August 6, 2020 - Montenegro opened its borders to Russian citizens two days ago, with the company Airports of Montenegro sending welcome messages on social networks, and the media announcing that the first planes from Moscow will fly to Tivat on August 10 - "Vijesti" writes.
On July 27, the Government of Russia passed a decision on the re-establishment of international air traffic, establishing the conditions for entry for foreigners onto the territory of the country. The first official information regarding flights to Turkey and Great Britain has been published. Although there is no official information, the media also write that airline tickets from Moscow to Tivat are on offer, starting on August 10. Judging by these data, Montenegro could expect the first guests from Russia in less than a week - unless they are deterred from visiting Montenegro by the obligation to have a PCR test when they return home.
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) decided to open the borders and allow entry to Montenegro without additional conditions for citizens of the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan at its session on Monday. After the meeting, just before midnight, they announced that the tourist economy's operational headquarters proposed those countries for the "green list," which means that their residents can enter Montenegro without additional conditions.
"Considering the epidemiological situation in the countries around us, the reliability and relevance of available data, as well as the needs of our tourism economy and the national interests of Montenegro, the NKT assessed that there are no obstacles to liberalizing entry for Russian and Azerbaijani citizens," the NKT said after the session.
Yesterday, the Institute of Public Health (IPH) did not respond to "Vijesti" regarding the criteria for opening the borders for Russia and Azerbaijan, and why the Republic of Serbia is not yet on the yellow or green list. According to the data from those countries, Russia has 127.2 active cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, Azerbaijan 40.49, while in Serbia, the rate is 138.91. For comparison, there are 228.41 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in Montenegro.
Reporting that Montenegro had opened its borders to Russian citizens, and that they could enter Montenegro without having to meet any conditions, the portal mir-da.ru stated that "the only obstacle is the lack of flights that were canceled at the end of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
"However, flight connections could be re-established in the coming days. As announced on August 1, the Russian government is considering lifting the flight ban for all international destinations within ten days, and Aeroflot is already selling tickets to Tivat from August 10," mir-da.ru announced.
Flights from Russia have not been confirmed at airports in Podgorica and Tivat, and there is no official information regarding the flights on the website of Airports of Montenegro.
Source: Vijesti, mir-da.ru