Izvestia Daily reported that tour companies want to bring foreigners who want to get a coronavirus vaccine to Russia in groups of floating people.
Vaccination continues to become more widespread in Russia, which has no shortage of vaccines compared to the rest of the world and continues to send vaccines to many countries.
Now, even in the private cabins installed in shopping malls, free vaccinations are given to citizens, while registrations of everyone who wants to be vaccinated without category discrimination have started to be obtained through the e-government system.
Now the issue of “vaccine tourism” has come up…
Izvestia Daily reported that tour companies want to bring foreigners who want to get a coronavirus vaccine to Russia in groups of floating people. The report says there is a serious demand for vaccinations in Russia, especially in South East Asian and Latin American countries.
A representative of tour operator Intourist told the newspaper that they had received too many questions about this from foreign companies with which they do business. The representative also expresses readiness to organize charter flights for floating people if the necessary permits are obtained.
EXPERTS DON’T FIND IT REAL
As of January 1, 2021, citizens of more than 50 countries can enter Russia as tourists.
However, the electronic visa application, previously announced to start on January 1st, has been postponed to an uncertain date due to the pandemic.
Starting on February 1st, Russia is also opening the doors to citizens of member states of the Eurasian Economic Commission. Accordingly, citizens of Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will be able to enter Russia.
Officials of the Russian Tourism Agency (Rosturism), reached by izvestia daily, have not commented on the issue.
Other experts told the paper that while there are not yet enough vaccines for Russian citizens, they do not consider the possibility of vaccinations for foreigners realistic.