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E-visas to start working in Russia from 2021

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E-visas to start working in Russia from 2021


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The border service is preparing to introduce one-time electronic visas for foreign citizens, TASS reports. From the beginning of next year, they will operate throughout the country. According to Vladimir Kulishov, the head of the department, citizens of foreign countries will be able to receive electronic documents to enter Russia for up to sixteen days. A visa can be obtained for a tourist trip, business or guest visit, as well as travel for humanitarian purposes.

An electronic visa will be an independent category of a document along with diplomatic, official, ordinary, transit visas and a visa of a temporary resident in the Russian Federation. Currently, electronic visas are valid in eight Far Eastern and three northwestern regions.

Russkiy Mir reported that the issuance of electronic visas for visiting the Far East started in August 2017. The electronic visas are valid in Primorsky Territory, Kamchatka and Sakhalin. Foreign citizens can issue entry and exit both through the Knevichi international airport and through the Vladivostok maritime checkpoint.

An electronic visa is issued free of charge based on the application of a foreign citizen. It must be submitted four days before the date of entry through a special website.

From July 1, 2019, electronic visas began to be valid for entry into the Kaliningrad region, from October 1 - to enter St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

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