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Russia to resume flights with 52 ‘friendly’ countries, Thailand likely among them


By Reuters, published by US News & World Report, and Naewna 

RUSSIA plans to end restrictions on flights to and from 52 countries after April 9, part of its plans to reduce measures taken to slow the spread of Covid-19, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Monday (Apr. 4).

Russia plans to resume flights to and from Argentina, South Africa and other “friendly countries”, Mishustin said, meaning those that have not joined the latest wave of Western sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special operation” to demilitarise its neighbour.

Naewna reported that the 52 countries likely includes Thailand.

Russia imposed broad travel restrictions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, many of which remain in force, but has gradually expanded the list of countries deemed safe for air travel.

The list of “unfriendly” countries includes the United States and Canada, the EU states, the UK (including Jersey, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar), Ukraine, Montenegro, Switzerland, Albania, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, North Macedonia, and also Japan, South Korea, Australia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan, Naewna reported.

Mishustin also said Russia would be lifting restrictions on travel across the land border between Russia and China.


Top: A passenger looks at a departures board at Sheremetyevo airport, after Russia closed its airspace to airlines from 36 countries in response to Ukraine-related sanctions targeting its aviation sector, in Moscow, Russia on February 28, 2022. File photo: Reuters/Stringer and published by US News & World Report

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