Iran, Russia agree on visa-free stay for tour groups

Iran and Russia have eased visa requirements for Iranian nationals visiting Russia and vice versa, following an agreement signed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin in late March.

Tehran Times reported on Monday that “based on the agreement, tour groups of 5 to 50 people heading to Russia from Iran or vice versa will be granted a visa-free stay of up to 15 days”.

The move is expected to increase tourism between the two countries.

Russia’s Tour Operators Association executive director Maya Lomidze said that Russia was welcoming more Iranian visitors following the launch of direct flights from Iran to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi.

Source – TheJakartaPost


‘Tulips production to 2 billion pieces’

HILLEGOM – The Tulips production exceeds this year is expected for the first time limit of 2 billion tulips. Which provides for the Royal General Bulb Growers (KAVB).

According to the trade association’s demand for the famous flower especially abroad firmly in the elevator. Last year production was 1.9 billion cut tulips and a decade ago, there were still approximately one billion pieces.


Approximately nine out of ten tulips are destined for export. Main market is Germany. There are likely a billion tulip there and the demand is still there.

Also in Russia is the tulip according to André Hoogendijk, deputy director of the KAVB still popular. Russians cut by the dire economic situation in the country firmly on flowers, but the relatively inexpensive tulip is just additional demand, so the industry leader.

National Tulip Day

Saturday is the National Tulip Day, the day when the start of a new tulip season is officially celebrated. On the Dam in Amsterdam puts the industry a temporary garden with more than 200,000 tulips. The total turnover of the Dutch tulip production is about 300 million.