Travel News Digest Saturday 12 June
In connection with a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections in Moscow, the mayor of the capital Sergei Sobyanin issued a decree on June 12, according to which antique restrictions are being strengthened in the city, and days until June 19, inclusive, are declared non-working. The tourist business is seriously alarmed – in such a situation, the prospects for opening outbound tourist destinations, including Turkey and Egypt, with which great hopes are pinned, become dim. The topic is discussed in the professional Facebook community “Travel Presidium”, we have collected the most acute comments for you.
At the same time, tour operators do not forget about the information recently leaked on the social network about a document instructing the relevant departments to form a flight schedule from Russian cities to the airports of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh by July 1. We learned from market participants what product for Egypt they are ready to offer, if events nevertheless develop according to a positive scenario and charters to the Red Sea are soon allowed.
Until then Rosaviatsia started practical steps in implementing its warning to airlines – about the inadmissibility of transporting tourists on cargo and passenger flights abroad. Departure Red wings from Moscow to Pula (Croatia) was canceled, the carrier’s permit was revoked. What alternative options are offered by tour operators to travelers whose tours did not take place, we tell in the article.
Saturday also brought positive news both from abroad and in Russia. Greece confirmed its readiness to receive Russian tourists vaccinated with the domestic drug “Sputnik V”, and also extended the current entry rules for foreign citizens until June 21. And in Sochi, they announced plans to build an all-season indoor water park on a 3 hectare site, investments in the project will amount to almost 4 billion rubles.
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