13 May 2009
Russian visa not necessary for tourists on cruisers
The Russian information centre has reassured tourists that a Russian visa is unnecessary for foreign nationals on a cruise ship entering Russia temporarily.
Tourists will not need a Russian visa if their cruiser remains in St. Petersburg port for 48 hours or less. Passengers have the freedom of visiting greater Russia during those two days, including Moscow.
The Russian visa waiver agreement is an initiative to encourage more cruisers and passengers to choose a Russian port as one of their destinations, so that tourism to the country can pick up.
The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in Russian visa and immigration services.