On Friday, June 21, Putin forbade Russian airlines to fly to Georgia, and ordered the government to return tourists to Russia. The Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning Russian airlines to transport passengers from Russia to Georgia. Restrictions will take effect on July 8. Information about this is published on the official website of the Kremlin. In particular, the flights between countries should be suspended by such companies as S7, Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, Pobeda, Red Wings and Nordavia.
Thus, the order of the President of the Russian Federation, in fact, imposes a veto on selling of tours to Georgia and gives the right to tourists, who have already purchased tours, to refuse to travel with full refund of its cost. It can be assumed that the obligation to return organized tourists to their homeland before July 8 will be assigned to tour operators, which arrange tour packages to Georgia.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.