President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Ukrainians regarding the country's complete closure of air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic. The channel "112 Ukraine" conducted the broadcast.
Three days later, Ukraine closes regular flights with other countries. Cargo checkpoints, air, rail, sea and road, will continue to operate.
“We will not wait for the official hundreds or thousands of patients. On the issue of life and health of Ukrainians it cannot be early, it can be too late. That is why we are decisive and proactive,” - Zelensky said.
According to him, those who flew from Ukraine on charter flights on a tourist trip will definitely return home according to the schedule.
“Regarding other citizens of Ukraine, after three days we close regular flights. During this time, you must return home. Those who, for good reason, do not have time to do this, should contact the Ukrainian consulate. In cooperation with Ukrainian airlines, they will be returned home irregularly flights," - the president said.
It was also decided to close the border for foreigners.
“The border checkpoints for passenger traffic will be closed. Two weeks, starting at 00:01 on March 16, 2020, foreign citizens will not be able to enter Ukraine by plane, train, car, or any other means,” - the head of state said.
As we reported before, in 48 hours, Ukraine is closing its border for foreigners for two weeks. Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will warn all the institutions and all countries that the border of Ukraine will be closed for two weeks.