Introduction of multiple-entry visas for foreign tourists
The Federal Agency for tourism proposed to introduce multiple-entry visas for foreign tourists. According to the agency, this measure is aimed to renew the tourism in the country.
“Multiple-entry and long-term visas will help to renew the tourism in Russia, when the coronavirus pandemic will be declined. Visas are the main obstacle for foreigners to go to Russia”, — says the Federal Agency for tourism.
At present the Federal Agency for tourism together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation discuss “a big range of issues on simplification of visa regime”.
It is necessary to stress that the temporary Russia's border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to high damage and waste in the country's economy.
The introduction of multiple-entry visas for foreign tourists will contribute to sharp rise and increase the entry flow to the country.
It should be recalled that now, according to the rules, tourists can get only a single or double entry tourist visa with a validity of up to 30 days. The Federal Agency for tourism proposes to introduce tourist visas “with multiple entry for up to five years after the opening of borders”. At the same time, it is proposed to reduce the period of visa issuance to three working days.
As it is stressed, tourists who have already received Russian visas but have not used them because of the coronavirus pandemic, will probably get the possibility to issue visas free.