Russia opens air border with Turkey next week

UMMATIMES - Russia is reopening borders and full-scale air travel with Turkey from next Tuesday. Moscow will now allow the travel of large Russian tourist groups wishing to vacation in Turkey.

The decision was made after a visit by Russian experts to Turkey to assess security measures against the coronavirus, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said at a meeting in Moscow on Friday.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy welcomed Russia's move on Twitter. "The resumption of Russian flights to our country on June 22 is an indication of confidence in our country for safe tourism," Ersoy said.

"I hope we will reap the rewards of our diplomatic traffic with other countries in the coming period, like with Russia," he added.

Turkey has spearheaded a safe tourism campaign and special certification to ensure that tourists and locals alike are safe from the coronavirus outbreak. Turkey is the most popular holiday destination among Russian tourists. In 2019 more than 7 million Russian tourists visited Turkey, more than any other country.

In 2020, even in the midst of the pandemic, more than 2.7 million Russian tourists chose Turkey as their holiday destination. Russia has seen significant growth in coronavirus cases in recent days, with the daily figure hitting a high.

Several regions announced mandatory vaccination for certain categories of citizens and introduced stricter restrictive measures.