The border of Russia with Abkhazia will be opened after the publication of the order of the government of the Russian Federation in the afternoon of August 1, the operational headquarters for combating the spread of coronavirus in Russia said.
Changes will take effect upon publication of the document. It is noted that now it is undergoing the registration procedure and will be published, as expected, in the afternoon on Saturday, August 1, writes TASS.
Earlier on July 31, the headquarters reported that Russia was opening the border with Abkhazia from August 1. The decision was made on the basis of the conclusions of Rospotrebnadzor and the Ministry of Health of Russia on assessing the sanitary and epidemiological situation in Abkhazia and determining the readiness of Abkhazian infrastructure facilities to receive tourists.
On the same day, the President of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania said that Abkhazia is ready to open the border with Russia in the coming days if an appropriate decision is made in Russia, but it is too early to name a specific date.
Earlier, on July 28, it became known that the Abkhaz authorities had extended the restrictions imposed in connection with the coronavirus pandemic on crossing the border with Russia until August 4.
An exception was made for diplomats accredited in the republic, military border departments of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in Abkhazia and the united Russian military base, drivers carrying out cargo transportation.
On July 24, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that from August 1, Russia will resume international flights. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova explained that from August 1, Russians will be able to fly to London, Ankara and Istanbul, and from August 10 – to Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman. Flights to Tanzania, including Zanzibar, are also allowed.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Russia has completely closed regular and charter international flights since March 27. Only export flights were allowed, with which Russians were returned to their homeland.