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Russians Stranded Abroad Face Complex Return Home

By Emilio Aristegui | Wed, 03/09/2022 - 10:00

Russia’s invasion on Ukraine has stranded numerous Russian citizens around the world as countries closed their airspaces, preventing Russian flights. In Mexico, over 400 tourists were stranded for days following major booking problems due to the lack of connectivity.

“More than 400 Russian tourists left this afternoon from the Cancun International Airport, Mexican Caribbean, bound for the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, most of them had to stay longer than expected in the destination due to the cancellation of flights due to the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” reads EFE’s press release.

Mexico has not closed its borders to flights from Russia, as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed categorically that the country would not close its airspace to Russian flights. However, many of the Russian passengers waited several hours and even days at the Cancun airport, with most of them seeking to guarantee a plane ticket on the 5:00 PM flight to Sheremetyevo airport. Many of the Russian tourists were put on waitlist for days after the rescheduling of their original flights, with some having to wait as much as three days.

Mexico is focusing on repatriation of Mexican citizens in Ukraine, “At the embassy, we will continue exhausting all possible instances to repatriate them. We continue to attend to the cases with the means at our disposal, since, as you know, we have been prohibited from entering the embassy offices for security,” said the Mexican Embassy in Ukraine, according to A21, as reported by MBN.

Quintana Roo’s Ministry of Tourism announced that the Guest Assist application is active and available through a telephone center 24 hours a day, seven days a week with bilingual assistance, for Russian or Ukrainian tourists in need of guidance.

Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, welcomed the arrival of Russia’s symbolic airline Aeroflot in a tweet: “I greet with affection our friends from the prestigious airline Aeroflot, hoping for a prompt connectivity between nations and of course to Mexico City.” However, he deleted the message after receiving intense criticism.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
EFE, MB
Emilio Aristegui Emilio Aristegui Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst