Belarus is among top three Christmas destinations for Russians
Belarus has joined the list of top three most popular post-Soviet countries visited by Russian tourists during New Year and Christmas holidays
Photo by Ivan Yarivanovich
As reported by atorus.ru with reference to Russian tour operators, this year, the demand for tours to the CIS countries for New Year and Christmas celebrations is noticeably higher than it was last winter. Tours to Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are offered, with the rating topped by Armenia. It is followed by Belarus, while Uzbekistan occupies the third place.
Travel industry experts say the Belarusian destination has some advantages: well developed air services (it is possible to travel to Minsk by plane from any Russian million-plus city), a possibility to come upon having a PCR test or vaccination certificate, and also the absence of any restrictions on checking into hotels, visiting museums, restaurants and other public places.
"There are no restrictions for tourists in Belarus. Masks in public places are only needed,” Sergei Romashkin, the General Director of the Dolphin tour operator, comments. According to him, Russians are still going to Belarus for sanatorium treatment, while not so many sightseeing tours are booked.