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Explore the Week’s Top Tourist Destinations: Cuba, China, and Sri Lanka


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Moscow, March 18th RIA News. This week there was more positive news for the tourism industry than negative news. The geography of flights has expanded, international payment methods have expanded for Russians, and decisions have been made to simplify entry into many countries. The negative came from Indonesia, where they plan to abolish visa on arrival and tighten rules for renting scooters to foreigners. About the tourism highlights of the week – in the News Agency Digest.
In Cuba, ATMs have begun to accept Mir cards. Work is still underway on the possibility of paying it in stores.
In the Maldives, tourists can now pay for services and hotel accommodation without a card or cash, but using a QR code.
There is a lot of positive aviation news. Thus, the Federal Air Transport Agency announced an increase in flights with Sri Lanka. S7 Airlines announced that it will resume flights to China from Novosibirsk and Irkutsk in May. The government of Saudi Arabia announced the creation of another airline. Aeroflot celebrated its centenary on March 17 and will operate retrograde flights throughout the year.

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Mozambique has canceled visas for citizens of 28 countries, including Russia. Angola and Russia plan to make a decision in the spring on visa facilitation. The Qatari authorities no longer require medical insurance from tourists entering the country, although they recommend obtaining it.
The negative news came from Indonesia. First, the ruler of Bali proposed to cancel the visa upon arrival of Russians and Ukrainians. Then the island’s authorities banned tourists from renting cars from unofficial agencies. This topic is now actively discussed by local politicians and the tourism industry.
More unpleasant: India has limited the stay of Russian tourists to 180 days in the calendar year.

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