Vaccine trips to Russia set, visa issues still to be resolved, agency says – Business & Economy

MOSCOW, June 7. / TASS /. Although the travel packages to vaccinate foreigners in Russia are ready, there is a need to solve the problem of the entry of such tourists into the country, the president of the Russian Travel Industry Union told TASS. (RUTI) Andrei Ignatyev.

“Travel agencies were ready to organize vaccination rounds at the start of the year as they regularly received such requests from all over the world. The product is ready, but questions of visa assistance and legal entry for foreigners wishing to receive the Russian vaccine arise. not yet resolved, ”Ignatiev said.

Since a large percentage of the population in Europe has been vaccinated so far, the expert predicts that first of all residents of Asian countries, including India, the Middle East and, for example, Iran, might be interested in such visits, as well as African and Latin American countries.

“The countries of Africa and Latin America have shown great interest in such a tourist product throughout the period of the vaccination campaign in Russia, the RUTI has received such requests”, explained the head of RUTI.

Vaccination rounds could serve as support for tour operators now, as the influx of inbound tourists to the country has been close to zero for more than a year, he said. Three-week tours for foreigners can help kick-start her recovery.

“It is a combination of vaccination with a cultural program and excursions, which can be organized in a very interesting way, capturing different regions of Russia. Another option is a two-week trip, and there is also such requests “, underlined Ignatiev.

The price for such vaccination rounds for foreigners ranges from $ 1,500 to $ 2,500, excluding airfare, Ignatiev told TASS.

“It’s $ 1,500 to $ 2,500 for a 21-day stay in Russia without air travel,” he said.

Speaking at a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to work on organizing paid vaccinations against coronavirus infection for foreign nationals in Russia by the end of June.

The Russian Federal Tourism Agency is ready, together with travel agencies, to organize organized vaccination trips for foreigners, agency manager Zarina Doguzova told TASS on the sidelines of SPIEF-2021.