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One hundred thousandth foreigner arrived in the Far East on an electronic visa

The number of foreigners arriving on an electronic visa to the Far East exceeded one hundred thousand.

The flight from Norita at the Vladivostok International Airport was met by representatives of the regional administration, Rossiya Airlines, airport employees, the Agency for Attracting and Supporting Export (ANO IPA), and journalists. The guests of honor were two twenty-two-year-old Japanese girls: Risu Saito, an employee of an  ITcompany, and Nao Tsushiya, a fourth-year student at a Japanese university.

“Before, I didn’t know that Russia is so close to Japan, but recently Russia is becoming more and more popular in Japan. I am glad that I have the opportunity to fly here and see the Far East. This is my last weekend. Then the study begins. I decided to go on a trip to Russia, ”said Nao Tsushiya.

Among the gifts, the tourists received a certificate for an excursion trip on the sailing ship "Nadezhda" across the Amur Bay. “We thought about taking a trip on a ship, and now we have received a gift certificate. We know that in Vladivostok there are many buildings related to the history of Japan. We would like to visit them too, ”Saito told Risu.

“Primorsky Krai is the leader of the Far East in the number of visitors from abroad and other regions. More than 73% of the incoming tourist flow of the Far Eastern Federal District is accumulated here. Primorye is one of the three leading Russian regions in terms of inbound tourism development after Moscow and St. Petersburg, ”said Konstantin Shestakov, director of the tourism department of the Primorsky Territory.

According to him, the geographical location of the region itself contributes to the development of the Primorsky Territory as an inter-regional tourist hub of the Russian Far East - the starting point for the formation of tourist routes along the international corridors Asia-Russia-Europe and Russia-Asia-Russia. “Our region has everything in order to become a key point in the formation of package tours for foreign tourists both in the Far East and throughout Russia. Direct flights connect Vladivostok, the capital of Primorye, with the cities of Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, the DPRK (Pyongyang), Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. In summer, flights to 53 domestic and international destinations are carried out from Vladivostok Airport, ”he said, noting that event tourism is actively developing - more than 250 events of various levels are annually held in the region.

According to Leonid Petukhov, Director General of the Far East Investment Promotion and Export Support Agency, the simplified visa regime helps to develop business ties. “The electronic visa mechanism has proven itself positively. We can quickly agree with investors on organizing a business mission to potential sites for launching investment projects, and increasing the visa term allows us to create a more saturated program and plan additional events, ”he commented, explaining that business activity is increasing on the eve and during the Eastern Economic forum. “Over the years of its holding, the Forum has become a vibrant business event on a global scale. Representative delegations from Europe and Asia arrive in Vladivostok.

The electronic visa mechanism has been operating in the Far Eastern Federal District since August 2017. An application for an electronic visa is accepted on a specialized site. This must be done four days before the intended entry. An electronic visa is issued free of charge, without charging a consular fee. The simplified visa regime was developed by the Ministry for the Development of Russia on behalf of Vice Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev. As the Deputy Prime Minister has repeatedly said, the introduction of an electronic visa mechanism "will directly affect the improvement of the investment climate and will help the development of the tourism industry."

“Our Agency is actively using the electronic visa mechanism for organizing business missions and inviting entrepreneurs to negotiate with Russian partners, inspecting potential sites for launching projects,” explained Stanislav Varnakov, ANO IPA project director.

Citizens of 19 countries can apply for a visa to visit the Far East: Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, China, North Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan. Since June 19 of this year, Taiwan has been included in the list of countries; for a month and a half, the Far East was visited by 176 citizens of this state.

The electronic visa is actively used by tourists and entrepreneurs. The simplified visa regime has been repeatedly used by guests and participants of the Eastern Economic Forum, and this year will not be an exception. The most popular electronic visa is enjoyed by citizens of China. More than 83 thousand citizens of this country have already taken advantage of it. In second place are residents of Japan. Almost 22 thousand Japanese arrived on an electronic visa in the Far Eastern Federal District. In third place are residents of Singapore. 239 citizens of this country came to the Far Eastern Federal District on an electronic visa. Indian citizens are only slightly behind (221 arrived).

Today, checkpoints operate in Vladivostok (Knevichi), Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo), Blagoveshchensk (Ignatievo), Khabarovsk (Novy), Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo) and Anadyr (Ugolny), Chita (Kadala) and Ulan-Ude (Baikal ) In addition, maritime checkpoints operate in the Sakhalin Region, Primorsky and Kamchatka Territories. In Primorye, you can get an electronic visa through the railway checkpoints “Border”, “Hassan”, “Makhalino”, automobile checkpoints “Poltavka” and “Turiy Rog”.



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