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The ban on entering the Baltic countries for Russian citizens will come into force within 10 days
The ban for Russian citizens with Schengen visas to cross the borders of the Baltic countries will come into force in the next ten days.
All bus tickets from St. Petersburg to Tallinn and Helsinki for July are sold out
International bus carriers Lux Express and Ecolines note the boom in demand for bus services from St. Petersburg to Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland) amid the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
Estonia will establish strict rules for crossing the border
Estonia will prepare a draft law on border crossing. The most stringent entry rules will be established for Russia, which is struggling with the outbreak of the «delta» variant of the coronavirus.
Aeroflot to open flights to Tallinn
The Russian airline Aeroflot is planning to launch flights between Tallinn and Moscow in August, but Tallinn Airport and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications said that the opening of routes nevertheless depends on the epidemiological situation in Russia and the number of new infections
Tours to the Baltic States for New Year are already available for booking
The tour operator Intourist, two and a half months earlier than usual seasonal terms, announced the opening of sales of tours to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the New Year and winter holidays 2020-2021.
Russian tourists are in the 2-nd place in Estonia
In comparison with 2018, the number of foreign tourists in Estonia increased by 5%, and the number of Russian tourists has grown by 9%.
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).
Intourist launches New Year's charter railway tours to the Baltic States
During the upcoming New Year and Christmas holidays, Russian tourists will be able to go to the Baltic States by charter railway tours. Intourist launches sightseeing tours to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the New Year and Christmas holidays.
Outbound tourist flow in the I quarter of 2019: where did the Russians rest in winter
Belavia is opening regular flights to Tallinn
On May 30, 2019 Belavia-Belarusian Airlines is opening regular flights on the route Minsk-Tallinn-Minsk. Flights to Tallinn will be carried out on a regular basis 4 times a week with the departure from Minsk at 08.50 on Mondays, Thursdays and at 15.50 on Tuesdays and Saturdays with arriving at the Lennart Meri Tallinn International Airport. It is planned to carry out the return flight from Tallinn with departure at 10.45 on Mondays, Thursdays and at 17.45 on Tuesdays and Saturdays with arriving at Minsk National Airport. The time for all airports is local.
Bookings of New Year tours in the Baltic States are growing
There has been an increase in sales of Christmas tours in the Baltic countries. According to market participants, working on the destination, the number of bookings has increased by an average of 10%, compared with the same period of 2017. The depth of sales has also grown - it is already over 2.5 months.
Tallink Silja became the world’s first Cruise Line to serve MSC certified seafood
All ships operating between Helsinki-Stockholm Silja Serenade and Silja Symphony; Turku- Stockholm Baltic Princess and Galaxy; Helsinki-Tallinn Silja Europa and Shuttles Star and Megastar now offer sustainable and traceable MSC certified shrimp and herring. The first MSC Chain of Custody certification of these cruise ships is a clear step forward in the sustainable seafood movement. So, Tallink Silja company continues idea of developing food and beverage concept on its ships.
The flow of tourists from Russia to Estonia continues to grow
From January to April 2018 about 389,000 local and 517,000 foreign tourists lived in Estonian hotels. In comparison with the same period in 2017 the number of tourists increased by 2% and 3% respectively. The number of tourists from Russia since the beginning of the year till April 2018 reached 93 thousand, the growth is 18%.against the same period of 2017.
Russians travel more often to Estonia, but more and more - independently
For the first quarter of 2018 the Russian tourist flow to Estonia grew by 17. As Ilona Kobeian, the representative of VisitEstonia in Moscow, reported nearly 74 thousand Russian tourists visited Estonia in the first quarter, the number of nights exceeded 156 thousand. "Over the first three months the number of tourists has increased by 17%, the number of night stays has increased by 16%.
The tourist flow from Russia to Tallinn has increased
“The tourist flow from Russia to the Estonian capital increased by 17% in January in comparison with the same period of the last year - up to 23.9 thousand people”, - reported the press service of the Tallinn mayor’s office. Most tourists in January came to Tallinn from Finland - 32.8 thousand, an increase of 6%.
Estonian airline Nordica will start flights between Tallinn and St. Petersburg from 15 May
“In 2017 the Estonian national airline Nordica will begin flights from Tallinn on three new routes - to St. Petersburg, Hamburg and Gothenburg”, - said the company's sales manager Toomas Uibo. The flights Tallinn - St. Petersburg and back will be performed three times a week, the first flight will be launched on May 15.
An increase of tourist flow from Russia is noted in Estonia
After the recession of the number of Russian tourists in 2014-2015, the growth of the country's popularity among Russians in Estonia is noted again. As the Department of Statistics of Estonia reported on Monday, the number of Russian tourists increased by 8% in 2016 against 2015. The total number of domestic and foreign tourists increased by 7%. Among the total number of tourists, stayed for the night, 46% of guests were from Finland, 10% - from Russia and 7% - from Latvia. The number of tourists from Germany, Sweden and Lithuania has increased also.
Russian tourist flow to Estonia increased by 17% in November
The number of tourists from Russia to Estonia increased compared to November 2015 by 17%. According to information of the Department of Statistics, released on Monday, the proportion of Russians among the tourists accounted 13%, they are on the second place among the total number of foreigners visiting the country.
Estonian party has proposed a 72-hour visa-free regime with Russia
In Estonia, the Council of the Party of National Unity (GNU) proposed to introduce a 72-hour visa-free regime with Russia. As the press-department of the party reported, it is essential to help revive the tourism sector, which has recently significant losses. As stated in a press release, Vice-Chairman of the Board Jan Snite party noted that, "the government for many years ignores the possibility of the development of tourism with Russia; it is time to stop this policy, causing economic damage to our people."
Tourists' flow from Russia to Estonia in June fell by more than 30%
The number of Russian tourists to Estonia in June 2015 decreased by 30.9%, or by 6,914 people, the Department of Statistics of Estonia said on Monday. This is the largest decline in comparison with other countries. The number of tourists from Russia was steadily declining during all months of the first half of the year compared to the same period of the last year.
The number of Russian tourists to Estonia decreased by 38%
The number of Russians who choose holidays in Estonia fell by 38% in April this year compared with the same month in 2014. According to official statistics, the number of visitors from Finland, another main tourist partner country, also decreased by 3%.
The number of Russian tourists in Estonia in March fell by almost half
The number of Russian tourists to Estonia fell in March by 43% compared to March 2014, the Department of Statistics of Estonia said on Monday. This reduction, coupled with the decrease of tourists from Finland by 11% could not offset the increase in the number of visitors from the most important partner countries, including Latvia (+ 7%), Sweden (+ 18%), Germany (+ 13% ).
Railway connection between Tallinn and St. Petersburg is terminated
On Monday, 11.05.2015, the passenger train on the line Tallinn - St. Petersburg made its last trip because of the company decision temporarily to stop the line. "We were forced to stop temporarily the traffic on that route, as the economic and political situation does not allow to continue working. Thanks to all our passengers and we hope that we will have the opportunity to serve you again in the future", GoRail company informed.