Starting tomorrow, passengers flying from Ukraine to Turkey do not need to present negative results of a PCR coronavirus test,

reports Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy. Turkey’s national coronavirus lockdown is due to be lifted Monday morning.

After Turkey tilted toward Ukraine in the recent military standoff with Russia,

Prime Minister Shmygal asked airlines to expand air links between Ukraine and Turkey.

Despite the lockdown,

Turkey’s budget carrier AnadoluJet will commence flights tomorrow between Kyiv Boryspil and Dalaman, an Aegean sea destination.

After the lockdown,

Pegasus Airlines start services on May 27 from Kyiv Boryspil to Gazipasa, an Antalya province city facing Cyprus. On that same day, SkyUp will commence services flights from Kyiv to Izmir and expands service from Kharkiv and Zaporizhia to Istanbul.

Prime Minister Shmygal is asking government agencies to facilitate more tourist flights to Turkey

and to facilitate visits here of Turkish tourists with Covid-19 vaccination certificates. According to the government portal, the Prime Minister calls for “organizing additional flights on popular routes at weekends, as well as opening communication with new cities.” Last week, shortly after Turkish President Recep Erdoğan gave a warm welcome to President Zelenskiy in Istanbul, the Russian government banned Russian tourism to Turkey through June 1, causing half a million people to change their travel plans.