I have an upcoming guest coming to my Canadian Airbnb from eastern Russia in July. Given current circumstances, I have a few concerns.
1. Unstable/unreliable reservation in spite of guest’s best intentions – I can’t really count on this working out to the same extent I can count on Non-Russian guests
The guest’s travel plans are subject to involuntary cancellation because:
Guest requires a Canadian visa to travel… Canada may not be issuing or honouring visas from Russia by July if violence/destabilization of Ukraine continues
Air travel to/from Russia is increasingly shut down by bans by/on airlines, western governments & reciprocal response by Russian gov’t
Big travel companies like Airbnb may be asked/required by NATO governments to stop doing business with travellers from Russia
The collapse of the Ruble and the pending freeze of the SWIFT system mean that an “ordinary Russian” would not have access to spending money while travelling (making travel impractical", even if Air and Airbnb already paid for. (Unless they have overseas bank accounts which would probably mean oligarch, mob or Russian agent “on assignment.”
This reservation is covered by cancellation policy that allows cancellation up to one month before check-in with full refund
2. I don’t think cancelling civilian tourist guests from Russia will contribute to sanctions pressure on Russian economy, but… am I right?
- If I thought arbitrarily cancelling this tourist reservation would in any small way generate economic or political pressure on Putin regime I would cancel in a minute, but I cannot reach this conclusion.
Anyone else have thoughts?
Anyone else with upcoming reservations with apparent civilian tourist guests from Ruissia?