Venezuela removes Covid-19 restriction on travel to Dominican Republic

Venezuela’s National Institute of Civil Aviation (INAC) announced on Monday that the restriction on international flights was extended by covid-19, except for routes linking the Caribbean country with Turkey, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Russia.

“Exceptionally, only the aerocommercial operations for the transfer of passengers, cargo and mail between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the sister countries of Turkey, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Russia are authorized”, reads a statement from INAC which, in this case, did not clarify for how long the extension is.

On March 12 last year, the Venezuelan government suspended all flights from Europe and Colombia, initially for one month, “to add to the preventive processes at international level” and try to stop the arrival of covid-19 to the Caribbean country, a measure that was extended a few days later to the rest of the connections.

And in November, INAC announced the opening of the first routes to Panama, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Iran and Mexico, which were later joined by Bolivia and Russia, a list from which the Persian country subsequently fell.

In today’s communiqué, the aviation authority explained that the decision was taken “in compliance with the guidelines of the National Executive, in order to guarantee the health of the citizens residing” in the country “through policies that allow mitigating the effects caused by the pandemic”.

Finally, it urged “airline operators and travel agencies not to sell tickets on routes other than those approved”.

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