E-Visa: ein Schritt zur Vereinfachung der russischen Visa-Regelung
According to the Chairman of the Expert Council for Tourism under the Federation Council Social Policy Committee Igor Fomin, the expansion of coverage area of e-visas available for citizens of a number of countries entering Russia not only through Vladivostok but also through Kaliningrad, is of great importance for the simplification of the visa regime.
Earlier, the president of the Russian Federation set a task to intensify efforts related to the contribution of the tourist industry to the country's GDP and to increase it from 3.4% to 10%.
It should be emphasized that since August 8, more than 5,000 foreign citizens have received electronic visas in Vladivostok; now Kaliningrad has the right to host foreign guests using entry documents received via the Internet.
Mr. Fomin noted that during the meeting the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs took a favorable view of the first results of the experiment on the introduction of electronic visas for citizens of a number of countries entering Russia through Vladivostok, as well as extending it to Kaliningrad.
“The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has always opposed the simplification of a visa regime not related to the principle of reciprocity. Herewith, the head of the Ministry Sergey Lavrov took a favorable view of the result of the experiment in Vladivostok,” the senator commented on the results of the meeting.
According to Fomin, Russia is interested in hosting foreign guests who will not only spend money, but will also get acquainted with the culture and traditions of the country.