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Last minute tours will receive an “Electronic trip” to life

The State Duma included in its work plan for the spring session amendments to the industry law on tourism regarding the entry of information about last-minute tours into the Electronic Travel (EP) information system. Under existing standards, this option is virtually impossible, since data must be transmitted to the electronic signature no later than 24 hours before the start of the trip. This makes it effectively illegal to sell tours the day before departure.

The State Duma Committee for Tourism Development proposes to correct the current procedure. According to the amendments, if a tour operator sells a tour less than a day before the start of the trip, he must enter data into the electronic signature no later than the time the services begin. If the tour is purchased from a travel agent, then the latter, no less than 24 hours before the tourist goes on vacation, must provide information about the trip to the tour operator, who then has 72 hours to send the information to the “Electronic Tour.”

The bill developed by the deputies was generally approved by both the Federation Council and industry associations. According to the director of the Tourist Assistance association, Alexander Osaulenko, changes in legislation are overdue, since many Russian tourists, in anticipation of lower prices, prefer to buy tours at the last minute: “No one has canceled last-minute tours, especially considering the mentality of our tourists.”

The bill also received a positive opinion from the Government of the Russian Federation, albeit with comments. In particular, the Cabinet of Ministers proposes to clarify the deadlines for submitting data to the electronic signature by the tour operator – he is obliged to do this “before the 15th day of the month following the calendar month in which the tourism product was sold, but no later than the date of commencement of the provision of services.” As for the legal relations between a travel agent and a tour operator regarding last-minute tours and information about them in the electronic signature, they should be regulated by a regulatory legal act. “Based on the above, the Government of the Russian Federation supports the bill, subject to its revision taking into account these comments,” the Cabinet of Ministers concluded.

Let us remind you that now, according to Article 10.4 of the Law of the Russian Federation “On the Fundamentals of Tourism Activities in the Russian Federation,” the tour operator is obliged to enter data into the electronic signature at the end of each month, but no later than the 15th of the next month. However, if the contract with a tourist was concluded less than 30 days before the start of the provision of services, the data must be sent to the system no later than 24 hours before the clients go on vacation. It turns out that there is no legal opportunity to sell tours on the day of departure.

Source: Tourdom

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