Late last month, South Africans travelling to Russia and vice versa – merely for visits – were happy to learn that as of 1 April 2017, visa requirements for travelling between the two countries were dropped. Former spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs, Mayihlome Tshwete said:
“It means less inconvenience, less administration when you want to travel to Russia,” adding that “the department believes South African travellers don’t pose many risks and should be afforded more convenient travel arrangements”.
Since that is out of the way, we can start planning trips. Russia offers many beautiful contrasts, from balmy subtropical beaches, to icy winters in the north. The country is deeply rooted in its history, also paying homeage to struggles of the past, whether it be through classical musica or literature.
Get your passport stamped and let’s travel!