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Russian State Duma approves introduction of electronic single-entry visas
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The draft law on the introduction of an electronic single-entry visa has been approved by Russian parliamentarians, TASS reports. The third reading took place on Tuesday, July 21, in the State Duma.
Citizens of foreign countries will be able to get electronic visas from January 1, 2021 for up to 16 days. The visa can be obtained for a tourist trip, business or guest visit, as well as travel for humanitarian purposes. An electronic visa will become an independent category of document on a par with diplomatic, service, ordinary, transit visas and a visa of a temporary resident in the Russian Federation.
At the moment, e-visas are valid in eight Far Eastern and three Northwest regions. Representatives of more than 50 countries will be able to obtain an e-visa. It is issued free of charge on the basis of an application from a foreign citizen. It must be submitted four days before the date of entry. A special website has also been created for obtaining visas.
A year ago, electronic visas began to operate for entry into the Kaliningrad region, and from October 1 - for entry into St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.