New border control point for yachts opened in Russia
Russia's first border control point for small size vessels and yachts under foreign flags was recently opened in the Constantine Fort in Kronshtadt near Saint Petersburg. A multi-functional yacht-club for 110 parking spots has been built up for the yachtsmen. The exact amount of investment is unknown but the cost of construction works in 2012 was €2.5 million.
Since its opening two months ago, the border control point has processed around 300 small size vessels and yachts. The main port of Saint Petersburg has dealt with the same number of yachts over the whole year. The new checkpoint is said to process each vessel within just 30 minutes.
The Constantine Fort is one of the largest artillery fortification facilities of Kronshtadt. As it is a UNESCO World Heritage site none of its structures are permanent.