e-News 08/2020      

INVESTMENTS IN SUTATINABLE HIGH-END TOURISM IN LAPLAND

As sustainability is the trend of the time, the growth of service providers offering high-quality sustainable tourism services has been strong in Lapland in recent years. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been a huge challenge for all, but entrepreneurs are confident in the future and believe the situation could even strengthen Lapland’s international brand worldwide. In Lapland, large investment projects area planned in the field of tourism and entrepreneurs assure that Lapland will be ready when travel resumes. In that situation Lapland’s attractions, such as cleanliness and safety will be further strengthened to meet the demand of safe travel as well. Via Hansa & Borealis is participating in the discussions, following the development very carefully and is happy to integrate new sustainable products in the production in the future. Lapland, which normally is the prime Christmas destination of the Nordic countries, is quiet this year, but the industry remain certain that it will once again be Christmas in Lapland. For more information about our products in Lapland, please contact: rovaniemi@viahansaborealis.com

RUSSIA INTRODUCES E-VISA TO ALL OF RUSSIA FROM 01.01.2021

E-visa will be available to the whole Russian Federation from 01.01.2021. The E-visa is valid for max. 16 days within a 60 days period. When crossing the border to Russia, the guests must present a printed notification on the issuance of an electronic visa and a passport. Each guests can apply on the web-site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the processing of the E-visa is taking max. 4 days. The regulations will apply to citizens of the 52 countries, including all countries of the EU and a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia, and the E-visa is payable at USD 40,00 pp, The service is currently suspended due the general Russian covid-19 border restrictions and will commence as soon as these restrictions are lifted. Information about procedures will, in due time, be available at:  https://evisa.kdmid.ru/. Meanwhile we shall be happy to answer questions related to the matter.

VIA HANSA & BOREALIS IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Our offices in the Nordic Countries will be closed from 24.12.2020 to 27.12.2020 and again from 31.12,2020 to 03.01.2021, our offices in the Baltic countries and Poland will be closed from 19.12.2020 until 03.01.2021, Our offices in Russia and Ukraine will be working as usual during the Christmas period, and will be closed from 01.01.2021 until 10.01.2021 for New Year and Orthodox Christmas.

In spite of all the challenges covid-19 has brought to the whole industry this year, we remain calm and confident about the future and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2021!