Since September of this year new rules for the accreditation of tour operators in the Consulate General of Italy in Moscow came into force.
Recall that the new requirements for the accreditation of tour operators were developed by the Consulate General in cooperation with ENIT and with participation of ATOR (Association of tour operators) from June 6 to July 6, 2018.
According to the idea, the new rules will minimize the risks of misappropriation of accreditation to companies, which not recognized as Russian tour operators, carry out periodic inspections for maintaining accreditation, establish internal control mechanisms to counter falsification of visas, and establish structured cooperation with tour operators for joint action in tourist area.
Under the new rules, the accreditation of tour operators will be issued for one year and will be conducted by the General Consulate annually in December. Requests for accreditation from new tour operators are accepted throughout the year.
Tour operators positive appreciate innovations of Italian General Consulate. "We do not consider the requirements as superfluous. These changes are important, because the new accreditation procedure is aimed at simplifying and developing the activities of tour operators officially registered in Russia", - says PAC GROUP operator.
The Consul General may deprive the tour operator of the rights in the framework of accreditation. This can happen in case of poor traceability of visa practices, periodic non-compliance of requirements, provision of inauthentic documents, periodic cases of falsifying of visas.
The period of deprivation of accreditation can be from 1 month to 1 year. After the expiration of the period of deprivation of accreditation, the tour operator will have to pay 1000 Euros to the Consulate General to cover the costs of the consulate's work.
In the case of repeated violations, the Consul General has the right to revoke the accreditation of the tour operator for an indefinite period or indefinitely.