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Russian visa about

Foreign tourists may find it easier to visit Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has proposed simplifying the receipt of tourist visas.
It is proposed to cancel the requirement, receive confirmation from the tour operator. (A confirmation of the hotel reservation will be sufficient.)
It is also proposed to increase the maximum permitted stay of foreign citizens (who have received a tourist visa) in Russia from one month to six months.

Reminder: from October 01, citizens of some countries will be able to receive a free, electronic visa for a trip to St. Petersburg. Such a procedure already exists for travelers heading to and from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.

Idre Himmelfjäll - A new ski resort in Sweden

A new ski resort will be opened in Sweden this year. Opening of the ski resort Idre Himmelfjäll is scheduled for December 17, 2019. It is planned that the ski season will last until mid-April, but you can book a place to stay now.

Idre Himmelsfjäll ski resort is located in the west of Sweden, at a distance of about 500 kilometers from Stockholm. You can get here by train, by bus or by car.

At the first stage 18 ski slopes will be opened. Good conditions for recreation with children will be created at the ski resort.

Electronic visa to Russia

Citizens of 53 countries can get one-time electronic visas to visit the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federatio from July 1, 2019.

An electronic visa is issued free of charge for a period of 30 days and with an allowed stay in the territory of the Russian Federation up to eight days from the date of entry.

Electronic visas for visiting the Kaliningrad region are valid for entry and exit only through the following border points of the Russian Federation:

  • Airport "Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)".
  • Sea checkpoint (port) "Kaliningrad (sites in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly)".
  • Automobile checkpoints "Bagrationovsk", "Gusev", "Mamonovo (Grzekhotki)", "Mamonovo (Gronovo)", "Sea", "Pogranichny", "Sovetsk", "Chernyshevskoe".
  • Railway checkpoints "Mamonovo", "Sovetsk".

Foreign citizens who have received electronic visas have the right to be and move only within the Kaliningrad region.

Tourists can get a visa on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Electronic visas to visit Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities are planned to be introduced next year.

Citizens of 18 foreign countries can already get an electronic visa to enter
to the Russian Federation through the border checkpoints located on the territory of the Far East from August 8, 2017.

This can not be done in Rome

Useful reminder to tourists.
If you are planning to visit Rome, here are a few things you should not do in Rome (tourist information).
You can not:
Walking with a naked torso (men).
Eat food that can fall or spill in tourist places (for example ice cream).
Hang locks on bridges (as a symbol of eternal love).
Bathe in city fountains (and throw things at them, except coins).
Drag the suitcase (on wheels) along the steps of the "Spanish Steps" (do not cause damage to a popular landmark).

Bans are understandable to most people. Being a guest, do not do what you would not do at home.

New long water slide in Spain

The longest water slide in the world recently opened on the Costa Blanca in Spain.Recomendation "Cyclone" is located in the "Aqualandia" water park in Benidorm. It has a length of 200 meters.
The Aqualandia water park in Benidorm is the largest in the Costa Blanca region and one of the largest in the world.
The Costa Blanca is over 200 kilometres (120 mi) of Mediterranean coastline in the Alicante province, on the southeastern coast of Spain. It is popular summer holiday destination of Europe.
Learn more about Mediterranean coast of Spain.

The Eiffel Tower may look new in the future

The space around the Eiffel Tower is proposed to change in Paris. If the project is implemented, the Tower will be surrounded by a 54-hectare park, some streets will be planted with trees, and the bridge next to the tower will become a pedestrian bridge.
But for now this is only a project.

Turkey is a great place to spend holiday this year

Where to go on vacation this year? If price matters to you, then you should consider Turkey as one of the options. Turkey has long been one of the most inexpensive travel destinations, but the reduced rate of the Turkish lira made travel to Turkey even more profitable.
Learn more about Turkey (for travel enthusiasts).


Antalya wants more tourists

At a time when some cities want to limit the number of tourists (Venice, Amsterdam, Barcelona ...), Turkey wants more, much more!

In Antalya, tourists will be handing out postcards with views of the old city and other interesting places for FREE, in order to attract MORE tourists. The first circulation of cards will be 300 thousand pieces! It is believed that postcards will encourage tourists to visit new places.

The region of Antalya is the most popular region of Turkey among tourists from many countries. You will find here a warm climate, sandy beaches and the Mediterranean Sea -


There are many good beaches in Spain

The beaches of Spain get 669 blue flags this year. This is 25 less than in 2018, but still Spain remains the first in the world in this indicator.

Most blue flags are in Valencia (150), Catalonia (120) and Galicia (107).

The Blue Flag is an international award given annually to beaches and marinas, where water meets high quality standards and is suitable for safe swimming.

Learn more about Spain.

The patio festival started in Cordoba

The patio festival started in Cordoba on May 6 (Spain). The festival will last until May 19. Tourists can visit private courtyards, which are usually closed to outsiders. Courtyards will be open to the public from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00.
Learn more about Spain top events.

41 people died in a plane crash at Sheremetyevo airport

41 people died in a plane crash at Sheremetyevo airport on May 5, 2019 in Russia. This is 40 passengers and one flight attendant. 37 people survived. Six people were hospitalized, three of them are in serious condition.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft flew from Moscow to Murmansk. After 28 minutes of flight, the crew decided to urgently return to the airport. During a hard landing, the landing gear broke down and the engines caught fire. Then the fire spread to the entire tail of the aircraft. Perhaps the plane was struck by lightning after takeoff. The firemen were able to extinguish the flames in a few minutes.

The pilots did not try to develop fuel before landing and the aircraft boarded with full tanks. All details will be known after the end of the investigation.

Granite quarry as a landmark in Finland

The granite quarry is planned to be promoted as a tourist attraction in Finland. The quarry is famous for the fact that granite was mined there for the construction of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. In particular, in this quarry, blanks were made for the columns of the cathedral and for the Alexander Column, which is installed on Palace Square.

The granite quarry is located near the border with Russia, in the Virolahti municipality of Kymenlaakso province. More precisely - Cape Heponiemi, near the Pyterlahti.

The quarry, in which granite was mined for famous monuments of St. Petersburg, is located near the Petersburg-Helsinki highway, immediately after the Torfyanovka/Nujamaa checkpoint. Drive here will be easy.
It is not yet clear whether the quarry will be popular with tourists. For the convenience of tourists plan to build walkways, bridges and places for recreation.


Summer season opening in Sochi

The 2019 summer season opening festival will be held in Sochi on May 25th. The holiday season will be opened by a traditional carnival. The year 2019 is named "The Year of Theater" in Russia. Therefore, the theme of the carnival will be theater. The main slogan of the event: "Take the sun with you." The event is scheduled to start at 19:00.

The carnival procession will consist of several columns that will pass along Kurortny Prospect from the circus building to the Winter Theater. Festival will continue on Theater Square. Many events will also take place in other places, for example, in the Cherry Orchard, on Flag Square and on Navaginskaya Street.

Sochi is the most popular resort region of Russia. You will find a lot of information about Sochi here.


Some interesting May events in Thailand

You can attend these events if you are planning a trip to Thailand in May.

  • The Amazing Seafood Festival will be held on the Central Waterfront in Pattaya on May 10-12. This event will interest gourmets and seafood lovers.
  • The annual fireworks festival will be held May 24-25, 2019 on the Central Embankment of Pattaya (Beach Road).


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