The third largest country in the world, strictly quarantined for the last 3 years, is finally opening up for Russians. We are talking about China: according to TASS, the issuance of tourist visas to the Celestial Empire has been resumed for Russian tourists. The agency refers to the relevant statement of the Chinese Ambassador to Russia. As for Chinese tourists, they can be expected in Russia from the beginning of February.
“We have already opened tourist visas. As far as I know, there are no restrictions for issuing visas,” Chinese Ambassador to the Russian Federation Zhang Hanhui told TASS. He noted that only a small number of flights between Russia and China can serve as an obstacle to restoring the flow of tourists, but expressed hope that the situation will change soon.
As for Chinese tourists, they can be expected in Russia from beginning of February. According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, from February 6, travel agencies and online companies in the country will be allowed to resume “in test mode” the organization of outbound group tours and the “air ticket plus hotel” service for Chinese tourists, including to Russia.
OUR REFERENCE: China is considered the third largest country in the world – in terms of area it is second only to Russia and Canada. At the same time, it retains the first place in terms of population – at the moment it is 1.425 billion, although India is rapidly approaching it – 1.410 billion. For comparison, there are only 38.5 million inhabitants of Canada. China is also declared the second economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP.
At the same time, in the “pre-Covid” years, China supplied a huge number of tourists to the whole world – the number of those leaving reached almost 100 million trips abroad per year. Basically, the “blow” was taken by neighboring states, such as Thailand and South Korea, to Russia before the covid, the Chinese tourist flow also grew, which often led to scandals on the topic of the “Chinese mafia”. At the same time, the inbound tourist flow to China was about two-thirds less, the number of foreign tourists did not reach 30 million. And Russia, by the way, was among the leaders of the “suppliers”. As, however, and the United States.
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