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Russia to reopen Chukotka to foreign tourists

July 31, 2014, 20:12 UTC+3 ANADYR

Chukotka attracts tourists by its unique nature and original local traditions

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Chukotka landscape

Chukotka landscape

© ITAR-TASS/Andrei Shapran

ANADYR, July 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Foreign tourists from cruise liners will be allowed to visit Chukotka, which is Russia’s easternmost territory and has travel restrictions for foreigners, the region’s Governor Roman Kopin said on Thursday.

On July 28, the regional border guard service did not let a group of foreign tourists to come ashore. Eighty-three passengers from Austria, Argentina, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Canada, Latvia, the United States, South Africa and Switzerland had arrived by the Silver Discoverer.

The border guard service cited a letter from the Russian Tourism Agency which advised against receiving foreign cruises.

The governor said he had held consultations with the Agency and the Federal Security Service to work out the issue. “The misunderstanding has been resolved. All necessary documents for further implementation of the tourism program with visits to various destinations in the region by foreign cruise liners have been prepared,” Kopin said.

Chukotka attracts tourists by its unique nature and original local traditions.

The next cruise liner, Hanseatic, is scheduled to call at Provideniye on August 1. Travelling aboard it will be 161 tourists from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, the U.S., and Switzerland.

Chukotka’s authorities are expecting at least 16 foreign cruise liners and some 3,000 tourists to visit the region this year.

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