Zakharova: Russia is holding talks with 24 countries on the abolition of visas

MOSCOW, March 2. Russia is holding talks with 24 countries to abolish visa requirements. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

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“As of February 2015 visa free entry to Russia was set to 106 citizens of foreign States, including the 37 countries, on ordinary passports. With 36 States we are talking about EU countries, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, USA, China, India, Japan and Egypt signed agreements providing for simplified issuance of visas according to direct invitations”, – the diplomat said.

“Negotiations on signing of agreements on simplification of visa formalities even with 40 countries, including 24 countries to abolish visa requirements”, – informed Zakharova.

“The experience of registration of electronic visas, which is practiced by a small number of countries for short-term tourists, of course, deserves attention. Currently the MFA takes part in the elaboration of the question of possibility of application of this procedure”, – noted the diplomat.

Russia stands for enhancing communication people

In December 2015 the Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov said that Russia is ready to follow the path of simplification of visa regime with neighbouring countries.

“Russia always supported and will support the facilitation of communication between people on both sides of the border with all countries. We are ready to go by the way of simplification of visa regime and even to go towards the abolition of visas. But it’s not one side to solve, we understand, but we are ready for it and will continue in this direction to move,” he said.