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BAIKAL - BURYATIA: tourism and recreation

official website of the Republic of Buryatia in the field of tourism development

Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of China on visa-free group tourist trips

Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of China on visa-free group tourist trips

According to the world tourism organization, by 2020, China will become the most attractive country in the world for foreign tourists and at the same time the 4th largest country in the world in the number of tourists travelling abroad. As said Chinese experts, with the accelerating socio-economic development of China and improve the standard of living of the population is expected to be strong growth prospects of Chinese tourism.

In connection with the inclusion of Russia in the list of the States officially recommended for tourist visits by citizens of China, the government of the Russian Federation and the people's Republic of China, in the manner of a long-term experiment, adopted a special mechanism for cooperation and control of the group tourist travel visa-free and concluded in 2000 between the Government of the Russian Federation and the government of the people's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips. The purpose of the Agreement is the development of exchanges and cooperation in tourism and facilitating the Commission of group tourist trips of citizens of two States.

Thus, members of travel groups tourism organizations of one state can travel to another state with valid travel documents without a visa, entering and leaving groups through the border checkpoints open for bilateral and international passenger traffic.

The basic requirements of the intergovernmental agreement:

  • The exchange of lists of coordinating bodies, tourist organizations, the specimens of the stamps
  • The visa-free stay of tourist groups – up to 15 days
  • Skipping the tour group in the presence of a representative of the receiving tourist organization
  • Requirements to the contents of the list of groups (name, gender, date and place of birth, number and expiry date passport, date and points of entry and departure, itinerary, hotel name, title, address and telephone number of the receiving and guiding tourism organization)
  • The number of tourists in the group – not less than 5 and not more than 50 people.

In order to regulate the activities of travel annually approves the list of tourist organizations having special permission to perform such visits. In the Republic of Buryatia identified the following tourism organisations, having the right group of tourist exchanges:

  • OOO "Buryat-Intour",
  • OOO "Baikal Naran tour",
  • JSC "STC "Geser",
  • OOO "Maureen Tour",
  • OOO "Sputnik-Buryatia"
  • OOO "Tourist".

Every year travel companies of Buryatia sent to China to 20 thousand Russian tourists. Thus, in 2005, was sent to 11,100 people, in 2006 – 17120 people, and for 8 months. 2007 – 13125 people.

Taking Chinese tourists on a visa-free exchange only, OOO "Sputnik-Buryatia".

In the formation and buying a round should pay particular attention to those terms offered to visit a travel Agency:

  • the presence of advertising and information products about the country
  • itinerary with a detailed list of accommodation (address, proficiency, or "stardom" hotels, equipment rooms, etc.), visits (excursions)
  • information about the customs, traditions, peculiarities of conduct in the host country, national cuisine
  • the list of goods banned for export or import, restrictions on Luggage weight
  • the space of possible visits (excursions) in my free time, surcharge
  • contact phone numbers of representatives of the host firms

The coordination body for the implementation of this Agreement in the Republic of Buryatia, the Republican Agency for tourism. Contact phone: 21-27-14.