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The State Duma to facilitate Russian visa application formalities

12:23, 4 апреля 2014

Theconsideration of revisions to the national law “Concerning the Procedure for Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation” has been included to the draft federal law of State Duma by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It provides the facilitation of the procedure of the entry documents execution for foreign residents, who enter the territory of the Russian Federation for tourism and other purposes.

 

The number of visa application documents will be retrenched and the duration of visa will increase from 30 days to 6 months. The number of entries will rise as well. The procedure of getting visa won’t be so complicated for the participants of cultural exchange, sport, youth and research programs. In addition, the draft bill is oriented at the general improvement of Russian visa practice and the creation of the most comfortable conditions for entry into the Russian Federation for the foreign citizens, who visit the country for business purposes.


"The application of the reciprocity principle in the part of increasing the duration for business, humanitarian, private and tourist visas is providing. It will give an opportunity to introduce the substantial visa indulgence against the citizens of the countries, which are ready to introduce similar visa advantages towards Russian citizens "- the document says. The national law “Concerning the Procedure for Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation” has to be changed in order to realize this overture.

 

As we remember, RATA-news repeatedly noticed that the visa restrictions are deeply hindering the tourist’s flow entry to our country. The bill draft about 72 hours of visa-free entry is under consideration now. It’s adjusted to the foreign citizens, who arrive to Russia via transit aircrafts. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has called on the European Union to accelerate the process of visa waiver during the summit Russia - European Union, which was held in Brussels in 2012. The process had been started, but at the end of 2013 the European Union actually congealed the negotiations on this issue. In the beginning of March 2014 the EU reiterated it’s decision during the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the EU on the grounds of the events, which take place in Ukraine.

 

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