August 04, 2021

Tourism in the Time of Covid


Tourism in the Time of Covid

“These people do not go to relax in other resorts, they settle in neighboring hotels: the more restrictions are imposed on legal business, the more it plays into the hands of those who work in the dark.”

– Natalia Stambulnikova, Chairman of the Association of Small Hotels of Crimea

Travel restrictions vary in Russia’s regions, and some citizens are frustrated with the severity of the rules. On July 30, Russian news outlet Kommersant reported that owners of tourist destinations will circumvent certain controls in creative ways. In Dagestan, for example, guests are supposed to present certificates of vaccination, recovery, or a negative PCR test to check into a hotel. Hotel administration often neglects the rules, however, explaining to guests that certificates are optional. In Crimea, local government has left it to the discretion of hotel and other housing operators to request certificates of negative tests or vaccinations. Some simply ask guests to testify in writing that they are not sick with Covid-19.

 

 

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