Important tourism news of the week: new flights abroad, paid visas and crush in Seoul
End of October and beginning of November were tense. In Seoul during the Halloween crush four Russian citizens were killed, the EU countries are no longer “loyal” to the Russian tourists: even Cyprus will now have to pay for visas. But there was also a positive: several countries have lifted all quotas on entry and several airlines resumed flights abroad. Read about the most important events of the week in the RIA Novosti digest.
The largest stampede in the history of South Korea occurred in Seoul. At least 156 people were killed, including four Russian women, and 187 locals and foreigners were injured during the Halloween celebration in Itaewon district on October 29.
Visa to Cyprus will be paid for Russians from December 1. Adult applicants will have to pay 80 euros for the registration, children from 6 to 12 years – 40. Before the new rules come into force it is possible to make entry documents for free.
Peru has cancelled all coronavirus restrictions for foreign tourists – the first time in 2.5 years. Since November 1, travelers will no longer have to show documents confirming their anticovid status. Then Ethiopia and Algeria also announced the removal of covids.
The Philippines also announced plans to relax entry regulations. The country will start allowing unvaccinated people in (with an antigen test no older than 24 hours) and cancel PCR for vaccinated but not booster-dose travelers. However, when this will happen is unknown: there are no exact dates yet for the new measures to take effect.
All Russian airlines (53 carriers) have completed the transition to domestic reservation systems. This was done to ensure information security and protection of personal data of crews and passengers.