Russia introduces e-visas for foreign tourists arriving at St. Petersburg
Russia’s President Putin signed a decree extending the electronic visa regime to the territory of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The relevant document was posted on the legal information website.
“That from October 1 to determine, 2019 entrance to the Russian Federation and departure from the Russian Federation for foreign citizens via the checkpoints of hawaii border of the Russian Federation situated in the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region could be made based on regular single-entry business, tourist and humanitarian visas by means of electronic documents,” the decree reads.
“No consular fee is collected for the issuance of electronic visas,” the document states. “Foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation via checkpoints based on electronic visas have the proper to freedom of movement within the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region,” the decree states. The time of authorized stay static in Russia for e-visa holders will be around eight days.
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The elected president tasked the federal government “to determine particularities of electronic visas’ issuance for foreign citizens and their entry in to the Russian Federation via checkpoints based on electronic visas; approve the set of foreign countries, whose nationals can enter the Russian Federation and depart from the Russian Federation via checkpoints based on electronic visas by October 1, 2019.”
In March 2017, Putin signed a statutory law on the simplified visa regime in the territory of the Vladivostok Free Port. The electronic visa is valid for 1 month from its issue with the authorized amount of stay static in Russia as high as 8 days. Citizens of 18 states meet the criteria. On August 1 simplified visa issue conditions in china and taiwan arrived to force, 2018.
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