In the first quarter of 2023, almost 3,3 million foreigners visited Russia with all purposes, of which about 68 thousand for the purpose of tourism. This is follows from the statistics of Border Service of Russia.
Over the three months of 2023, 3,26 million foreigners entered Russia, which is 17,6% more than in the same period last year and 49% less than in pre-pandemic 2019.
Most often, citizens of the CIS countries visited Russia: Uzbekistan took the first place (818 thousand), Kazakhstan was on the second place (604,5 thousand), Tajikistan closed the top three (516,4 thousand). They are followed by Kyrgyzstan (244,2 thousand) and Abkhazia (172,9 thousand).
Also in the TOP-10 were Armenia (125,9 thousand), Azerbaijan (94,9 thousand), China (84,2 thousand), Belarus (67 thousand) and Ukraine (55,5 thousand).
The second TOP-10 includes Turkey (53,2 thousand), Mongolia (50,8 thousand), South Ossetia (34,9 thousand), Moldova (26,1 thousand), Philippines (25,9 thousand), Finland (23,7 thousand), India (21,4 thousand), Estonia (20,7 thousand), Georgia (18,7 thousand) and Lithuania (14,2 thousand).
It is interesting, that the number of trips to the Russian Federation from the Baltic countries and Poland has increased significantly compared to the same period last year. Thus, arrivals into the Russian Federation from Estonia doubled - up to 20.7 thousand, from Lithuania this figure increased by 42,5% (9,5 thousand), from Latvia by 31,7% (14,2 thousand) and from Poland by 69,1% (9,3 thousand).
In total, 67,7 thousand foreign tourists visited Russia in January-March, which is 17,3% more than in the same period last year, but 85,6% less than in pre-pandemic 2019.
Turkey has become the absolute leader in terms of tourist flow to the Russian Federation - 10 thousand travelers came from there, which is twice as many as in 2022. In the second place is China, from where 6,2 thousand tourists came. Germany closes the top three (5 thousand, minus 23,7%).
The TOP-10 in terms of tourist flow to the Russian Federation also includes Tajikistan (3,3 thousand), Poland (2,3 thousand), Iran (2 thousand), Kazakhstan (1,9 thousand) and Vietnam (1,8 thousand).