Cruise ferries from St. Petersburg will not be launched after the opening of borders

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    Cruise ferries from St. Petersburg will not be launched after the opening of borders


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    International sea travel from St. Petersburg depends on many circumstances, including the general political situation. About it “Nevsky news” said the general director of the ferry company Sergey Kotenev.

    Since June 30, Finland has lifted restrictions for Russian tourists imposed due to COVID-19 and visa restrictions since July 1. However, despite the opening of borders, the launch of ferry cruises from St. Petersburg to Europe in the middle of the season is not possible, the expert believes.

    “Previously, there was a regime of visa-free stay in Russia, provided that the passenger stays in the country on a cruise ship or ferry. Now everything has changed. So far, we do not see any prospects for resuming ferry traffic between Russia and the EU countries due to the general political situation,” Kotenev explained, emphasizing that it is difficult to assess the risks associated with accepting Russian passengers on a ship under a foreign flag on the territory of the European Union.

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