The transportation of goods and passenger traffic between Blagoveshchensk and the bordering Chinese city of Heihe was stopped before February 1, tourists are advised to return from China through other checkpoints.
“According to the working information received from the People’s Government of Heihe, the operating mode of the Heihe international checkpoint has been adjusted during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Cargo and passenger transportation on the Blagoveshchensk-Heihe direction is scheduled to resume from February 1,” the Amur Region Government reports, RIA Novosti reports. ”
It is noted that in connection with the celebration of the New Year in China and the situation with coronavirus, the number of Russian tourists crossing the border has recently been relatively small, however, information on the need to return dozens of Russian citizens who were in China’s tourist, educational and business purposes.
“At the moment, we understand the situation with the return of organized tourist groups, there are no plans to return such groups in the near future. As for citizens traveling individually and planning to return through the Heihe checkpoint in the coming days, a quantitative assessment of such tourists is currently underway. Most of them have already contacted us. If possible, tourists are advised to plan their return through other checkpoints, for example, through the international airport of Harbin, ” Government cites the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Foreign Relations of the Amur region Catherine Kireeva.
Kireeva also noted that the authorities of the Amur Region are ready to advise everyone by calling the hotline. Tourists who are currently in Heihe can get all the necessary information, as well as individual advice, from the Ministry of Economic Development and External Relations of the Amur Region by phone number 8 (4162) 22-44-25.
In emergency situations, Russian tourists are advised to contact the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Harbin. The governor of the Amur Region Vasily Orlov on January 24 urged residents of the region to refuse to travel to China because of the coronavirus, and the head of the Rospotrebnadzor in the Amur Region, Olga Kurganova, told reporters that a high-alert mode for prevention was introduced in the region.