Russian tourism completely disappeared from Spanish destinations in the month of March, according to the figures for international traveler arrivals published this Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
Although the numbers of Russian arrivals were already very low as a result of the pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine led by Vladimir Putin caused the closure of Spanish and European airspace and a significant reduction in air connections between Russia and third countries.
At the same time, restrictions on payments and the use of cards for Russian citizens in the European Union make movement difficult and explain why now the number of tourists is zero.
According to INE data, last January 18,444 tourists from Russia entered Spain, above the 3,350 in that month of the previous year, and in February 12,953 people did so (2,532 a year earlier). In 2021, 134,242 Russians had arrived, 14% less than the 155,961 who came in 2020.
In 2019, the last year of normalcy before the pandemic, 1.31 million citizens from Russia entered Spain, 8% more than a year earlier.
However, the weight of Russian tourism is very low for the sector in Spain, since in 2019 it barely represented 1.6% of the 83.5 million international travelers who chose to spend their holidays here.
The main destinations for Russians are Catalonia, especially Girona and Tarragona, and the Costa del Sol.