Which Latin American countries accept Russian tourists

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UNWTO systematically gathers tourism statistics from countries and territories around the world into a vast database that constitutes the most comprehensive statistical information available on the tourism sector. The database, updated regularly, is composed by the following sets of data:

Compendium of Tourism Statistics

Statistical information on tourism’s multiple facets is pivotal in advancing knowledge of the sector, monitoring progress, promoting results-focused management, and highlighting strategic issues for policy decisions. The Compendium provides statistical data and indicators on inbound, outbound and domestic tourism, as well as on the number and types of tourism industries, the number of employees by tourism industries, and macroeconomic indicators related to international tourism.

The Compendium of Tourism Statistics is a reference guide for the measurement and analysis of the tourism sector. Together with the Yearbook of Tourism Statistics, they constitute UNWTO's main datasets and publications on annual tourism statistics.

These concern, on the one hand, an expansion in the number of countries and territories (over 200) regularly providing data and, on the other hand, a more extensive set of collected statistical data and indicators that are in line with current international methodological standards.

UNWTO compiles figures from national and international institutions such as national tourism administrations, national statistical offices, central banks, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and have undergone various checks from UNWTO that guarantee data reliability. The 2020 edition presents data for 203 countries from 2014 to 2018, with methodological notes in English, French and Spanish.

Yearbook of Tourism Statistics

Understanding, for each country, where its inbound tourism is generated is essential for analyzing international tourism flows and devising marketing strategies, such as those related to the positioning of national markets abroad. The Yearbook focuses on data related to inbound tourism (total arrivals and overnight stays), broken down by country of origin.

Together with the Compendium of Tourism Statistics, it constitutes UNWTO's main dataset and publication on annual tourism statistics.

Quick overview of contents:

  • Border statistics
  • Table 1. Arrivals of non-resident tourists at national borders
  • Table 2 . Arrivals of non-resident visitors at national borders
  • Statistics on accommodation establishments
  • Table 3. Arrivals of non-resident tourists in hotels and similar establishments
  • Table 4. Arrivals of non-resident tourists in all types of accommodation establishments.

Overnight stays

Jordan intends to open the Red Sea resort of Aqaba for international tourism. On what conditions it will be possible for tourists to enter, and whether Russian flights will be able to fly to this destination, read our material.


As a reminder, Jordan resumed international flights from September 8th. Foreigners can enter the country through Amman International Airport. Depending on the scale of the COVID-19 outbreak in other countries, Jordan has divided them into three “color” groups: “red” (high incidence of coronavirus), “yellow” (medium) and “green” (minimum).

Regardless of the category of the group, all foreign travelers must present a negative test for COVID-19 at the entrance (valid for no more than 72 hours) and pass another test upon arrival, as well as fulfill a number of other mandatory conditions. Russia as of the end of October was in the "red" group of countries. Russians will face the toughest conditions: institutional quarantine at the observatory (7 days) and home quarantine (another 7 days), but with the obligatory wearing of an electronic bracelet with a tracking function.

But on the eve of the start of the winter season, Jordan developed a scheme for the return of foreign tourists to the Aqaba resort on the Red Sea. The details of this at WTM-2020 were presented to foreign partners by the Director of Tourism of Jordan Abed Al Razzak Arabiyat. According to him, a pilot project for restarting inbound tourism to a popular resort involves changing the entry protocols for foreign citizens.

To revive tourism in the resort of Aqaba, the country's authorities are ready to cancel mandatory quarantine for foreigners, while maintaining double testing.

The traveler will have to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours before flying to Aqaba, followed by another PCR test upon arrival in Jordan. The screening results will be sent to the tourist's place of residence. The first to test such a pilot scheme on tourists who arrive on charter flights.

As the Jordanian tourism representative explained, since these will only be flights of charter tour operators, the country's authorities will have an understanding of where tourists will live and what excursions they will go on. This format will allow you to track the movement of vacationers. As in other countries, in the Aqaba resort, local hotels will also allocate quarantine rooms, where tourists will be transferred if they find COVID-19.


According to Mr. Arabiyat, the ambition to reopen Aqaba to foreign travelers is based on the results of other destinations that are once again welcoming guests from overseas.

“The study showed that in Dubai and Turkey there is no correlation between the opening of airports and the number of cases of coronavirus infection,” he said. “This gives us a strong argument that we can offer the government. We believe we can allow charter flights to arrive in Jordan and reduce the risk of importation to almost zero thanks to pre-departure and on-arrival PCR protocols. ”

According to Arabiyat, the Jordanian Tourism Authority is awaiting government approval within the next two weeks.

On Wednesday, November 11, Jordan reported 81 deaths and 5,419 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 126,401. Most of the cases are in Amman. COVID-19 statistics in Aqaba during November - no more than 200 new cases per day.

Oman has reopened to international tourism. The state in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula is ready to receive tourists from more than 100 countries, including Russia, without visas for up to 10 days. We will tell you on what conditions Russians can enter Oman.


Oman's borders officially opened to foreign tourists from December 10, 2020.

According to the country's Royal Police, citizens of 103 countries entering for up to 10 days will be exempted from entry visas to the Sultanate in accordance with control measures and conditions, including confirmed hotel reservations, medical insurance valid for 1 month covering COVID-19 and a return ticket.

Travelers must complete a Traveler Registration Form (TRF) prior to arriving in Oman, in which they agree to take and pay for a PCR test upon arrival at Muscat International Airport.

The cost of a test in Oman is 25 Omani rials (about US $ 65), which can be paid through the Tarassud + app prior to arriving in Oman.

After payment, a QR code will be generated in it, which can be shown at the checkpoint to speed up the check on arrival. Also, the PCR test on arrival can be booked in advance at . mushrif. m. Children under 15 are exempted from compulsory PCR testing.

While waiting for the PCR test results (usually 12 to 24 hours), all travelers must self-isolate at their hotel.


Conditions of stay in Oman vary depending on the duration of the trip. For example, those who arrive for a period of no more than 7 days have more freedom of movement compared to those who arrive for a period of up to 10 days.

So, foreigners who come for up to 7 days can stop self-isolation immediately after receiving a negative PCR test done at the airport and can move freely around the Sultanate.

At the same time, those who are scheduled to stay for 10 days, regardless of the result of the PCR test upon arrival, must spend 7 full days in self-isolation, and for this period they will be put on a tracker-bracelet that tracks their movements. The service will be paid ($ 16).

Israel expects that mass vaccination of the population against coronavirus will allow the borders to be fully opened in mid-2021. This opens up the prospect of the return of tours to Israel on the Russian market in the winter season 2021/22.


According to the Department of the Ministry of Tourism of Israel in the Russian Federation and the CIS, Israel will resume international tourism from March 2021. Thus, Israelis who have passed two stages of vaccination and received a "green passport" will be able to travel without the need to go through quarantine and pass a PCR test for COVID-19 before departure and after landing.

The country's authorities are preparing to restart inbound tourism based on the success of the national vaccination against COVID-19. According to the director of the department of the Ministry of Tourism of Israel in the Russian Federation and the CIS, Vladimir Shklyar, as of February 4, about 37% of all citizens of the country received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the second dose - about 21%.

At the first stage, Israel will launch overseas travel in the format of "tourist corridors". These will be countries ready to receive tourists vaccinated against COVID-19 without special conditions.


According to preliminary data, Israel will open to international travelers this summer.

“We are optimistic about the future and expect the full opening of the borders in mid-2021,” emphasizes Mr. Shklyar.

In the department of the Ministry of Tourism of Israel in the Russian Federation and the CIS, Vestnik ATOR was told that there are expectations that citizens of the Russian Federation will also be allowed to enter the country. Under what conditions is not clear yet. It is also not known whether there will be any preferences for Russians vaccinated against coronavirus.

Perhaps these conditions will be formed based on the experience of receiving tourists within the "tourist corridors".

More than 10 continental countries of Latin America are open for the entry of Russian citizens. Now Chile is on this list. We will tell you what the requirements are for arriving tourists and how to get to the directions of the Western Hemisphere.


Chile reopens to international tourism after 8 months. From November 23, the international airport in Santiago will be operational again, which will receive tourists from all countries, regardless of the situation with the coronavirus.

The main requirement for arrivals is a negative PCR test for COVID-19, made no later than 72 hours before arrival in the country. In the absence of a PCR test or in the manifestation of external symptoms of the coronavirus, the traveler will be in quarantine for 14 days.

In addition, foreigners will have to fill out a health control form, install a special application to track movements and contacts. It is recommended that you have medical insurance covering COVID-19 treatment.

Restarting international tourism in Chile will revive and help restart and cruise expeditions to Antarctica. There are several ways to get to the South Pole, but there are not many of them now, as the borders of Australia, New Zealand and Argentina are closed.


According to the Chilean media, several international carriers have already announced their plans to resume flights to the country. In December, flights from Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Panama, Guayaquil, Lima, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires are expected at Santiago airport.

There has never been a direct flight between Russia and Chile. I had to fly with connections, the most convenient of which were in Madrid.

According to ticket aggregators, the cost of air tickets from Moscow to Santiago in December for one passenger with transfers in Istanbul and Bogota varies from 80,198 rubles. (together with transfers the path will take almost 44 hours) up to 187 560 r. (with transfers 29 hours).

There is also the possibility of transit in London (Heathrow), from where there is an 11 hour flight to Sao Paulo (Brazil), and then another 4 hours flight to Santiago. Such a difficult route will cost from 110 thousand rubles. for one.

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