Finland’s air carrier Finnair resumes flights with Russia

Finland’s air carrier Finnair resumes flights with Russia
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  • calendar-gray 29 January 2021

Finnish airline Finnair resumes flights on January 29 between Finland’s capital of Moscow and Russia’s second largest city of Saint Petersburg, the company’s press office announced on Friday, APA reports citing TASS.

"We have the required permits for flights to and from St. Petersburg. The flights will start on January 29," Finnair’s press service announced to TASS adding that the flights will be operated every Friday and Sunday.

The Finnish air carrier also plans to resume in March flights between Helsinki and the Russian capital of Moscow.

Finnair issued on January 28 an updated list of requirements for international passengers travelling to Finland. Among the provisions in the document the airline requires a coronavirus test certificate.

"In line with the recommendation by Finnish health authorities, we will start requiring either a certificate of a negative coronavirus test or a doctor’s certificate stating that you have had the coronavirus, within the past 6 months, but you are fully recovered from it and are fit to travel," according to the document published on the air company’s official website.

"The requirement will apply to all travelers, including citizens of Finland, on international Finnair flights to Finland from 28 January 2021 onwards," the document reads. "The pre-travel testing requirement does not apply to you if you connect to an international flight at Helsinki."

However, Finland’s Ministry of the Interior stated earlier that the country would not open its borders for Russian tourists despite the resumption of flights with Russia.

The Russian cabinet’s press service announced on Tuesday that Russia would lift restrictions on entry for the citizens of Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar and flights with these countries would resume on January 27.

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