Russia lifts restrictions for travel to and from India

Russia lifts restrictions for travel to and from India

Russia has lifted restrictions on air travel to and from India. In an order signed by Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, the Russian government has announced the lifting of travel restrictions on entry imposed due to the spread of coronavirus, for citizens and residence permit holders of India, Finland, Qatar, and Vietnam.

The order further states that citizens of these countries and those who have a residence permit there are allowed to enter Russia through air checkpoints. The Russians, in turn, can also fly to any of these countries. Air travel between India and Russia will initially commence with twice-weekly flights between Delhi and Moscow.

Earlier, taking into account the epidemiological situation in individual countries, the operational headquarters had made a decision to resume international flights from January 27, 2021, with these countries on a reciprocal basis.

“While the Russian government has announced the lifting of a travel restriction for Indians wishing to travel to Russia, we are awaiting details and statements from the Indian Government regarding this development. There is also a good level of interest from Indian and Russian travel companies for our respective destinations. Overall lifting of restrictions is good news for both countries. The numbers of Covid cases dropping in India and Russia and availability of vaccines, is indeed good news for the travel and business community of our two nations,” said Paresh Navani, Partner, Russian Information Center.

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency had announced recently that airlines can resume twice-weekly services from Moscow to the cities of Delhi, Hanoi, and Helsinki as well as three-time weekly services to Doha from January 27 onwards. Twice weekly air services from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki had also been approved.

Taking into account the epidemiological situation in individual countries, Russia decided to open commercial air operations to India, Vietnam, Qatar, and Finland on a reciprocal basis. The decision was arrived at after the four countries reported less than 40 new cases of coronavirus infection per fortnight per 100,000 population.

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