GENERICO.ruEconomicsA complete abolition of visas between Russia and China is not yet required, the Ministry of Economic Development said

A complete abolition of visas between Russia and China is not yet required, the Ministry of Economic Development said

MOSCOW, March 19 A complete abolition of visas between Russia and China is not required at the moment; the mechanism for group visa-free tourist exchange is sufficient for now, the director of the department told reporters multilateral economic cooperation and special projects of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Nikita Kondratyev.
“At the moment this is not required,” Kondratiev answered the question of whether Russia plans to cancel visas with China.

“We are now analyzing how our group visa-free mechanism works. In fact, it is still enough tourists moved freely, and both Chinese and Russian citizens actively use it. It is also free, there is no commission for it. In fact, it is the same visa-free regime,” he added.

Kondratyev explained that within the framework of a visa-free group exchange, it is easier to analyze the tourist flow, track requests, problem areas of tourists and see what points of attraction they visit. “This is a more organized process in terms of understanding the request of a Chinese tourist… This allows us to better refine the hospitality service… There is a huge flow from China, and it is important for us to receive aggregated information. If there is a visa-free regime, most likely there will be some issues in terms of monitoring and the analysis of tourists will leak out,” Kondratyev clarified.
The Russian Union of Tourism Industry (RST) reported in early February that the most effective step to increase the massive flow from China would be the complete abolition of visas for citizens of this country.
Russia and China launched a visa-free group tourist exchange from August 1, 2023, as part of an intergovernmental agreement.

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