MOSCOW, November 9. / TASS /. Since Tuesday, Russia formally resumes flights with Thailand, Tunisia, the Bahamas, Iran, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Slovenia and Sweden. The corresponding decision was made in mid-October by the operational headquarters to combat the new coronavirus infection. Air traffic with these countries was suspended in 2020 amid the pandemic.
At the same time, the entry of tourists is currently closed to Iran, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Thailand, Tunisia, Bahamas and Slovenia are the most attractive for tourists. Russian travelers inoculated with Sputnik V to Thailand and Slovenia. Russian airlines are planning to launch flights to Thailand: for example, such plans were announced by S7, which in mid-November will begin flights to Phuket from Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Vladivostok, as well as a number of regions to Bangkok. Azur Air also announced its readiness to launch flights, and Aeroflot has already performed its first flight to Phuket. Officials have not yet announced plans to open flights to the rest. Thus, travelers will have to reach their destination with at least one connection.
Moreover, it looks the most comfortable for Russians to visit at the moment. Russians vaccinated with “Sputnik V” can arrive in Phuket from 1 on without isolation, but with the obligatory stay within the island during the nights. From November 1, they can visit Bangkok and Pattaya under the same conditions. Also, when entering the country, you must provide a PCR test.
To enter Tunisia, you will have to go through a seven-day quarantine in one of the country’s hotels, but this rule does not apply to organized tourists who have undergone a full course of vaccination, including Sputnik V. Also, there is no requirement for mandatory quarantine in the Bahamas. When entering Ljubljana, travelers will have to go through a 10-day quarantine, but this rule does not work for the Sputnik V vaccination (at least 14 days must elapse from the moment the second dose of the vaccine is administered). However, since November 8, restrictive measures will be tightened in the capital of Slovenia: from Monday, temporarily closed nightclubs and restaurants will serve visitors until 22:00 local time.
According to the decision of the headquarters, the restrictions on flights to Austria, Hungary, and the United Arab Emirates were also completely lifted from Tuesday. Quotas remain at the level of agreements between governments, but without any relation to pandemic restrictions. Quotas have also been extended for flights between Russia and Albania, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Maldives, Macedonia and France.
At present, Russia has resumed flights from 62 countries. At the same time, the suspension of flights with Tanzania was extended until November 1 due to the epidemiological situation in the country.