The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) sent a telegram to airports and airlines, which said the extension of the ban on entry of foreign citizens into Russia.
“Until 23:59 local time, 07/31/2020 there is a temporary restriction on the entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons,” the telegram quoted by RBC quotes.
Such telegrams are issued every month after March 27, when the government suspended international scheduled and charter flights due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus infection. Thus, it is not only a restriction on entry into Russia, but also on exit to foreign countries. According to the interlocutor of RBC, in the event of the opening of international traffic to the airlines and airports, a corresponding new telegram will be sent.
"The restrictions on the import of foreign citizens are valid until July 31, inclusive. This is not connected with the restrictions on the export of citizens of the Russian Federation from the country: persons with dual citizenship, a residence permit, and also for special categories of visas for treatment and work can leave the country in June" - said the representative of S7. For other Russian citizens, exit restrictions still apply.
Earlier, the Federal Air Transport Agency proposed to Rospotrebnadzor, which regulates the removal of restrictions related to coronavirus, to partially open international flights, starting from the CIS countries and depending on the epidemiological situation in specific countries. But so far, no corresponding approval has been received.
Then it was reported that open flights to Europe would be much more logical, including because the incidence in European countries today fell to several dozen people a day. However, the EU countries are not ready to accept visitors from Russia, the USA and Brazil precisely because of the difficult epidemiological situation in these countries. According to experts, Russia continues to be one of the world leaders in the number of patients with coronavirus, and international communication with it may be closed until the end of summer or even for a longer period.
Meanwhile, Vedomosti learned that at least since the beginning of June Aeroflot has been flying from Moscow to Frankfurt, Paris, London, New York, Seoul and Tel Aviv, Nice, Barcelona and Rome. These flights are registered as cargo, but tickets with the permission of the Federal Air Transport Agency sell them at times more expensive than flights of a similar duration in Russia. Demand for them is very high, even despite the fact that only their citizens and people with a residence permit are allowed into the EU.