Authorities to restrict flights between Russia and South Korea starting March 1 due to coronavirus activity. Confirm travel arrangements.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 26 Feb 2020 20:29 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Flight restrictions
  • Location(s): Russia, South Korea (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 1
  • Impact: Travel disruptions; increased security

Summary
Authorities in Moscow have announced that restrictions on flights between Russia and South Korea will enter into effect March 1. The purpose of the measure is to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All flights between the two countries will be suspended indefinitely with the following exceptions:

  • Aeroflot (SU) will continue to serve South Korea, but only along its Moscow-Seoul routes. All passengers arriving in Russia from South Korea will transit through Terminal F at Moscow Sheremetyevo International (SVO).
  • Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airlines (HZ) will operate charter flights solely for the purpose of returning Russian citizens home from South Korea.


Civil aviation officials in Russia have as yet given no estimate as to how long the restrictions may remain in place.

Advice
Contact air travel provider to confirm flights. Rebook to fly alternate routes, if necessary. Do not check out of accommodations until onward travel is confirmed.

Resources
Aeroflot Airlines (SU): www.aeroflot.com

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