Russian travel agencies launch COVID vaccination packages

Tourists now have one more reason to visit Turkey. Getting a COVID-19 jab with one of the WHO approved vaccines opens up broader travel opportunities.

Russia’s Intourist company is now offering vaccine tours to Istanbul in 10 Russian cities, the country’s Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) reports.

The new all-inclusive packages include flights, transfers, accommodation and meals as well as a visit to a clinic with a Russian-speaking guide to get the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

As the travel company notes, the tour will cost RUR 45,000 ($590) for two people or more, depending on the duration of the trip, the class of the hotel and other options.

The vaccination service costs 115 euros and includes transit to the clinic and back, and help with translation and entering their data into the system.

It is important to note that one-component vaccination is not possible in Turkey, which means Russians wishing to be inoculated with a WHO-approved vaccine should plan two foreign trips – they will need to get the second component between 21 and 90 days after the first one.

As Invest Foresight previously reported, COVID-19 vaccination continues to be one of Russians’ greatest concerns, along with the pandemic.

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