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Crimea’s tourism authority is working to amend the law to allow cruise passengers to visit the destination visa-free for 72-hours.

In a bid to attract cruise liners back to the destination, Crimean Minister for Resorts and Tourism Yelena Yurchenko said if the amendment is passed international visitors can also stay at Crimean resorts visa-free for 12 days.

The proposed changes in visa requirements came after several cruise lines amended their itineraries to avoid visiting the north coast of the Black Sea due to growing political tensions in the region.

Last month, MSC, Azamara, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas announced they would bypass Odessa in Ukraine, Yalta in Crimea when their ships cruise the Black Sea in April, May and June.