Friday, July 20, 2018

Simplified visa procedures could boost tourism in Sverdlovsk

At a press conference late last month, Sverdlovsk Director of Tourism Development Elmira Tukanova announced that the number of European tourists to the Sverdlovsk region will likely increase this year due to the simplified visa issuance procedures for travelers.

As a result of the new visa guidelines, transit passengers from 45 European countries can stay in the Sverdlovsk region for up to 72 hours without applying for visas, Ural Business Consulting reports.

"We made sure we took part in the international exhibitions in those European countries where this 72-hour visa-free admission regime might become available starting June 1," Tukanova said, according to Ural Business Consulting. "This means that citizens of quite a few countries will be able to stay in Russia for three days without a visa. We can hope that, provided we present the Sverdlovsk region's potential at the European fairs this spring, the inflow of foreign tourists will increase."

Officials from the Sverdlovsk region are scheduled to take part in several upcoming international tourist fairs, including Holiday World in Prague, ITB in Berlin and InTourMarket in Moscow.