The draft law on entry to Russia via the Far Eastern airports on electronic visas was adopted

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a draft law on the extension to the airports of the Far Eastern Federal District (FEF) of the procedure for entry into the Russian Federation for electronic visas.

“The draft law provides for the possibility to distribute passes on the territory of air checkpoints located on the territory of the Far Eastern Federal District, a simplified procedure for the entry of foreign citizens on electronic visas,” the RF Government’s explanatory note to the document says. In the opinion of the Cabinet, this will increase the tourist flow to the region and increase its investment attractiveness.

According to the document, the list of DFO airports will be determined by the Russian government. It is explained that currently there are nine airports on the territory of the Far Eastern Federal District: Anadyr (Ugolny), Blagoveshchensk, Vladivostok (Knevichi), Magadan (Sokol), Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Elizovo), Providence Bay, Khabarovsk (Novy), Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Khomutovo), Yakutsk. “Among them, in addition to the Vladivostok air checkpoint (Knevichi), which already operates on electronic visas, the following aerial checkpoints are technically equipped: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo), Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk (Novy), Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo). It is to these air checkpoints located on the territory of the Far Eastern Federal District, a simplified procedure for the entry of foreign citizens on electronic visas will be distributed, “the bill clarifies.

Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation through the points of entry of international airports on the basis of electronic visas will have the right to freedom of movement within the territory of the subject of the Russian Federation to which entry is made.

The system for issuing electronic visas for visits to the Far East to foreign nationals of 18 states earned in August last year. Now by e-visa you can come to three Far Eastern regions. In the Primorsky Territory, the Vladivostok (Knevichi) air checkpoint, the Vladivostok, Posiet and Zarubino maritime checkpoints, the Pogranichny, Khasan, Makhalino railway checkpoints, the Poltavka car checkpoints . “Thury horn.” Also, through a simplified procedure, through sea checkpoints, you can enter Sakhalin and Kamchatka.

According to the State Secretary – Deputy Minister of the RF for the Development of the Far East Pavel Volkov, the mechanism is in demand, already issued more than 17 thousand electronic visas. “At the end of the first quarter we recorded that the number of entries on paper visas and electronic visas was equal, and the number of foreign citizens entering the Far East for a short period increased by 30 percent. In this regard, we believe that the mechanism of electronic visas has justified itself and its potential will increase, “the State Secretary said.

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