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Arrival of foreign tourists in Russia drops 25 times compared to 2019

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The arrival of foreign tourists to Russia in the first six months of 2022 fell out 19 times over the same period of, informed this Wednesday () the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (Actor).

According to a statement from Ator, between January and June of this year, 60,5 thousand foreigners visited Russia for tourist reasons.

In 2019, that number was 55, 4 thousand people . Before the Covid pandemic-13, Russia recorded around 2 million tourist visits in the first six months .

“Thus, in this period the external flow in relation to the year before the pandemic contracted 18 times”, reads the note.

According to Ator, the main obstacles to foreign tourism to Russia include the limited options for air travel to the country and the inability to use Visa and Mastercard cards in Russian territory due to Western sanctions.

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