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Conscript tourists may not be refunded the full cost of the tour

In Russia has begun spring call, it will last until July 15. Starting this year, the upper limit of the conscription age was raised from 27 to 30 years, the lower one remained the same – 18. The lawyer explained what points potential conscripts and travel companies should keep in mind.

According to the new rules, a citizen called up for compulsory military service will not be able to travel abroad from the moment he receives a summons from the military registration and enlistment office. According to amendments to the Federal Law “On Entry and Exit from the Russian Federation,” which came into force on December 11, within 5 days after receiving it, the conscript must transfer his international passport for storage to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

If a man is called up for military service after booking travel services – tickets or a tour package, the travel company can agree with the client to change the terms of the contract, notes Georgy Mokhov, founder of the legal agency Persona Grata, vice-president of the RST. It is possible to reschedule the trip, replace the customer with another tourist, or recalculate the cost of the trip in a group.

If it is not possible to reach an agreement with the customer, the contract for the provision of travel services may be terminated with a refund.

At the same time, conscripts are not subject to special conditions for return that apply to mobilized people. Georgy Mokhov recalled that a tourist who was mobilized or entered service under a contract, who booked a tour and did not use it, has the right to demand a refund of the full cost. The rule also applies to family members of mobilized citizens. Corresponding changes were made to the Law of the Russian Federation “On the Fundamentals of Tourism Activities in the Russian Federation” at the end of May 2023.

In case of termination of the contract with the conscript, a refund can be made minus the actual expenses incurred by the travel company (FPR). Therefore, if a man 18–30 years old does not have an approved deferment and he falls under the current conscription, it is better to refrain from booking a tour.

Source: Tourdom

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