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Georgian Interior Ministry: the number of visitors from Russia has increased by 80%

2012-05-02 16:31

According to the IA Regnum, Georgian Interior Ministry has reported 80% increase in the number of Russian tourists after the abolition of visa regime.


In April 2012 Georgia was attended by over 300,000 people. According to the Interior Ministry, this is an unprecedently high figure which exceeds the figure for the same period last year by 61%. During the 4 months of the year (January-April), 978,521 people have crossed the border of Georgia, which is 45% more than the number of visitors recorded in January-April 2011.

According to the first four months of 2012, the major visitors of Georgia were from Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and Iran. The flow of visitors from EU countries has increased; but the main increase in the number of visitors was recorded among tourists from Moldova (73%) and Austria (83%).

Recall, March 1, Georgia unilaterally abolished visa regime with the Russian Federation. Under the new decree, the citizens of the Russian Federation do not need visa to enter Georgia and stay on its territory within 90 days, the edition reported.

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