Decree: Russian airlines temporarily banned from flying to Egypt

The Russian government is to take steps to ensure the return of its citizens in Egypt

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a decree, entitled "On the specific measures to ensure national security of the Russian Federation and protect RF citizens from criminal and other unlawful activities," which suspends air transportation of passengers to Egypt.

The Russian government bodies and local authorities, as well as legal entities "in their activities [should] take into account that as of the effective date of this Decree, Russian airline companies are temporarily banned from carrying out air transportation (including the commercial ones) of citizens from the Russian Federation to the Arab Republic of Egypt, except in cases of air transportation (including the commercial one) of the Russian citizens sent … to the Arab Republic of Egypt for official purposes," reads the decree posted on the official legal news portal.

The decree recommends that tour operators and travel agents should refrain, for the duration of this ban, from selling a tour product that involves  air transportation (including the commercial one) of citizens from Russia to Egypt.

The Russian government is to take steps to ensure the return to Russia of its citizens, who are currently in Egypt, as well as their luggage.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry, jointly with other concerned federal executive bodies and organizations, are to ensure coordination with the Egyptian authorities in dealing with the matters relating to the safety of Russian citizens and their return to the Russian Federation," reads the decree.

The decree is signed with immediate effect and applies retrospectively starting from November 6, 2015.

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