to hike visa charges for Europeans – RBK

36 to hike visa charges for Europeans – RBK

The transfer is a response to the withdrawal from journey agreements by the EU and different international locations, sources have instructed the enterprise outlet

Russia will considerably improve visa charges for residents from EU nations and several other different European international locations, enterprise outlet RBK has reported. Based on authorities sources, a fee has already authorized the modifications proposed by the Overseas Ministry.

Along with the EU’s 27 members, the draft invoice listed Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland because the nations affected by the transfer, RBK mentioned on Monday.

Denmark, which is an EU member, was additionally particularly cited. Moscow and Copenhagen signed a deal to simplify the visa course of in 2008, though bilateral relations have deteriorated in recent times. After Denmark lowered the variety of entry papers issued to Russians, the Russian consulate in Copenhagen suspended its visa operations in September.

Visa charges for residents from the nations listed will rise from the present $37-$73 (€35-€70) to $50-$300 (€48-€286), relying on the kind of entry allow, RBK mentioned.

Based on the invoice, the Russian visa waiver program will now not cowl a number of classes of tourists from these international locations. This consists of the shut relations of Russian residents, officers, college students, athletes, folks concerned in scientific and cultural actions, and people touring to Russia for humanitarian causes comparable to medical therapy or to attend a funeral.

The Overseas Ministry mentioned that the measures would enable it to greater than double its earnings from issuing visas, RBK reported.

The transfer is a response to the withdrawal by the states listed from journey agreements with Russia after the outbreak of the Ukraine battle. It should additionally synchronize Russian visa charges with the costs charged by the international locations talked about, RBK mentioned.

The entire nations listed have already been designated ‘unfriendly states’ by Moscow for imposing sanctions, expelling diplomats, or finishing up different anti-Russian actions.

Nonetheless, in response to RBK, the Overseas Ministry defined that their residents will stay eligible for digital visas, which have been launched by Russia in August.

The e-visa utility course of takes 4 days and entails utilizing a devoted web site or cellular app. It prices round $52 (€50) and permits vacationers to remain in Russia for round two weeks as a vacationer, visitor, or enterprise customer.

Based on the Kommersant newspaper, the variety of international bookings of Russian accommodations elevated by 25% within the first month after digital entry permits turned accessible.

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