E-visas contribuyen al crecimiento del tráfico turístico en el Lejano Oriente
According to the Deputy Head of the Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East Pavel Volkov, the number of foreign tourists arriving in the regions of the Far East on electronic visas is actively increasing now.
“We see that the flow of tourists using electronic visas has significantly increased but it did not replace the flow of travelers using usual paper visas. People are increasingly using this option to spend their free day profitably. An electronic visa allows foreigners to choose the Russian Far East,” Volkov said.
The growth of the tourist flow is fixed monthly: the region was visited by 2,888 people in this June and by already 6,251 in July.
An electronic visa is issued on a specialized website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. This visa is valid for 30 days from its issuance date and allows up to eight-day stay in Russia.
At the moment, foreign tourists can use electronic visas to travel within one region of the Far East. However, given the vast area and uniqueness of the territories, the permitted period of stay may not be sufficient for visiting one region. “The main thing is that the institutes connected with the tourism industry are starting to work inside. They form a tourist product that allows attracting people coming to the Far East on e-visas and provides them with logistics. When it gets developed enough, the sea checkpoints will be used at full capacity as well, I suppose” Pavel Volkov added.