Far East Hosted 2.6 Thousand People on e-Visa
2.6 thousand people from 12 countries arrived to Vladivostok on an e-Visa. Since the rise of implementing the program of facilitated admission into Primorye 4209 people from 18 countries used it applying for receiving the e-Visa.
"The mechanism is rather simple: A Chinese citizen can visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs without leaving home, fill in the form, wait for the answer within 4 days. After that he/she shall buy a ticket and visit Vladivostok for 8 days. One doesn't have to visit an embassy or consular agency and pay the consulage. So far more than 2 thousand Chinese citizens have used the e-Visa. It can be received in 20 minutes", commented Aleksandr Galushka, Minister of Development of Russian Far East.
1492 people from the People's Republic of China have come to Vladivostok on the e-Visa. Japan is on the second place: 1027 people arrived on the e-Visa. Citizens of 10 other countries also used the e-Visa: 48 citizens of Singapore, 17 citizens of India, 7 citizens of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 6 citizens of Saudi Arabia, 3 citizens of Iran, 3 citizens of UAE, 2 citizens of Turkey and citizens of Algeria, Kuwait and Mexico (one representative from each country).
Now citizens of 18 countries can apply for receiving an e-Visa at the special website. This should be done 4 days before the intended admission. The e-Visa is issued for free without any charges.
Since January 1, 2018, the e-Visa application scope will be extended: it will allow admission to Kamchatka and Sakhalin Oblast. 11 checkpoints will serve this goal in a new fashion. Now two of them are operating in Vladivostok: an offshore post and Knevichi Airport. Next year it's planned to open Pogranichnyi, Khasan and Makhalino railway checkpoints, Poltavka and Turii Rog automobile border-crossing points and Zarubino, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsii, Korsakov and Posyet offshore posts.
It should be recalled that at the moment preparations are made for providing admission into Chukotka, Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Amur Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai and Magadan Oblast on an e-Visa via airports. In follow-up of the meeting of the State Council general committee held in Vladivostok Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, instructed to make the Far East more accessible for foreigners.