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Russian Air Carrier Resumes Flights to Cyprus: No Tourists Allowed

November 13, 2020

MOSCOW — Russia's national airline Aeroflot is start flights again to Cyprus on Nov. 22 but only for allowed personnel as Russian tourists are still barred because of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit their country hard.

There will be Sunday flights from Moscow to Larnaca and back, the Russian Embassy in Nicosia wrote on Facebook, Russia's state-run Tass News Agency reported on the return of flights.

But only Cypriot citizens, family members, persons with a residence permit, diplomats will be able to fly to the republic. Tourists are not included in this category yet, the report said.

The embassy pointed out the need for a valid certificate of passing a COVID-19 test to be able to enter Cyprus. "The test must be done within 72 hours before arriving in Cyprus," the diplomatic mission added.

Cyprus imposed a ban on flights to Larnaca and Paphos airports on March 21 as the pandemic spread. Cyprus allowed tourists from countries with relatively safe records in dealing with the Coronavirus in June but after that only export passenger flights were made to both Russia and from Russia to Cyprus.

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