According to the broadcaster, since February 2022 it has become more difficult for Russians to travel to Europe, but this does not mean at all that they have stopped traveling. For example, last year tourists from Russia made about 22.5 million trips abroad compared to 19.2 million in 2021. And today, journalists believe, these figures will be even higher.
Turkey, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the Maldives and Egypt recorded the largest increase in the number of guests from the Russian Federation. For individual states, stimulating Russian tourism has become a way to balance economic ties with the Russian Federation. This can be said of Turkey, which is one of the largest consumers of Russian energy, and its tourism industry is highly dependent on tourists from Russia.
The story cites data from Fly4free, according to which, 15 months after the start of the special operation, “more and more countries are making it easier for Russians to cross borders.” These include Sri Lanka, Morocco, and Thailand. And the authorities of India, Myanmar and Oman not long ago held talks with the Russian leadership on the development of tourism. At the same time, the list of countries that are available to Russians is getting longer with time, Radio ZET concluded.