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Indian Tourists can apply for e-Visa for Russia - starting 01 January 2021

Posted : 12 August 2020 04:41:13 | By TWO Bureau | GNN BUREAU

Indian Tourists can apply for e-Visa for Russia - starting 01 January 2021

On July 31, 2020, Russian President Mr. Vladmir Putin signed a law on the introduction of a single entry electronic visa for visiting Russia starting from January 1, 2021.
Experts in the tourism sector believe that such a step may eventually significantly strengthen Russia's position as a tourist power in the competitive field with other countries. The system for issuing paper entry visas to Russia is outdated and has become a barrier to tourists in the age of digitalization.
Now, a universal single-entry electronic visa will radically simplify the process of obtaining a permit, allowing a foreign citizen to stay in Russia for up to 16 days in a period of up to 60 calendar days. In addition, guests of the country will not be linked to a specific region, but will be able to move around the country to any region of his choice.
With international borders being closed due to coronavirus, led to significant losses for the Russian tourism industry. The e-tourist visa, which will start in Russia next year, is designed to help make up for losses and overcome the industry crisis. Citizens of 53 countries, including India, will be able to take advantage of the offer.
In order to apply for an electronic visa, a tourist will only need to fill out an online application, which will be reviewed by the foreign Ministry within four days.
Sergey KorneevChairman of the Committee for tourism development of Saint Petersburg, commented: "Decisions are made dynamically in the world. Now, because of the pandemic, the process has accelerated even more. If earlier in Germany, tourists booked trips six months or a year in advance, now even Germans decide where and when to go more situationally and on the last minute. I think the post-viral tourist will be like this for a long time. Therefore, it becomes especially important to allow you to quickly and comfortably organize your trip. A single tourist visa will allow you to do this."

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