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In Primorye can simplify visa-free regime with China
The issue of reducing the minimum number of tourists in the group, having the opportunity to visit Russia and China without visas, from 5 to 3 people discussed 14 in Primorye, the press service of the governor said.
As noted by the vice-governor of the Primorsky Territory Tatyana Zabolotnaya, this issue was touched upon during the IV Russian-Chinese Forum on Cross-border Tourism between the regions of the Far East and Eastern Siberia and the Northeast of the PRC. The forum is held on 14-15 October on the FEFU campus on Russky Island.
This, in particular, is about possible changes to the Intergovernmental Agreement on visa-free group travel, concluded between Russia and China in 2000 year.
“14 years have passed since the agreement was signed, and the modern tourism sector requires changes,” said Tatiana Zabolotnaya.
The administration of Primorsky Krai has already appealed to the Rosturizm with a proposal to work out changes to the Intergovernmental Agreement.
As the director of the Department of International Cooperation and Tourism Development of Primorye Alexey Starichkov said, today this issue is under consideration both of Rosturizm and the Main Directorate of Tourism of the PRC.
Today, according to the Intergovernmental Agreement, Russian tourists of at least 5 people can visit China as part of a tourist group without a visa. Group exchanges are carried out by authorized travel organizations of Russia and China. The term of a tourist group on the territory of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China shall not exceed 15 days.