Visa-free regime on the territory of free port of Vladivostok start working from January 2016

VLADIVOSTOK, October 22. /Corr. Marina Shatilova, Natalia Nikulina/. Visa-free regime will work on the territory of free port of Vladivostok with effect from 1 January 2016. This was announced on Thursday at a meeting in Vladivostok, Russian Deputy Prime Minister – presidential Plenipotentiary envoy to the far Eastern Federal district Yuri Trutnev.

“From January 1, 2016 will be allowed the presence of foreign citizens on the territory of the free port for eight days,” – said Trutnev.

“In terms of other conditions, they will be phased in gradually. The law also provides for the mode of a free customs zone. This work needs to be debugged. I will charge the Deputy Minister for development of the Far East Alexander Osipov to accelerate this process”, – said Deputy Prime Minister.

“I am confident that the Maritime territory competitive, with the entry into force of the law on the free port of Vladivostok investment attractiveness of the region increased. We will do whatever is necessary to the environment for business here was comfortable”, – said Trutnev.

Earlier, the Minister for Far East development Alexander Galushka said that the introduction of such a regime, you must accept regulations. “The relevant draft resolution prepared by the Ministry, we expect that within one month of adoption of the relevant resolution of the government. The law on the free port of Vladivostok, but rather the norm of an eight-day visa, is contained in the law-the satellite, which amended a number of laws and regulations. This innovation was not easy way in life, and the current level of question is secondary legislation”, – said Galushka.

The regime of the free port of Vladivostok will be introduced from 12 October on the territory of 15 municipalities of Primorye: Vladivostok, Artem, Bolshoy Kamen, Nakhodka and Partizansk, Ussuriisk, Spassk-distant, Nadezhdinsky, Shkotovsky, Oktyabrsky, Partizansky, Border, Khasan, Khankaisky and Olginsky districts, including their marine waters.

The total area covered by the regime of free ports, is 28.4 thousand square kilometers, it is home to 1.4 million people or 75% of the population of the region.

However, a portion of statutory benefits still didn’t work. In particular, potential investors can not yet take advantage of the duty free regime when importing goods. Also the checkpoints across the border in the Free port of Vladivostok will begin to work around the clock.