About 2,000 Ukrainian tourists blocked in Thailand amid lockdown in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Not everyone can afford flying to the nearest hub - Dubai, Doha or Istanbul, as the Embassy recommended
12:28, 23 March 2020

Nearly two thousand Ukrainian tourists are unable to fly home from Thailand after an airline shutdown was introduced in Ukraine due to the coronavirus epidemic. It was reported by RBC.

There is a much higher fare for the nearest hub - Dubai, Doha or Istanbul. This is the only opportunity to return to Ukraine, according to the instructions on the embassy’s website.

Related: Coronavirus in Ukraine: Interior Minister announced tightening of restrictions in coming days

"Most of them cannot or will not afford this cost (given that all tickets have already been purchased). A ticket from Bangkok to Dubai costs 500-700 dollars per one, from Dubai to Kyiv - another 260. Not every family of 3-4 people can afford such a flight. In Doha, it is even more expensive, or so,” the Ukrainian citizen stated in a comment to the news agency.

On Monday, March 23, Ukrainians will gather under the office of the migration service in Phuket in order to record a video address to their country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

As we reported earlier, on the night of March 23, 264 Ukrainians were evacuated from Estonia via SkyUp aircrarts. 

Related: After suspension of flights, some people return to Ukraine by ferry

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