Austria has expanded the list of countries to which it has imposed a ban on air transport due to COVID-19, including also Albania and Kosovo.
The provision - which will be in force from Thursday 16 July at the end of the month - was communicated today by the Austrian authorities and, in addition to Albania and Kosovo, also includes the other western Balkan states (Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia Northern and Bosnia). Already present from the beginning of July on the list, however, China, Great Britain, Iran, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.
In recent days, moreover, the airline "Lufthansa" had announced that it will not operate towards the western Balkans until the beginning of the 2020/2021 winter season; however, the same company has communicated that the service to these countries will be guaranteed through its partners.
Releases from the Embassies of Albania and Kosovo
The embassies of Albania and Kosovo in Austria have reported the Austrian provision on their social profiles, urging citizens residing in the country to take immediate measures to avoid getting stuck:
"We announce that Austria will suspend flights from Albania from 16 to 31 July 2020. The health minister, Rudolf Anschober, has signed a new provision according to which the list of flight bans to Austria is extended to others 10 countries, bringing the total number to 18.
The list includes the countries of the western Balkans, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. We urge all Albanian citizens with a residence permit in Austria and all those interested to take immediate measures to avoid getting stuck."- reads the statement from the Albanian embassy in Vienna.
"The Kosovo Embassy in Vienna announces that the Austrian Ministry of Health, in order to curb the spread of the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19), will suspend flights from the western Balkan countries from 16 July, including flights from and verse Prishtina. The provision will remain in effect until July 31, 2020. ”- reads the statement from the Embassy of Kosovo.
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