The Russian government just passed a law that will soon allow foreigners flying into Russia to stay was 3 entire days without acquiring a visa. This will initially only apply to tourists coming into Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan, which are the three biggest Russian cities in terms of incoming and outgoing air traffic. This will also allow foreigners entry to those three cities provided that they are flying out of the country on a Russian airline. The government believes that this will increase yearly profits of touristic services from $391 million to $592 million and yearly hotel profits from $108.1 million to $162 million. Officials hope to extend this law by allowing foreign tourists to stay up to 10 days without a visa if they are visiting the country in order to attend music festivals, cultural events or sporting events.
Contributed by: Aljosa Stojanovic