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From March 1, Georgia will be opened to Russians with a negative PCR test
Since March 1, Russian tourists will be able to enter Georgia. For this they will need to provide a negative PCR test for coronavirus.
The flow of tourists from Russia to Georgia decreased by 5,5 times for 8 months
191 700 Russian citizens visited Georgia in January-August 2020, which is 5,5 times less than the figure for the same period in 2019.
Georgia intends to open border with Russia in August
Georgia expects to open a land border with Russia in August this year. In addition to land borders, the Georgian side is ready to resume direct flights to Russia.
Georgia is waiting for Russian tourists
Georgia marked the dates of its opening after the pandemic. According to them, the country will be opened for domestic tourism on June 1, and it will open the borders for international tourists on June 15.
Russian tourist flow to Georgia decreased by 10,5% in January-February
In January-February, 139,2 thousand Russian citizens visited Georgia, which is 10,5% less than the figure for the same period in 2019.
Flight ban cost Georgia 100 000 less Russian tourists in 2019
Six months after Russia suspended direct flights to and from Georgia, the Caucasus country has recorded around 100 000 less Russian tourists than in the same period of 2018.
Russian tourists named the countries they like to return to
Independent Russian travelers named the countries in which they like to return most of all, Turkey was the leader.
Russia-Georgia flights to remain suspended until January
A decision on lifting an ongoing Russian ban on flights to and from Georgia should not be expected by the end of the year. In the third quarter of 2019 Georgia has lost more than 100 000 tourists from the Russian Federation.
Russian air carriers lost $50mn from Moscow’s Georgia flight ban
Russian airlines are looking for compensation from the government after the Kremlin’s ban on direct flights to Georgia. In the third quarter of 2019 Georgia has lost more than 100 000 tourists from the Russian Federation. Totally for three quarters of the year, 213 300 Russian tourists visited Georgia.
Tourist flow from Russia to Georgia decreased by 100 000 people
In the third quarter of 2019 Georgia has lost more than 100 thousand tourists from the Russian Federation. The decrease in tourist flow from January to September from Russia to Georgia amounted to 3,5%.
Business travelers increasingly choose Armenia and Belarus for business trips
Experts from Aeroclub business tourism agency analyzed airline reservations made by business representatives from Russia over five years, and found out what trends changed in business trips to neighboring countries in 2019.
Russian airlines will fly to Georgia again
The Federal Air Transport Agency issued an admission to S7 Airlines for 7 flights a week to Kutaisi. This is the first admission of a Russian airline to flights to Georgia after the termination of flights to this country in June 2019.
The flow of Russian tourists to Georgia decreased
The Russians retained their leadership in the number of foreign guests who visited Georgia, the total number of which in the first month of autumn amounted to 974 thousand people, which is 2,8% more than a year earlier.
The State Duma believes that Georgia did not ensure the safety of Russian tourists
According to the representative of the Russian State Duma Committee, there are no sufficient security guarantees for Russian tourists in Georgia and therefore there are no reasons for resuming flights there.
Armenia and Azerbaijan won from Georgia’s closure for Russian tourists
Other countries of the Transcaucasus, Armenia and Azerbaijan, where tour operators saw a noticeable increase, benefited from the closure of Georgia. Also, Turkey, the Black Sea coast of Russia and Abkhazia note an increase of the Russian tourist flow. This assessment was voiced at a press conference by the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze
Russians go to Georgia by train, after air traffic is stopped
"108 210 tourists from Russia visited Georgia in July 2019 instead of 127 060 in July last year. The number of Russian tourists who came to Georgia by railway (via Baku) increased by 85% compared to the same period last year, by sea way - by 57,9% and land way - by 7,1 %. Accordingly, if in July last year 124 990 citizens of Russia drove along Vladikavkaz-Tbilisi highway, then this year already 133 830 Russians chose a car to go to Georgia. Almost 36% of the guests name vacation as the main purpose of their visit to Georgia, 21,6% - visiting friends and relatives and 15,5% - the desire to travel from Georgia to other countries."
Russian tourists staying in Georgia despite Kremlin’s warnings about safety
Despite stark warnings for Russian tourists from their home country about safety issues in Georgia, following anti-Russian protests in Tbilisi, visitors in the Caucasus country remain largely unfazed by the situation. The flare-up in relations began when Georgian protesters tried to storm parliament in the capital, Tbilisi, last week.
Georgia estimated the loss from the Russian tourist traffic
In connection with the flight ban imposed by the Russian authorities, the tourist flow from Russia to Georgia will be reduced by 1 million tourists, which will significantly affect the economy of the Republic. This was reported by the head of the National Tourism Administration Mariam Kvrivishvili.
Putin forbade Russian airlines to fly to Georgia
On Friday, June 21, Putin forbade Russian airlines to fly to Georgia, and ordered the government to return tourists to Russia. The Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning Russian airlines to transport passengers from Russia to Georgia. Restrictions will take effect on July 8. Information about this is published on the official website of the Kremlin. In particular, the flights between countries should be suspended by such companies as S7, Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, Pobeda, Red Wings and Nordavia.
Georgia estimated losses from the suspension of air links with Russia
Georgia estimated the economic consequences of the temporary suspension of direct flights from Russia. According to Georgian media reports, the tourism sector of Georgia will lose at least $ 100 million due to the suspension of direct flights from Russia.
The number of visits of the Russians to Georgia increased by 14% for five months
539.4 thousand citizens of Russia visited Georgia over January-May 2019 period, which is 14% more than in the same period of 2018, according to the National Tourism Administration of the Republic.
Sales of beach tours to Georgia grow in regions of Russia
In the 2019 season, the flow of tourists from the Russian regions to the beach resorts of Georgia increased. It is not surprising - Georgian hoteliers provide special offers. Prices for a week at a 3* hotel on BB start from 42 thousand Rubles (582 Euros) for two persons. The demand also increased by the launch of new direct flights to Batumi from regions.
Pobeda will fly from Rostov-on-Don to Batumi
The new regular international flight has appeared in the timetable of the airport Platov. Starting from 07.06.2019 Pobeda Airlines will fulfil flights on the air crafts Boeing 737 to Batumi. This town is the Georgian resort on the Black sea coast. There will be four flights a week: on Monday, Wednesday, Friday with departure at 16:00 and arrival time to Batumi at 18:30, on Saturday with departure at 13:00 and with arrival at 15:30 to Batumi.
Russian tourist aggregator Momondo has published the list of the most budget destinations in 2019.
The flow of Russians in Georgia increased by almost a quarter for four months
In January-April 2019, 367.2 thousand Russian citizens visited Georgia, which is 23.1% more than in the same period of 2018, the National Tourism Administration of the Republic reported on Monday. In April, the number of Russians who visited Georgia increased by 26.5% compared to April last year - up to 113.1 thousand people, or 17.5% of all visitors, whose number in the second month of spring increased by 4.6% - to 647.8 thousand people.