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Putin establishes special procedure for foreigners to enter Far East

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law introducing a simplified visa regime in the Far East that provides a special entry procedure for foreign tourists and investors, the press service of the Ministry for the Development of Russian Far East reports.

According to the law, foreigners will be able to travel to any of the five Far Eastern regions with a free port regime — the Primorye and Khabarovsk Territories, Sakhalin Region, Chukotka and Kamchatka. In order to obtain a visa, foreign citizens will have to log on to a special website created by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and complete an application. If approved, the visa will be issued right at the Russian border. The application review period is 4 days. The visa will be valid for 30 days from the time it is issued with a permitted stay in Russia of up to 8 days. The visa will be free of charge.

Minister for the Development of Russian Far East Alexander Galushka said «the introduction of a completely new mechanism for Russia — an electronic visa — was supported by all the Far Eastern regions and the overwhelming majority of parliament. The simplified visa regime will help attract even more investors and tourists who will have an easier time travelling to the Far East». The Minister said participants and guests of the third Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held on 6–7 September, will be able to take advantage of the electronic visas.

Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Fast East Yuri Trutnev said «the law will directly improve the investment climate and help to develop the tourism industry».

The Law on the Free Port of Vladivostok, which provides a special procedure for foreigners to enter its territory, was previously drafted and adopted based on instructions from the Russian President. The implementation of this procedure required amendments to multiple federal laws.

Президент России установил особый порядок въезда иностранных граждан на Дальний Восток