The Russian government has decided to allocate an additional 4.7 billion rubles for the implementation of a new stage of the tourist cashback program. The corresponding order was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the government’s press service reported on Friday.
“The funds will be used to reimburse part of the costs for those who travel to Russia. Refund amount – 20% of the tour cost, but not more than 20 thousand rubles. Cashback is credited only for trips paid for with a Mir card, and the money is credited to it automatically within five days from the date of payment for the trip, ”the press service said in a statement.
It is also noted that the new stage of the program, which began on March 18 on behalf of the President of Russia, will last until the end of this year. Additional funding has already been allocated for its implementation last month, the government added.
Earlier, on April 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed extending the tourist cashback program until the end of 2021. At the same time, the head of state also announced the need to return to parents half of the cost of a voucher for children in summer camps.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko said that the Russians, as part of the third stage of the tourist cashback program, purchased tours for 12.5 billion rubles. He clarified that almost 2.4 billion rubles were returned to them.
The tourist cashback program allows you to get 20% of the cost of a trip across Russia to the Mir card, which must be used to pay for the tour. The maximum cashback amount for one payment is 20 thousand rubles.
The first stage of the tourist cashback program was held at the end of August 2020. Then about 60 thousand people took advantage of it. The second phase began in mid-October. The third stage of the program started on March 18, 2021.