Russian Travel agency in Israel
Starting at 1 a.m. on September 20, 2008, Russian tourists can visit Israel without visas. All they need to have is a foreign travel passport valid for at least six months on the date of entry. (Russians have two passports – one for domestic use and one for travelling abroad). Russian visitors have to be ready to present booked return flights, hotel reservations or letters of invitation from relatives, and funds availability for the period of their stay. The entry to the country is free, and maximum visa-free stay cannot exceed 90 days at a time.
The agreement between Russia and Israel is mutual and was signed on March 20, however, it took half a year to figure out the legal nuances. The law is the result of close ties between the two nations. Many families have relatives in both countries, the result of the mass immigration from the Soviet Union to Israel in the 1970s and 1990s. Sixteen percent of Israelis are fluent in the Russian language, and Israeli government and businesses often provide information in Russian. The Russian language is semi-official in Israel and featured on roadway signs in some areas of the country.
Aside from the family factor, Israel is a very popular tourist destination among Russians for its history, culture, hospitality towards Russians, and warm beaches. Russians, having experienced the tragic terror attacks that occurred in Russia during the years of war in Chechnya, aren’t easily scared by the terrorist threats in Israel. In 2007, 193, 000 Russian tourists visited Israel. Israel will spend $3 million in Russia on an advertisement campaign portraying the country as a sunny beach destination. The amount of Russian tourists visiting Israel is expected to grow to 300, 000 in 2008.
Maan News Agency
Digital Text Feeds (Maan Network)
You might also like:
Turkish tourism reaches out to Israeli ad2010-08-16 23:03:54 by GreenEyedUziGirl
The Turkish Tourism Ministry has sent Israeli advertising firms an invitation to participate in a tender to run its foreign advertising campaigns.
Ummm, it IS already in everyone's hands now2009-10-06 18:29:19 by web-maven
The access to all, the freedom to worship, the entire tourism industry of Jerusalem, was made possible ONLY by Israeli actions.
Prior to 1967 (despite signed Agreements from 1949 at Rhodes) the entire place was a freakin' mess and neither Jews nor Christians had full access under Jordanian/Arab rule.
You know what the Rhodes Agreements said?
The United Nations established super...usalem roads; resumption of the normal functioning of the cultural and humanitarian institutions on Mount Scopus and free access thereto; free access to the Holy Places and cultural institutions and use of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives; resumption of operation of the Latrun pumping station; provision of electricity for the Old City; and resumption of operation of the railroad to Jerusalem.
CNN Washington AM Note — CNN
Under the new procedures, all case agents will be alerted when a person who is in one of the government's databases travels, regardless of whether an investigation of the person is still open.