In July, Russians will most likely not have the opportunity for air travel to Turkey and other countries of near and far abroad. The ban on international air traffic has been extended, but experts do not exclude that there are chances to fly abroad earlier, if the epidemiological situation normalizes.
The Federal Air Transport Agency extended the ban on foreign flights until August 1. “This is a technical solution. It was expected. Air carriers and airports receive such a telephone message from the regulator every month, starting from the moment the borders were closed,” experts say.
The fact that the Russian border will remain “locked” at least until August 1 is also confirmed by the actions of foreign carriers. So, Belavia Airline extended the suspension of flights to Russia until July 31 inclusive.
According to experts, the delay in restarting flights to neighboring countries may also delay the opening of flights to far abroad - Turkey, Europe and other countries of the world. Moreover, the EU has not officially opened the border for Russian citizens since July 1.
Brussels promised to review the list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter EU every 15 days. Thus, the “window to Europe” for Russians could theoretically be opened on July 15, August 1 or 15, or in September.
The Russian Foreign Ministry hopes that the EU’s decision not to include Russia in the list of countries whose citizens are allowed to enter the European Union can be reviewed on July 15 (taking into account the epidemiological indicators).