The list of the countries whose citizens can visit the Far Eastern
Federal District on an electronic visa was expanded from 18 to 53. Mikhail
Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation signed the
appropriate order on
24 January 2020.
According to the statistics by the Ministry for the Development of the
Far East and the Arctic, as of 20 January 2020 the total of 187,599 electronic
visas have been issued. 144,825 went to the citizens of China, with 37,136 to
the citizens of Japan, and 2,562 to the citizens of India. 97% electronic visa
recipients arrive via border control points located in the Primorye Territory.
“Simplified visa procedures are a key element of the national Far East
development programme. Today, Vladivostok emerges as a regional business
activity centre. The city hosts large scale cultural events, its tourist
infrastructure is expanding, all the while ambitious investment projects are
being implemented. Thanks to the new visa procedures, I am confident that the
number of foreign guests and participants of the Eastern Economic Forum that
takes place 2 to 5 September 2020 will continue to grow,” said Anton Kobyakov,
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation.
Electronic visas are being issued in the Fat Eastern
Federal District since August 2017. “During the past 2.5 years the mechanism
proved to be very popular, while the last year was record-breaking: the number
of visas issued exceeded that of 2018 three times! The Far East is now even
more open to the foreign tourists, it is far easier for investors to come here.
The fact that this privilege has been expanded to the citizens of 53 countries
is a logical continuation of the region’s development. Our priority task is
making sure everyone is comfortable in the Far East,” said Alexander Kozlov,
Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the
Citizens of the following 53 states can use electronic
visas: Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Vatican, Hungary, Germany,
Greece, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Qatar,
Cyprus, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia,
Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the
Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia,
Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, the
Philippines, Finland, France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden,
Estonia, and Japan.
Travelers with the electronic visa must use one of the
following border control points: Vladivostok (Knevichi),
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Elizovo), Blagoveschensk (Ignatyevo), Khabarovsk
(Novy), Uzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo), Anadyr (Ugolny), Chita (Kadala), and
Ulan-Ude (Baikal). Additionally, marine terminals are available in the Sakhalin
Region, Primorye and Kamchatsky Territories, plus railway control points of Pogranichniy,
Khasan, and Makhlino, as well as automobile control points of Poltavka and
Electronic visas allow one entry for up to 8 days
without an extension possibility. The visa is valid for 30 calendar days.
Photo source: TASS