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Airlines Cancel Flights To Armenia Over Travel Restrictions


Armenia - A passenger jet at Yerevan’s Zvartnots international airport (file photo)

More than a dozen and a half airlines have temporarily canceled flights to and from Armenia after travel restrictions were introduced in the South Caucasus country as part of a coronavirus-conditioned 30-day state of emergency.

According to the press service of the Armenian government, suspension of flights concerns a number of destinations, including Moscow, Rome, Milan, Tbilisi, Tel-Aviv, Doha, Minsk, Sharm El Sheikh, Lyon, Warsaw, Kyiv, Dubai and others.

Armenia declared the state of emergency on March 16 amid a spike in the number of novel coronavirus cases that have now reached 84. The regime implying a range of limitations, including for international travel, will remain in place until April 14.

Under the state-of-emergency rule all citizens of Armenia and members of their families regardless of their nationality are allowed to return to Armenia by plane. Armenian citizens are also allowed to leave the country by plane on condition that upon return they will be mandatorily quarantined for the coronavirus infection. The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, has strongly recommended that citizens of Armenia abstain from traveling abroad to avoid possible difficulties conditioned by the global pandemic.

Armenia has also banned the entry by airspace for citizens of 16 countries most affected by the novel coronavirus, including China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

All foreigners are banned from crossing into Armenia by land. The exception is made for foreign truck drivers transporting cargoes and their partners unless they exhibit coronavirus-like symptoms.

In a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus Armenia and Russia also introduced restrictions on travel by land and air between the two countries. The measure that does not apply to cargo shipments will be in force at least through March 24.

According to the Armenian government, restrictions will not apply to Armenian and Russian citizens and members of their families returning to their countries as well as several other categories of citizens, including diplomats, officials and servicemen newly deployed at the Russian military base in Armenia or returning from Russia.

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