Coronavirus has divided a lot of processes into "before" and "after." This also affected the field of air travel, where before the pandemic you could buy tickets for the next flight in two clicks, and after that, you only have to cross your fingers in the hope of an early resumption of flights.
Now the world is still uncertain, but it is starting to quit quarantine. Some countries even declared their readiness to open their air borders for tourists in the near future.
In accordance with the quarantine exit plan, Ukrainians will be able to use the airlines from June 15.
However, as the Minister of Health Maxym Stepanov noted, after returning home you will have to be in self-isolation for 14 days.
“If you want to go to Belarus or the EU country by road, then you can do it. There are no restrictions today. If we are talking about air travel, then, according to the plan for quitting quarantine, which was approved by the government, it is restarted from June 15," said Stepanov.
According to Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krikliy, regular international flights will be restored with those countries that will give consent and will be ready to work with Ukrainians.
The chief sanitary doctor Viktor Lyashko also expressed a similar opinion, saying in an interview with Ukrainian Radio that the question of opening international air links with European countries will be resolved when they open their borders.
At the same time, according to Lyashko, domestic air traffic will resume along with public transport. This will happen according to the adaptive quarantine rules - if in both regions/cities the situation with the spread of coronavirus is taken under control.
“It will not be possible to restore, for example, the flights between Khmelnytsky and Chernivtsi if Chernivtsi does not meet the criteria specified in the Cabinet of Ministers resolution on a successful epidemiological situation,” the chief medical doctor noted.
According to the latest information, domestic air traffic may be resumed earlier than planned.
This is what Vladyslav Krikliy said on June 1: “International and domestic air traffic will be opened on June 15. Perhaps domestic a little earlier. Now we are working on it ... The most popular directions that everyone is waiting for are: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Montenegro, Croatia," said Krykliy, promising to announce more accurate information this week.
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Countries in which economies are highly dependent on foreign tourists are looking for ways to save the summer season.
Let's start with Spain. Initially, the local press reported that this summer the country's resorts will be closed to tourists.
Nevertheless, the Minister of Transport Jose Luis Abalos said that Spain seeks to open borders for tourists around the end of June after the country will be lifted quarantine restrictions in connection with coronavirus.
"As soon as we, the Spaniards, can travel to other provinces, foreigners will be able to come to Spain. I hope that from the end of June we will begin tourist activities ..." said Jose Luis Abalos.
As of now, Spain has already lifted the ban on direct flights from Italy.
From June 3, Italy opens its borders to the European Union, the Schengen area, including Switzerland and Monaco tourists. For them, a two-week self-isolation after entering the country will not be mandatory.
External European borders will remain closed until at least June 15th. The European Commission will decide to cancel or extend the lockdown in the middle of this month.
It is known that Italy is developing a program to stimulate domestic tourism, which, among other things, will include partial compensation for vacation costs. According to the Minister of Health, domestic tourism will be allowed from June 3.
Air traffic between Ukraine and Austria can be restored after June 23. According to the Ambassador of Ukraine to Austria, Olexander Shcherba, this will happen on the condition that both countries by that time will open the airspace.
At the same time, Austrian Airlines previously stated that it could resume flights from Vienna to the Boryspil airport as early as June 22.
The Ministry of Health of Montenegro on May 31 updated the list of countries in which citizens are allowed to enter and stay in the country from June 1, but Ukraine is not on the list. Also, there is no USA and Russia.
The Montenegrin government notes that entry is allowed from countries where there is a significant slowdown in the spread of coronavirus, a decrease in the number of new cases, and also where the number of active patients is not more than 25 per 100 000 people.
At the moment, it is known that the list includes the countries of the European Union, Africa, and Latin America, as well as China.
Greece, which originally planned the start of the tourist season for July, will open its borders to foreign visitors from 29 countries from June 15. And Ukraine was not included in this list either.
In particular, the entry will be allowed for residents of Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Finland.
Greek Reporter, referring to the words of the Minister of Tourism of Greece Haris Theoharis, writes that in the second wave (from July 1) this list is planned to be expanded by a number of countries, and in two weeks, that is, from July 15, another group of states will be added.
Cyprus airports plan to resume operations from June 9, according to Xinhua. From this day, seaports will also open, which will be allowed to receive cruise ships.
Catering establishments will be opened for tourists: customers will be allowed to sit both indoors and outdoors.
But Ukrainians will be able to fly away on vacation to Turkey from July 1 of this year.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country Mevlut Cavusoglu in a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba noted that Turkey will create all the necessary conditions for a safe holiday for Ukrainian citizens in the summer.
We add that from June 1 in Turkey domestic air traffic was restored: citizens will be able to travel from Istanbul to Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, and Trabzon.
Georgia stated that it was ready to open its borders for regular international flights as early as July 1, and noted the need to resume flights with Ukraine as soon as possible.
Ukrainian airlines have already appealed to the Georgian side with a statement of readiness to resume flights. Both sides are now actively working on this issue.