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Russians stranded in Phuket finally allowed to fly home

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78 Russian tourists who were stranded in Phuket and surrounding provinces by the Covid-19 outbreak, flew home on a special charter flight last night. Immigration police and airport staff saw them off at the international terminal lounge holding placards reading “До скорой встречи,” which means “See you soon” in Russian.

They left on Aurora Airlines flight SHU5495 from Phuket international airport via Shanghai. Phuket International Airport remains closed to international flights until at least July 15. The special flight was arranged by the Russian consulate through the Thai Foreign Ministry.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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    Toby Andrews

    June 10, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    What possible reason did Thailand have for not allowing foreigners to leave the country?
    If they were contagious Thailand should have been glad to be rid of them.
    What about all the countries that allowed Thais to leave to return to Thailand. They did not object.
    Goodbye Russians remember how badly the Thais treated you and never come back.
    Force the Thais on Phuket to go back to fishing and farming

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    Roger Elliot

    June 10, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Good riddance

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    Maya Macro

    June 13, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Even for us Africans they closed for us we don’t have money for hotels or for rent and food what are we gonna do? Too many months here why?

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