Published On: Sun, Nov 29th, 2015

Russia removes India from list of safe travel destinations

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In its latest travel advisory, Russia as asked its citizens to avoid traveling to India and Goa due to security reasons.

In its recent list of safe travel destinations, India has been struck off the list of safe travel destinations. The recent move is seen as a major blow to Goa’s tourism industry. Goa has always been one of the favourite and an affordable destination for Russian tourists.

According to a report by Times of India, the Russian information centre in Goa stated that the revised travel advisory had been issued following the blacklisting of Egypt and Turkey.

“Both India and Goa were not considered as good destinations for Russian travellers,” Ekaterina Belyakova, head of the Russian information centre, was quoted as saying in the report.

It should be noted that after October 31 explosion of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula, that killed over 200 people, President Vladimir Putin had cancelled all flights to Egypt. Also after Turkish missiles downing a Russian fighter jet in Syria, the President called on its citizens to cancel vacations in Turkey.

The destinations now identified as safe include Cuba, South Vietnam and southern China — all thanks to the excellent infrastructure, friendly atmosphere and warm weather in winter.

The Russian move is now seen as a big blow to its tourist and also for Goa’s economy as well. Goa has emerged as a favourite destination for Russian tourists in the South Asian region in last few years because of its sunny climes.

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