Russian tour operators stopped selling tours to Turkey, the most popular foreign destination for its citizens, after the government warned about the threat of terrorism in the country that downed one of its fighter jet near the Syrian border.
Leading firms stopped selling trips to Turkey and suspended charter flights on the government’s recommendation, lobby group ATOR said Wednesday on its website, listing Natalie Tours, Pegas Touristik, Tez Tour, Coral Travel, Biblio Globus and Intourist.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recommended on Tuesday that citizens refrain from travelling to Turkey, citing a growing terror threat in the country. Selling tours to Turkey in such circumstances would be a “blatant violation” of Russian laws, the Federal Tourism Agency said.
There are no plans for an immediate evacuation of up to 11,000 Russian tourists currently in Turkey, while about 6,000 who’ve booked Turkey travel for the coming weeks will need to annul or change their plans, ATOR said in the statement. Regular flights between Russia and Turkey haven’t been halted.
Turkey was the most popular foreign destination for Russians last year, hosting 3.3 million, while Egypt was second with 2.6 million Russian visitors, according to the Federal Tourism Agency. President Vladimir Putin halted all flights to Egypt this month after a bomb downed a Russian passenger plane flying from the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg over the Sinai peninsula last month, killing 224.
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