Russia Mulls Visa-Free Entry for Arctic Tourists

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The Russian Ministry of Culture is backing new proposals to give foreigners onboard cruise ships visa-free entry to Arctic ports including Arkhangelsk and Murmansk.

According to the RNS agency, tourists would be allowed a 72-hour stay in a bid to boost tourism in Russia's far north.

The legislative amendments, which have now been submitted for public discussion, states that the new visa regime for Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and Zarubino ports will make the Arctic more accessible to foreign tourists.

The three northern ports would be joining a host of different Russian cities already allowing visitors to enter visa free: St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Vyborg, Kaliningrad, Korsakov, Novorossiysk, and Sochi.