as well as for the return of Russian citizens to Russia.
As with the previously introduced restrictions on air connections with China, South Korea and European countries, all permitted flights are from and to Sheremetyevo’s terminal F, the main Moscow base of Russia’s state-run national carrier Aeroflot.
Russia’s aviation authority Rosaviatsiya has been instructed to provide all details regarding the temporary restrictions to all airlines that operate flights to Russia.
As of today, 114 cases of Coronavirus across 26 regions have been reported to the emergency response group in Russia. Restricting air connections is one of the measures taken by Russia along with other countries to mitigate the spread of the virus.
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