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Belavia's third charter flight brings over 70 people from Vnukovo to Minsk


Another Belavia flight has flown 70 Belarusian citizen and foreigners from Moscow's Vnukovo airport to Minsk. These people could not leave Moscow because of Russia's coronavirus containment measures, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian embassy in Russia.

“Another 60 Belarusians returned home from Vietnam, Thailand, the UAE and the Dominican Republic. This charter flight operated by Belavia brought over 70 people to Minsk from Moscow's Vnukovo airport, including citizens of Armenia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Russia,” the embassy informed.

Belavia's first charter flight helped repatriate about a hundred Belarusian nationals on 20 March. The second charter flight flew 82 people including three foreigners (Armenia, Ukraine and Lithuania) on the night of 23 March.

As BelTA has reported earlier, on 18 March, Russia closed borders to foreign nationals, including citizens of Belarus, over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Yet, it allowed transit through Moscow's airports Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo providing that citizens do not leave the transit zone and fly to Belarus within 24 hours. However, most Russian flights from the Asia-Pacific region arrive at Moscow's Vnukovo airport from which there are no direct flights to Minsk. Later on, Russia relaxed the transit rules to allow nationals of the CIS states, including Belarus, to fly through Vnukovo airport.