SkyUp Airlines (Kyiv) has launched charter flights from Lviv to Al-Qassim (Saudi Arabia), the company’s press service said on Tuesday.
“On 20 June, Lviv International Airport welcomed the first SkyUp charter aircraft from Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. It is expected that this flight will launch a number of planned flights by the airline from the Arabian Gulf countries to Ukraine,” the report said.
According to Head of the State Agency for Tourism Development Maryana Oleskiv, who is cited by SkyUp, the countries of the Arabian Gulf, together with the Central Asia region, are priority areas for the development of inbound tourism in Ukraine.
In addition, on June 20, SkyUp launched regular direct flights from Kyiv to Pula (Croatia). They will be operated on Thursdays and Sundays.
From June 23, the airline will also launch flights from Kyiv to Split, Croatia (flights will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays), and from June 25 – to Dubrovnik (flights will be operated on Fridays).
Direct flights to Pula are also operated by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) and Windrose Airlines, and to Split – by UIA.
As reported, Flynas Airlines (Saudi Arabia) on June 11 launched its first flight from Kyiv to Riyadh. Prior to that, Ukraine did not have regular direct flights with Saudi Arabia.
An information and analytical center of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Ukraine) has opened in Zagreb (Croatia), Ukrainian Ambassador to Croatia Vasyl Kyrylych has said.
“Together with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we have opened an information-analytical center of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce in Zagreb,” he said on Twitter.
According to him, the task of such a center is simple, but important and consists in quick response to the requests of Ukrainian business and assistance in contacts with Croatian partners.
On Monday, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia decided to temporarily ban and restrict crossing the Croatian border from December 1 to December 15, 2020, the Ukrainian Embassy in Croatia said.
“The ban does not apply to citizens of Ukraine who have a valid residence permit in the EU countries and arrive in Croatia directly from the countries of the European Union that are on the green list of countries identified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, have no signs of illness and have not been to close contact with a sick person,” the embassy said on the Facebook page on Monday. Citizens of Ukraine with a residence permit in the EU, who transited without delay through other EU countries to Croatian checkpoints, must prove at the border crossing that they were not detained in transit countries, and in this case, the ban from this decision does not apply on them.
“Other Ukrainian citizens who are sent from EU countries will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia upon presentation of a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, taken no more than 48 hours before crossing the border (counting from the time of testing to arriving at the checkpoint), or with the mandatory passage of self-isolation before passing the appropriate PCR test in Croatia and receiving a negative result,” the embassy said.
Ukrainian citizens who permanently reside in Ukraine have the right to enter Croatia on exceptional grounds. In particular, these are medical workers, health researchers, care workers for the elderly; border guards; workers in the transport industry; diplomats, employees of international organizations, military personnel, police officers, humanitarian workers and civil protection persons in the performance of their duties; persons traveling in transit; persons traveling for study purposes; sailors; persons traveling for urgent personal or family reasons, business reasons or other economic interests.
The Ukrainian diplomatic institution said that such citizens of Ukraine as medical workers, researchers in the field of health, care workers for elderly people; sailors; persons traveling for urgent personal or family reasons, business reasons or have other economic interests will be allowed to enter Croatia if they have a negative PCR test result valid for 48 hours, or if they enter Croatia with mandatory self-isolation prior to passing the appropriate PCR test in Croatia and get negative.
“Persons traveling through Croatia must leave the country within 12 hours from the moment of entry. If there is a reason for entering Croatia, it is needed to register the intention on the website of the Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs https://entercroatia.mup.hr/ and print the registration number of the application, so such confirmation will speed up the crossing of the border, but it is not an entry permit from the Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs,” the embassy said.
The Ukrainian embassy said that when crossing the border and staying in Croatia, all persons are required to comply with epidemiological safety measures and general and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
As of July 29, Ukraine can freely fly on vacation to the following six countries: Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia, Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy said on his Telegram channel on Wednesday.
He said that it is possible to get to Bulgaria only if there is a negative test for coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, made within 72 hours before arrival. In order to get to Croatia the travelers have to show mandatory negative PCR test at entry, made within the last 48 hours. He said that after visiting Montenegro, a 14-day self-isolation upon arrival in Ukraine is required.
According to the minister, entry and return to Turkey, Egypt and Albania are without restrictions.
Krykliy also said that a PCR test can be done before departure, right at the airport, namely, at Boryspil, Lviv and Odesa airports, as the PCR laboratories have been installed for quick testing.
“The data on entry changes every day depending on the epidemiological situation in the countries. Therefore, be sure to check the information before traveling,” he also said
Ukraine International Airlines starts selling tickets for flights to the countries of the Adriatic coast.
Tickets are already available on the airline’s website from $250 in both directions, including hand luggage and one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg.
UIA plans to operate flights on the Kyiv-Tirana route from July 24 to September 11 on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“Today, Ukrainian tourists are allowed free entry to the territory of Albania, even without passing PCR test,” UIA noted.
UIA plans to operate flights on the route Kyiv-Tivat on Sundays from July 26 to October 4, and also on Thursdays from July 30 to September 17.
From July 30, 2020 to September 17, 2020, another flight will be added, which will be operated every Thursday at 12:10.
“From July 8, Ukrainian tourists can freely cross the borders of Montenegro without passing a PCR test,” the airline said.
UIA plans to carry out flights on the Kyiv-Split route on Saturdays from July 18 to September 26 this year.
“Today, tourists from Ukraine can cross the Croatian border without a 14-day self-isolation under several conditions: the availability of a negative PCR test, which was done no later than 48 hours, a booked package of services (flight, accommodation, insurance),” UIA noted.
Croatia has changed the entry alert for the citizens of a number of states including Ukraine. As Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Croatia Vasyl Kyrylych wrote on Twitter, such decision was taken in late hours of July 10. “Late on July 10, Croatia took a decision on the obligation for third-country nationals, including Ukraine, who enter the Republic of Croatia to undergo 14-day self-isolation. If there is a test for COVID-19 done no later than 48 hours, self-isolation is not needed,” wrote the ambassador.
In turn, the Embassy of Croatia in Ukraine noted on Facebook that third-country nationals entering Croatia for personal urgent reasons (for example, have private property in Croatia) must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-isolation, but it can be reduced to seven days if a person at his own expense will passe a sample of material from a nose and a throat seven days after arriving in the country and will receive a negative PCR-test for SARS-CoV-2.
At the same time, persons entering Croatia for tourist purposes or for training can enter the country without a 14-day self-isolation, but upon presentation of a negative PCR-test for SARS-CoV 2. It is noted that the test should be done not later than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking sample to arrival at the border crossing).
As previously reported, Ukrainians could visit Croatia if a hotel reservation or a guest dwelling are confirmed.