e-News 10/2021      


The Russian authorities have eased the visa procedures to Russia for tourists of 59 countries worldwide. The countries are: Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Hungary, Venezuela, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Jordan, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Qatar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Cuba, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Morocco, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, North Macedonia, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, USA, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Finland, France, Croatia, Czechia, Ethiopia and Japan. Citizens of these countries can now apply for a single-entry half-year visa to Russia at the Russian consulates. The consulates will require a valid passport and a hotel confirmation or a visa-support-letter to support the application. All guests need to present a negative PRC test and fill out a special entry form at the entry. The regulation only applies to guests arriving by plane directly from the country of their citizenship. E-visa to Russia is suspended due to the covid-19 pandemic until further notice. For more information, please click here, contact the nearest Russian consulate or contact: vera.belyavskaya@viahansaboralis.com


The former Marriott St. Petersburg Vasilevskiy has been renovated, taken over by another operator and has been relaunched as the 4-star River Palace Hotel. The hotel now features 214 comfortable guest rooms and suites equipped with all amenities to be expected from a 4-star superior hotel. The hotel has a restaurant for 160 guests, bar, eight conference rooms for 20 to 180 delegates, Fitness Room, Business Center etc. The stylish hotel is located in the city center close to the city’s main attractions. Via Hansa & Borealis recommends the hotel both for FITs, leisure groups, conferences and incentives in need of a centrally located and decently priced accommodation. For more information, please contact: natalia.vinogradova@viahansaborealis.com


After an extensive restoration project, the Alexander Palace with the private apartments of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, recently reopened. Built by Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi on the orders of Catherine the Great as a present for her favorite grandson Alexander Pavlovich, the future Tsar Alexander I, the Alexander Palace was completed in 1796 and is considered one of the finest neoclassical buildings in Russia. It became the favorite palace of Nicholas II and his family and it served as their home in the period 1905-1917. Visitors may enjoy a very seldom impression of the lavish daily living conditions of the Tsar family and admire the many unique paintings, furniture and chandeliers. The place is open daily. For more information, please contact: st.petersburg@viahansaborealis.com