- April 19, 2017
- Posted by: CIP Journal
- Category: Visa free travel
The Federal Law No. 114-FZ dated 15 August 1996 Procedures to Enter and Exit the Russian Federation have been amended per Federal Law No. 28-FZ dated 7 March 2017 to simplify visa procedures for foreign nationals arriving in the Russian Federation through border checkpoints located within the Free Port of Vladivostok.
The signed directive contains an approved list of 18 countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Brunei, India, Qatar, People’s Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan.
The citizens of these countries shall benefit from simplified procedures when obtaining visas of up to 30 days with a period of stay in the Russian Federation not exceeding 8 days. These visas can be executed as e-documents.
The initiative introduces simplified visa procedures at checkpoints only at the Free Port of Vladivostok for foreign nationals from the listed countries. Normal visa regulations apply for tourists or businessmen who enter Russia through Moscow or St Petersburg.