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Russian tourists will be flooding Sri Lanka soon after re-opening its borders with the resumption of international flights following the easing current restrictions from June 1 under a bio bubble in the Covid-19 third wave crisis

Sri Lanka is likely to lift a temporary ban on foreign arrivals imposed to contain a Coronavirus crisis from June 01, but a restriction on Indian travellers will remain in place, Airport and Aviation Services official said.

Sri Lanka suspended foreign arrivals until May 31 and locked down the country till June 07, to contain a Covid-19 outbreak .

This action will facilitate the upcoming visit of Russian travellers yo kick start the country’s ailing toursm industry hit by Covid-19.

Former Russian Ambassodor Udyanga Weeratunge is to make his second attempt to review ailing tourism industry by injecting life blood with Russian government assistance.

Udayanga once accused of mig jet scam with a Interpol red notice has planned to bring down at least 2500 Russian tourists per month soon after the lifting of restrictions for foreign travelers arrival in to the island.

He has brought around 7000 Ukrainian tourists to Sri Lanka, under a tourism bio bubble during the peak of the pandemic last year.

He is now planning to bring Russian tourists’ under bio bubble to Sri Lanka very soon before the winter season confining them to the East of Sri Lanka, to the Pasikudah area where there are fewer people, informed sources said.

Discussions are underway between “Sri Lankan” and Aeroflot Airlines to resume at least flight per week to bring around 2500 Russian tourists per month using Aeroflot flights.

Strengthening the relationships between Russia and Sri Lanka, Aeroflot recommenced their direct operations to Bandaranaike International Airport on October 29 2018 with the SU 287 flight arriving from Moscow, Russia after its suspension ten years ago. .

oldest airline that operated to Colombo. It has several subsidiary airlines including Rossiya Airlines, and also operates the Russian-made Sukhoi Super Jets.



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