Russia to ease Far East visa process

Jiji Press MOSCOW (Jiji Press) — Russia will simplify visa procedures for travel to its Far East through checkpoints at Vladivostok by citizens of 18 countries including Japan, effective from Aug. 1, the Far Eastern development ministry said Monday.

Visitors from the 18 countries will be able to obtain visas upon arrival for staying for up to eight days, if they make visa applications in advance through the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

Holders of the type of visas will be allowed to travel in certain areas only.

“The initiative is aimed at enhancing the investment appeal of the region and expanding business ties by facilitating projects involving foreign companies, and attracting more foreign tourists,” the ministry said.

The Russian government has been working to implement the initiative before an Eastern Economic Forum meeting in Vladivostok in September.

Russian President Vladimir Putin puts emphasis on the annual event, which is expected to bring together key international figures including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Speech

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