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Latvia has extended the entry ban for Russian citizens until March 2024
Latvia has extended the entry ban for Russian citizens until March 2024. One of the first measures taken by Latvia on July 29 was to suspend all types of visa applications from Russian citizens, including for humanitarian reasons.
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.
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 Railways ceases international train transport with Latvia, Ukraine and Moldova amid coronavirus outbreak
The Russian Railways have announced the termination of international trains with Latvia starting March 15, and with Ukraine and Moldova on March 17.
Latvia’s airBaltic to launch new Yekaterinburg flights in 2020
A new summer seasonal route between Riga and Russia’s Yekaterinburg will be launched by Latvian airline airBaltic on April 1. The new connection will offer more convenient travel options for travelers from the Baltics and Russia to the airline’s network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS, and the Middle East.
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
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.
Latvia will deprive tour operators of the opportunity to file documents for visas. Tourists will have to do it themselves
On Thursday, July 20, tour operators working with the Baltic States received an official letter from the Latvian Embassy in Russia. In it, the embassy noted that very few tourists come to the country through Russian providers of tourist services. "Despite a sharp increase of the number of issued visas by the embassy in 2016 and in the first half of 2017, less than 5% of the total number of visas were filed by accredited travel companies, which indicates that the form of current cooperation is ineffective and requires changes", - the letter says.
Riga and Jurmala are the leaders in the preferences of Russians who choose the Baltic countries for holiday
Russia, despite the times of crisis, has held the positions on the Serbian market. In January-July 2016, 24 408 Russian tourists visited Serbia – about as much as in the same period a year ago. At the same time Russia is the absolute leader among all the countries in the duration of stay in Serbia.
The number of Russian tourists in hotels in Latvia has decreased by almost 40%
In the second quarter of 2015, the number of visitors from Russia in Latvian hotels decreased by 37%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau of the country (CSB). Meanwhile, the total number of international tourists accommodated in Latvian hotels in the same period, increased by 2.4% compared to 2014 and amounted to 577.6 thousand people. Among them, 81.1% of international tourists stayed in Riga, 7.6% - in Jurmala, 1.7% - in Sigulda region, 1.3% - in Liepaja, 0.9% - in Daugavpils and Ventspils.