The Russian International Ministry says solely round 1,000 US nationals obtained entry paperwork within the first quarter of this yr
Russia’s International Ministry has stated it solely issued round 1,000 journey visas to US residents within the first three months of this yr. There was additionally a pointy drop within the variety of guests from European nations, though the ministry insisted that individuals on the continent haven’t misplaced curiosity in visiting Russia.
In an interview with Russia’s RIA Novosti information company printed on Friday, the pinnacle of the consular division of the International Ministry, Alexey Klimov, defined that the overwhelming majority of visas granted to Individuals had been for tourism or household visits.
“We will state that there’s very low demand for enterprise visas,” the diplomat added, placing the variety of such paperwork issued to US nationals within the first quarter of 2023 at a number of dozen.
As for Europeans, the ministry registered a virtually ten-fold decline within the variety of visas issued in comparison with pre-pandemic ranges, Klimov informed reporters. Despite the fact that the whole determine stood at 48,500, the official argued that there are indicators that European residents’ “curiosity in enterprise in addition to vacationer journeys to Russia” continues to be there.
On different fronts, the dynamics are extra optimistic, in accordance with Klimov. Total, there was a 16% year-on-year rise within the variety of visas issued throughout the first three months of 2023.
A complete of 52,000 out of practically 145,000 journey visas issued had been for Chinese language nationals, the diplomat famous. Rising curiosity in journey to Russia has resulted in a greater than 13-fold soar within the variety of vacationer entries by PRC residents over the previous yr. A rising variety of folks from Asia’s main financial system are visiting for enterprise and training functions, Klimov informed RIA Novosti.
In mid-February, the US Division of State issued a journey advisory, warning Individuals towards going to Russia “as a result of unpredictable penalties of the unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian navy forces, the potential for harassment, and the singling out of U.S. residents for detention,” amongst different issues.
In Might 2021, Russia designated the US an ‘unfriendly nation’ together with the Czech Republic. Following the beginning of Moscow’s navy marketing campaign towards Ukraine final February, and the next imposition of EU sanctions on Russia, the entire bloc ended up on the record.
The standing entails, amongst different issues, the total or partial suspension of simplified visa agreements with such states together with particular person entry bans for individuals who are deemed to have dedicated hostile acts towards Russia.