29 Mar 2012

Russians tourists seeking out Guam after visa waiver put in place

2:43 pm on 29 March 2012

Guam has experienced a surge in tourist arrivals from Russia since the Department of Homeland Security eased visa requirements.

135 Russian tourists arrived in February compared to 11 in February of last year.

February was the first full month that Russians could travel to Guam visa-free since the US Department of Homeland Security granted parole authority for Russia.

Previously, tourists from Russia were required to navigate a lengthy visa process before they could travel to Guam.

The Pacific Daily News reports that Governor Eddie Calvo has welcomed the increase in Russian tourists.

He says Russian visitors stay longer and spend more than other tourists, which helps boost Guam's local economy.

The Governor has indicated he'll continue to push for a similar visa waiver arrangement with China.