Moscow             -             Russia will halt all international flights from midnight on Friday under a government decree listing new  measures against the coronavirus outbreak. The decree published on Thursday orders aviation authorities to halt all regular and charter flights,  with the exception of special flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad. Russia’s civil aviation agency Rosaviatsiya will halt “regular and charter air travel from Russian  airports to airports of foreign states and back,” according to the decree published on the  government’s website.  The grounding starts at midnight Friday, or 2100 GMT Thursday. The decree said that flights authorised by the Russian government would be exempt from the rule.

The new measures do not apply to domestic flights within Russia.

The government said Russians who were unable to return due to restrictions imposed by countries

they are in should take measures to stay safe.