Russia banned selling tours to Turkey


Tuesday, November 24 Rostourism (Russian Federal Tourist Agency – RRT) banned tour operators from selling trips to Turkey related to the threat of terrorism in this country. This was reported on the agency’s official website.

“According to the Federal Tourism Agency, organizing of travel of Russian tourists to Turkey in times of terrorist threats is a flagrant violation of the laws of the Russian Federation, and leads to prosecution measures,” – said in the statement.

In this regard, Rosturizm “recommends Russian tour operators and travel agents to suspend the promotion and selling of tourist products, as well as individual tourist services” for Turkey, including through third countries.

Also, travelers have the right to demand a full refund of the cost of tours.

Earlier Tuesday, the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov called for Russian tourists not to travel to Turkey.

One of the tour operators – “Natalie Tours” – November 24, stopped selling tours to Turkey “due to the unstable political situation and in accordance with the measures taken by the government to ensure the security of Russian citizens”. The company Brisco reported that currently there is no official information about the possible suspension of the sale of tours to Turkey. “TEZ Tour”, “Pegas Touristik”, and “Coral Travel” noted that they will be able to provide information in the near future.

Earlier, on November 24 the Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has recommended Russians to cancel their trips to Turkey. Minister’s statement came after Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the incident with the Russian Su-24 bomber that was shot down in Syria on Tuesday. In his words, the attack on the plane was the “stab in the back by the accomplices of the terrorists.” He stressed that the incident will have serious consequences for relations between Moscow and Ankara.

Sukhoi Su-24 of the Russian air group in Syria was attacked in the morning of November 24 by a pair of Turkish F-16 fighters and shot down by a missile “air-to-air”. The plane has fallen in northern Syria, near the Syrian-Turkish border, near the town of Yayladağı (Hatay Province).