More than 600 Russians cannot return to Russia from Japan due to limited air traffic between the countries due to the situation with coronavirus infection. This is reported by the Russian Embassy in this country.
“The Embassy continues to make every effort to assist our citizens (their number currently stands at 637) who are forced to stay in Japan due to restrictions on air traffic due to the spread of coronavirus, and are in a difficult life situation,” the Ministry said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, April 7.
It is noted that the Embassy informs Russians about outbound flights, as well as helps with accommodation, food and basic necessities.
The day before, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he had begun preparations to declare a state of emergency due to the coronavirus.
The restrictive measures will affect the capital region, as well as the prefectures of Osaka, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka. The emergency mode is expected to last until may 6.
Due to the spread of the infection, Japan announced a ban on entry to its territory for foreigners from the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe.
In turn, Russia on March 30 completely closed the land state border, and on March 27 stopped air traffic with all countries. With the exception of steel export routes for Russians.
On April 4, the Federal air transport Agency suspended permits for export flights, and the government ordered to provide financial support to Russians who found themselves abroad.
On April 6, it became known about the resumption of export flights. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin stressed that Moscow does not refuse to export its citizens from other countries, but asks them to take a responsible approach to requests for flights.