MOSCOW/TASS/. Russia and China are ready to receive each country’s respective tour groups on a mutual basis effective August 1 under the framework of an intergovernmental agreement for visa-free group tours. In addition, visa-free tour groups are being launched between Russia and Iran.
Visa-free group tours between Russia and China
Experts said at the time that the launch of such tours could increase the flow of Russian and Chinese tourists by two to three times. The peak of tourist flows is expected in mid-August or early-September. The experts recalled that, before the pandemic, Russia was visited by about 1-1.4 million Chinese tourists annually. Following the introduction of visa-free travel for tourist groups, about 400,000 Chinese tourists may visit Russia in 2023. According to experts, visa-free travel is the easiest and cheapest way of traveling.
Visa-free group tours between Russia and Iran
In March of this year, Russian Economic Development Minister Maxim Reshetnikov said that Russia and Iran were planning to start implementing the bilateral agreement on visa-free travel for tourist groups. Under the agreement, which was concluded on July 1, 2021, citizens of both countries will be able to visit each country for tourism purposes without needing to obtain visas provided they are part of a group of up to 50 people and for a period not exceeding 15 days.