1 April, 15:00

Costa Rica cancels visa requirements for Russian citizens

Costa Rica cancels visa requirements for Russian citizens

The Costa Rican authorities have made a formal ruling to cancel the visa conditions for Russian citizens. From now on Russian tourists will be able to visit the country, which was recognized as the world’s happiest country in 2012, without visas for up to a 30 day period . Should they wish to prolong their visit, they will be able to extend their stay in the country for up to three months.

"Russia’s tourism market has a great potential for all countries, which are making active efforts to give a boost to their tourism industries . Once the visa regime has been facilitated, there is reason to believe that there will be an increase not only in the number of tourists visiting the country but also their stay may be longer. This will add much to the country’s economy," La Patilla said with a reference to Costa Rican Tourism Minister Allan Flores.

According to official reports, nearly 4,146 Russian citizens visited Costa Rica last year. "The majority of them are tourists 25 to 35 years old. All these are experienced tourists – mainly those who have got higher education," the minister stressed. On the average, they stayed in the country from nine to 11 days, and they spent between 2,500 to 5,000 dollars.

Tourism is one of the main sources of revenue for Costa Rica to ensure its economic growth. The revenues from tourism, on the average, reach approximately 2,300 dollars annually.

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America that was recognized as the world’s happiest country in 2012.

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