The government of Greece has approved for 2017 a simplified visa regime for Russians arriving by ferry from Turkey to the Greek Islands of the Aegean (Rhodes, KOs, Lesbos, etc.). Dimitris Haitidis, the head of the Greek TEZ Tour, citing a source familiar with the situation.
The weak Russian rouble, along with other major world currency depreciations, has created a boom for tourism to selected destinations.
In news from the Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, 18 countries will benefit from a new visa-free regime for Russia’s Far East.
In news from My Planet Travel Awards, people in the Russian Federation have just a couple of day remaining before voting starts on what amounts to that nation’s most massive awareness campaign that will certainly jump start Russia’s hospitality initiatives. Over 100 International and Russian companies are participating in this year’s awards, according to the news. Outbound Russian travelers have their say on hotels around the world.
In news from Albania, the government there has temporarily lifted all visa requirements for travelers from Azerbaijan. For visits of up to 90 days, citizens there can travel to Albania at their leisure. This follows news that Albania allowed similar privileges to other countries.
The one thing holding back Russian tourism more than anything else has been the visa issue; Russian visas are notoriously difficult to get, and the bureaucrats in charge simply won’t bend until they get what they want in return. Rather than give into the EU’s demands for short-term visa free travel, Russia are demanding something […]