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Package tours to Hainan appeared in the sale of tour operators
Tours to the Chinese island of Hainan have appeared in the booking system of the tour operator China Travel. There are no direct flights from Russia to Hainan Island, so tourists will have to fly with a connection at Chinese airports.
Russian tourists will be able to get Chinese tourist visas again
From March 15, 2023, China will resume issuing all types of visas to foreigners at its consular offices around the world. However, it is still too early to talk about “the resumption of the tourist flow to China from Russia.
Sales of tours to China started in Russia
Sales of tours to China have already begun - despite the fact that there is still no official issuance of tourist visas. The sale of trips to China was restored by the tour operator Sunmar, locally, and the price of the tour is about twice as high as before the pandemic.
Russia resumes flights with Bali from March 14
Russia resumed flights with Bali from March 14
China suspends entry from Russia on visas and residence permits
The Chinese authorities temporarily suspend entry from Russia on visas and residence permits amid the pandemic.
Beijing is interested in restarting regular flights between China and Russia
Beijing is interested in restarting regular flights between China and Russia as soon as possible, and is ready to advance this process through teamwork with the Russian side.
China announced conditions of resumption of flights with Russia
The dates of resumption of flights at the moment depend on the decision of the Russian authorities. Russian air carriers will be able to perform one flight a week, choosing any one destination’s airport.
Border opening for tourism to China is not defined yet
The prospects for the opening of borders for tourism in China in the near future have not been determined.
Moscow-Beijing flight passengers asked to show proof they are negative to COVID-19
Air China passengers who intend to fly on a Moscow-Beijing flight will need to have a certificate confirming that they have not been infected with coronavirus from May 8.
Tour operators report situation on Hainan Island
The portal TourDom.ru found out the current situation in China from large Russian tour operators, and in particular at the popular tourist resort - Hainan Island.
China is preparing for the return of Russian tourists
Many of tourists sights in China are working again as usual, and carriers are already making plans for the coming months.
Aeroflot cancels a number of flights to China, Korea, Vietnam and Italy due to reduced demand
Aeroflot reduces the number of flights to China, South Korea, Vietnam and Italy in March due to lower demand from passengers, the company said.
Official data. Statistics of the departure of Russians abroad in 2019
According to the Border Service, in 2019, Russian citizens made 48 072 285 trips in 176 foreign countries and territories. This is 7,9% more than in 2018 (44 551 092).
Tour operators have found a replacement for Hainan
On February 19, tour operators spoke about an alternative for the island of Hainan that they are ready to offer Russian tourists.
Aeroflot cancels half of China flights amid coronavirus chaos
Russia’s flag carrier Aeroflot has canceled half of its flights to and from China as inbound traffic from there has drastically declined due to coronavirus fears.
Russia to suspend charter flights to China from February 14
Since February 1, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has curbed charter flights to China amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Russia’s Transport Ministry has allowed the air carriers to make charter flights from Russia to China in order to retrieve Russian nationals from that country.
Virus fallout hits Lake Baikal as Chinese tourists stay away
The fallout from the coronavirus has left the resort's hotels largely empty. Winter is high season for tourism around Lake Baikal in Siberia, but the coronavirus outbreak has curtailed its main source of income - Chinese holidaymakers.
Coronavirus outbreak forces Russia to cancel North Korea railway lines
State-run operator Russian Railways has suspended passenger traffic between Russia and North Korea because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Russia restricts flights to China over coronavirus outbreak
Starting from Saturday, Russia has limited air travel with China and completely suspended regional regular flights between the countries due to the coronavirus outbreak.
NordStar Airlines сancels flights to China’s Hainan amid virus outbreak
Russian airline NordStar has suspended flights from Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo Airport to the resort city of Sanya in China’s southern province of Hainan.
Russia puts Chinese tourists groups on hold amid virus outbreak
Russian tour operators have put group tours from China on hold as the country is fighting the outbreak of the coronavirus. The travel ban for Chinese tourists may reduce tourist flow from China in the first quarter of 2020 by some 70-80%.
Russian tour operator reduced flight program to Hainan
Tartus Tour announced the adjustment of a flight program from Russian regions to Hainan (Haikou Airport). So, the flights departed from Yekaterinburg (three flights a week) and Tyumen (two flights a week), which were announced in December, were postponed to February 6 and 7, respectively. And the number of departures was reduced to one per week.
Where Russians wait for winter
The travel service Tutu.ru analyzed all air tickets, sold from any city in Russia, with travel dates from December 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020 and compiled a rating of destinations that are most popular.
Ural Airlines to launch flights from Yekaterinburg and Tyumen to Haikou in February
Ural Airlines will begin operating flights from Yekaterinburg and Tyumen to Haikou (Hainan Island, China) in February
Russia is in TOP-20 destinations for Chinese travellers
Trip.com Group and UnionPay International, have jointly published the “2019 Chinese Outbound Travel Consumption Report”. The report, combining big data derived from outbound travel product orders and overseas bank card transactions by Chinese nationals provides insights into the cross-border travel consumption trends of Chinese travellers. According to the statistics from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, Chinese nationals made more outbound travel expenditures than travellers from any other country, with total consumption reaching US$ 127.5 billion. January — November 2019 Travel Report, top 20 destinations for Chinese travellers are: Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, Cambodia, Philippines, Russia, Australia, Italy, UAE, Turkey, France, UK,Myanmar, Maldives, Germany, and New Zealand.