Zarina Doguzova: the law on certification of tour guides, guides-interpreters and guides-instructors will increase quality and safety of tra

14 April 2021

On April 14, 2021, the Federation Council approved a law introducing compulsory certification for tour guides, guides-interpreters and guides-instructors.

Zarina Doguzova, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism):

“This is a long-awaited law that will allow us to improve the quality and safety of travel services significantly. We base our law on the best international practices – this includes building training systems and work policies, as well as mechanisms for monitoring service quality. Within the new law we are clarifying the key concepts, and now only citizens of the Russian Federation will be able to work as guides.

Once every 5 years, guides, guides-interpreters and guides-instructors will undergo mandatory certification. Certification will be carried out by the regional committees, which will include representatives of relevant entities, members of the expert community and educational organizations.

Federal Agency for Tourism will maintain a unified federal register of certified guides, guides-interpreters and guides-instructors. The law will come into effect on July 1, 2022, and will provide a transition period allowing the guides to complete all the necessary procedures smoothly.”