This post was originally published on 18 April 2017.
Indian citizens are now eligible to visit Russia’s Far East without a visa, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Monday.
Tourists and businessmen from 18 nations can visit the Russian Far East without visas, Russian News Agency TASS quoted Dmitry Medvedev as having said on Monday.
The list includes Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, China, North Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan.
“I have recently approved the list of countries, whose nationals can take advantage of the preferential regime. Businessmen and tourists will not need to undergo the traditional procedure of Russian visas receipt,” the Prime Minister said.
The only requirement is that they need to enter their personal details into a website created for this purpose.
“Cancellation of visa procedures for tourists and businessmen will promote growth of investment and tourist attractiveness of the Far East. The region will earn more money from tourist traffic growth” the prime minister said.
Eighteen countries from various regions selected by the reciprocity principle were included into the list. “This is not because these states are situated at a closer or longer distance – we are appropriately introducing bilateral agreements on visa-free travel for those ready to use such an approach for us,” he added.
The Far Eastern Federal District has land borders with the People’s Republic of China and North Korea to the south-west and maritime borders with Japan and the American state of Alaska. Although traditionally considered part of Siberia, the Russian Far East is categorized separately from Siberia in Russian regional schemes