30 Jul 2020 09:58

Air Malta to resume flights to Russia in Oct

MOSCOW. July 30 (Interfax) - Air Malta has included flights to Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport in its preliminary flight schedule for the fall of 2020, but right now Russians can travel to the island only after quarantining in a "safe" country.

"The resumption of direct flights from Malta's international airport to Moscow, Kyiv and Tel Aviv is planned for the first week of October, but it will depend on the safety assessment that Russia, Ukraine and Israel receive from Malta's health authorities," the island's tourism authority told Interfax on Wednesday.

The current flight schedule is based on the list of "safe" countries that Malta's government approved, flights to which resumed in early July.

Russia is not on the list, the tourism authority said. Russian tourists can currently visit Malta only after a 14-day quarantine in a "safe" country or with special permission from the island's health authorities and compliance with a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival if such permission is received.

Malta's government reviews the list of "safe" countries on a regular basis and there is every reason to expect the mutual reopening of borders between the two countries as soon as possible, the tourism authority said.