Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the government to introduce a tourist tax to be paid by those having vacations at Russian resorts. It is unknown if the tax will concern all the tourists visiting the country.
Vladimir Putin told Russian prime minister to get the tax prepared till March 1, 2017 just three months before season starts. The tax will reportedly be applied only to those who come to Russian resorts, primarily in the south. Collected fees are to be spent for development of Russian recreational industry.
It’s still unknown what will be the size of the tax neither whether it will be paid by individual tourists and tourist group visiting for example St. Petersburg too. In late August, some officials were talking about 50-100 rubles (about $1.7) as the size of the tax.
In any case, it won’t set you back much even if will be ten times higher than anticipated since prices are rather low due to the fall of the ruble in 2014.
Photo: The official website of the Kremlin http://www.en.kremlin.ru
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