Russian tourists cannot yet be able to go abroad through Belarus
According to the forecast of the Ambassador of Belarus to Russia Vladimir Semashko, the border between the countries can be opened only in late July - early August. The Belarusian airline Belavia’s decision to extend the suspension of flights to Russia until July 31 meets these forecasts. Until this date, Russians (who do not have a residence permit in the Republic) will not be able to go to foreign resorts via a neighboring state.
The relevant information is posted on the Belavia’s page. “The company is forced to extend the suspension of regular flights until July 31 inclusive to all cities of Russia, as well as to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan,” the statement said.
Turkey resumed flights to Belarus on July 1. Earlier, on June 12, a charter program was launched to Albania. However, most Russians still have no opportunity to legally use the “Minsk corridor” for traveling abroad due to the restrictions on border between Russia and Belarus. An exception is the holders of a residence permit in Belarus, as well as citizens traveling with the purpose of study and treatment. In addition, there is no official decision from the Turkish authorities on the readiness to receive Russian tourists. So far, only those who have a residence permit in the country can come to Turkey.
“Currently, Russia has a ban on international flights, with the exception of special flights (including cargo ones). The dates of the restoration of international air traffic are not defined. And the decision of Belavia is another confirmation of this,” said an expert from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency.
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.