By Clement Bigot, legal expert and consultant in international relations, for Eurasia Business News – September 18, 2021
Vladivostok International Airport has been included in the list of checkpoints through which foreign citizens will be able to enter and leave the Russian Federation with a single electronic visa, the airport’s press service reports.
“Vladivostok International Airport announces that it has been included in the list of checkpoints for entering Russia on an electronic visa. The decision will simplify the entry for foreign citizens to Russia through the Primorye air harbor,” says the press release.
The order of the government of the Russian Federation on the inclusion of Vladivostok airport and several more air terminals in the list was signed by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin last week.
A bill was adopted in July 2020 and a Government order was signed on October 6, 2020, according to which, from January 1, 2021, the issuance of electronic visas online for citizens of 52 countries, including the EU, was to begin. The visa allows foreigners to enter the Russian Federation on a guest, business, tourist visit, as well as to take part in events.
To obtain an electronic visa, you must fill out the form available on the site https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/index_en.html (in Russian or in English).
The electronic visa is issued within 4 calendar days and is valid for 60 days and allows you to stay in and travel in Russia for 16 days, reports the Russian Federal Tourism Agency. A visa is issued on a specialized website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or in a mobile application. The consular fee is $ 40.
E-visas are issued online for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest trips. Applicants do not need an invitation, hotel booking or any other documents confirming the purpose of their journey to the Russian Federation. Children under 6 years of age obtain an e-visa free of charge.
This reform was adopted in July 2020 to increase the attractiveness of Russia for foreign tourists and business professionals. The country was previously known for difficulties to obtain visas and the bureaucratic approach of consulates.
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