FIRST FOREIGN TOURISTS OBTAIN E-VISAS FOR RUSSIA’S FAR EAST
09 August 2017
90 foreign citizens took advantage of the simplified entry regime on its first day, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East said in a press release.
E-visas have so far enjoyed the strongest popularity among Chinese and Japanese citizens, with 42 Chinese and 38 Japanese obtaining them, in addition to citizens of Algeria, India, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Tunisia. Foreigners can apply for a single-entry business, tourist or humanitarian visa.
“The Far East has become a territory where unprecedented solutions are applied and unique mechanisms are implemented. The introduction of e-visas is an innovative tool for our country, and implementation of this tool will start in the Far East”, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Galushka said.
E-visas are valid for entry into Russia through two checkpoints in Vladivostok: the marine border crossing and Knevichi Airport. Two more, in Kamchatka and Sakhalin, will be added in January 2018.
The simplified visa regime was introduced on 1 August for citizens of 18 countries: Brunei, India, China, North Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.