COVID-19 has ripped through the travel industry like a tsunami, grounding airlines, emptying hotels, halting rail and putting a stop to almost all business and leisure travel for several months. However, we are optimistic that recovery will happen quickly, and we are currently doing our best to provide safe and secure tours to Russia 2021. Here are our benefits:

  • All tours are private
  • All our vehicles are clean and sanitized
  • Our drivers wear masks
  • Our guides are all healthy with negative covid test results
  • We providehand  sanitizers, face masks and gloves for our tourists
  • We don’t go to crowded places
  • We buy special VIP tickets through VIP entrances to museum

In the near future, we believe people will continue to travel abroad, buy tours to Russia 2021 and come back to normal life.

For the international travels coming to Russia by planes or trains we advise:

  1. Wear a mask in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  2. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and after you have been in a public place.
  4. Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  5. Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  6. The safest option is to bring your own food. If you don’t bring your own food, use drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick-up options.

Last updates according to Russian visas :

Under the new regulations, citizens of 53 countries, including EU member states, China, Japan, India and Turkey, will be able to obtain 16-day, single-entry tourist visas online from Jan. 1, 2021, Kommersant reported. Foreigners will be asked to apply on the Russian Foreign Ministry website for the visas, which will be issued no more than four days after applying and will be valid for 60 days after issuance. The visas will cost about $50 for adults and will be free for children aged 6 and under.

Additional precautions to enter Russia in 2021:

The Russian government requires that all foreign travelers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival, dated no later than three days prior to arrival in Russia. Besides, mandatory temperature screenings and other diagnostic and protective measures are being implemented at international airports and other major transit hubs.

Are commercial flights operating? Yes

The Russian Government is allowing regular international flights to resume to certain countries, including to Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Switzerland, Serbia, South Korea, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. Limited numbers of flights are available to other locations. Air travel remains erratic and subject to cancellations. Aeroflot continues to have weekly flights from Moscow to New York.

Is public transportation operating? Yes

Wearing a mask is required on public transportation throughout the country. In addition, wearing gloves remains mandatory on public transportation in Moscow.

ShowmeRussia team is also a part of the #Travel Tomorrow project and we are also monitoring the situation with the Corona virus outbreak and the global traveling. We fully understand the concerns of the tourists (who were planning to visit Russia by cruise ships in 2020), but we do believe here that in 1 or 2 months the situation will change for better and all the countries will start opening the boundaries. According to the cruise ship shore excursions 2020, we are expecting the first ones coming in June-July. Fortunately, Russian statistics with people infected by coronavirus is quite low, here in St-Petersburg we have only 3000 cases and just 27 people died (this statistics is for April 26). I hope that Baltic cruises will start earlier than Mediterranean ones.
So, together with Russian government and the Russian Travel association, we’ve decided to introduce some innovative ideas how to help our tourists to overcome the crisis and continue traveling in the nearest future:
1) For all the pre-paid bookings we created special certificates so you can choose to change a booking confirmation into a certificate which can be used by you or any of your friends (it will have no name on it). You or your friends can come to Russia by cruise ship or by plane or by train – it doesn’t matter. Booking certificate will cover 20%, 30% or 50% price for the private transportation,  tours to the Catherine palace, Peterhof park tours, Hermitage museum tours, Faberge museum excursions and the most beautiful Russian churches – St Isaacs, Church on the Spilled Blood and St Peter and St Paul cathedral.
2) If you don’t want to use a certificate, we can simply “lock” the price of your tour (which you already picked on our website) for your future tour to Russia, when you come, you can pay us on the day of the tour. And we will be also happy to present you free tickets to Russian Ballet or a Folk-show performance once you come. (Some of our tourists already chose this option and moved the date of their cruise ship trip to the next Summer 2021).
3) If you don’t want to use the certificate and to change the date of your tour, we will of course send you 100% refund due to the Covid-19.
All the global tourism is suffering now as tourism has been the worst affected of all major economic sectors but we are doing our best to survive and to find the ways out of this situation.
Stay healthy and take care,
Your ShowmeRussia Team
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