Yacht tourists may be allowed three-day visa-free stay in Russia

Published on : Thursday, November 28, 2013

Visa-free-StaysIn a bid to boost yacht tourism in the country, Russia is likely to come up with a new policy. Tourists sailing to Russia aboard yachts could soon be allowed to stay in the country without a visa for up to three days, according to a bill being considered by the Russian government.

 
The bill, posted on the government legislative commission’s website on Tuesday, would let foreign tourists arriving in Russia on sports and recreational sailing ships enter visa-free and stay for up to 72 hours.

 
Most foreign tourists currently need a visa and an official invitation from an authorized body, such as a yacht club, to visit Russian ports by boat. Cruise ship passengers are allowed to stay up to 72 hours without a visa if they only disembark on official cruise tours and stay overnight on board the ship.

 
Russia’s Transport Ministry came up with the idea, the commission’s statement said, in a bid to increase the number of “yacht tourists” coming to Russia.

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