The document was published on the legal information portal on Monday.
The lower house of the Russian parliament adopted the law on June 22. One week later, the law was adopted by the upper house of the country's parliament.
According to the law, vessels sailing under a foreign flag with tourists on board, which call in one or more ports and do not take other passengers and cargo on board, can navigate in inland water and territorial sea of the Russian Federation after border and customs control. It applies only to those ports that are open to foreign vessels, with the exception of areas that are restricted or temporarily dangerous for navigation.
The entry of foreign tourist vessels in areas of the Arctic zone and the Far Eastern Federal District is possible only in the ports or places from the list approved by the Russian government, with an indication of routes between those spots.
The law also increases the sum of limitation of shipowner and rescuer liability by 51 percent, bringing the Russian legislation in compliance with a resolution of the International Maritime Organization.