Russia joins countries that effectively close their airports for all international arrivals except repatriation flights.
Russian government yesterday decided to ban all scheduled and charter flights effective March 27, 2020. It is unclear for how long this order is in effect.
Here’s the announcement from the Russian government:
From 27 March, regular and charter flights between Russian airports and other countries will be suspended, with the exception of the flights evacuating the Russian nationals who are currently abroad.
I am instructing the Foreign Ministry to assist those nationals with paperwork and accommodation abroad, and the Finance Ministry to provide immediate funding.
I am asking all our nationals who have not been able to return to contact the embassies and consular offices of the Russian Federation with their contact information and other necessary data that needs to be provided to the Foreign Ministry.
The Transport Ministry and the Foreign Ministry must develop a plan for evacuating people from foreign countries. All returned nationals will be tested for the novel coronavirus infection right at the airports.
Aeroflot was still providing connectivity through its hub in Moscow between many international destinations that are now gone for the foreseeable future.
It is unclear when the Russian airports are reopened for international traffic beyond few repatriation flights.