From April 4, international flights for the export of Russian citizens to their homeland will be temporarily suspended. This was announced on Friday, April 3, by the government’s operation center for the fight against coronavirus.
“In order to maximize the protection of the health of our citizens and limit the new wave of imported cases of coronavirus infection on the territory of the Russian Federation, from 00:00 on April 4, 2020, international flights for the export of Russian citizens to their homeland will be temporarily suspended,” the statement said.
Citizens who are currently abroad and want to return to Russia will have to fill out a special form on the unified public services portal. It will be available at midnight on April 4.
Based on the received data, a new schedule for export to the territory of the Russian Federation will be formed. In addition, citizens who provided information about themselves will be provided with the necessary social assistance.
“The government of the Russian Federation has allocated 500 million rubles to the Ministry of foreign Affairs. These funds will be used to pay for their temporary stay on the territory of foreign countries,” the operation staff added.
Earlier in the day, Izvestia sources in the aviation industry reported that Russia intends to completely stop international air traffic, including export flights of citizens of the country from abroad.
A few days ago, the Russian government allocated 1.5 billion rubles from the Reserve Fund to reimburse air carriers.
According to the international Association of airports, Russian airlines carried 17% fewer people in the period from March 1 to 26 than in the same period in 2019.
Up-to-date information on the situation with coronavirus is available on the websites stopkoronavirus.RF and accessvsem.of the Russian Federation, and the hashtag #Myvote. Phone “a hot line”: 8 (800) 2000-112.