Russian tourist flow to Bahrain increased 6 times in 2022
As Russian Ambassador to the Bahrain Alexei Skosyrev said in an interview, 20 000 Russians visited Kingdom in 2022. According to him, this is almost six times more compared to 2021. The lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Bahrain and loyal entry conditions have become the main drivers of the growth of tourist flow.
Bahrain has a simplified visa regime with the Russian Federation. If the duration of the tourist trip is less than two weeks, the visa is issued upon arrival at Bahrain airport. If the duration of the trip exceeds two weeks, a visa is issued at the consulate of the country.
Tour operators also agree with the conclusions of Russian diplomats. According to aggregated estimates, the demand for tours to Bahrain has increased last year. The positive trend continues.
Representatives of the tour operator Intourist added that direct flights contribute to the growth of Bahrain's popularity. Gulf Air operates a daily flight between Moscow and Manama, and Bahrain is accessible from the regions on flydubai or Air Arabia connecting flights.
In addition, some tour operators, such as Intourist and Pac Group, take blocks of seats on flights of both Gulf Air and UAE airlines, which helps to reduce the cost of air transportation.
The experts of the tour operator Space Travel characterize the current demand for the destination as stable, but at the same time, the main share of bookings falls on the coming dates.
As per Marina Makarkova, the head of the PR department of the tour operator Coral Travel, the depth of sales reaches April, and Russians book either tours with GDS transportation or only a hotel in Bahrain.