Over 128 thousand foreigners visited the Far East with an electronic visa
Thanks to the simplified visa processing regime, regions of the Far East of the Russian Federation were visited by over 128 thousand foreigners, while an electronic visa was issued to 168,8 thousand residents of other countries.
"Since the beginning of an electronic visa program, such type of visa became most popular among Chinese citizens – 130,653 people have got it. Japan is on the second position, 33,495 people used the simplified system. Traditionally, on the third line in terms of popularity of e-visas are citizens of India – (2,427 applications)," the press service of the Ministry of the Development of the Russian Far East Region reported.
The most popular place is Primorsky Krai - 124 thousand 623 people visited it with electronic document. The number of people visiting the Khabarovsk Territory and Sakhalin Oblast is 1,440 and 1,321, respectively.
The electronic visa regime is acting in the Far East since August 2017. An application for an electronic visa is accepted on a specialized web-site. An electronic visa is issued free of charge, without charging a consular fee.
You can arrive in the region of the Far East with an electronic visa through air border checkpoints in Vladivostok (Knevichi), Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo), Blagoveshchensk (Ignatievo), Khabarovsk (Novy), Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo), Anadyr (Ugolny), Chita (Kadala) and Ulan-Ude (Baikal). In addition, maritime checkpoints are located in the Sakhalin Region, Primorsky and Kamchatka Territories.
Citizens of 19 countries can apply for an electronic visa: these are Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, China, North Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan. Since June 19, 2019, Taiwan has been included in the list of countries – as of the present time, citizens of this country received 343 visas.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.