Russia has signed into law a change in visa issuance that will permit foreign nationals to enter and exit Vladivostok on eight-day electronic visas on arrival.
Single business, tourist, and humanitarian electronic visas – with an authorized period of stay up to eight days – will be issued without a consular fee to foreign citizens coming to Russia via border crossings in Vladivostok free port.
Foreign nationals will be able to visit any of five far eastern regions where the free port regime is in place, including Primorsky and Khabarovsk Territories, Sakhalin Region, Chukotka and Kamchatka.
They will have an opportunity of free travel within the entire regions. Foreign citizens with electronic visas should leave Russia also via the border crossings in Vladivostok free port territory.
Alexander Galushka, the Russian Minister for Far East Development said, “The simplified visa regime will make possible to attract more investors and tourists, who will find it simpler to go to the Far East.”
The facility will be especially useful to attendees of the successful Eastern Economic Forum.
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Vladivostok is a key entry point for Chinese, Japanese and Korean business people looking for opportunities in eastern Russia. China Southern and several other airlines offer direct flights into the city, which is a major shipping, commercial fishing, automotive and tourism hub.
It is Russia’s largest port opening onto the Pacific Ocean, and is also connected to the Trans-Siberian Railway, with additional rail links through to North Korea and China. Vladivostok also has its own Free Port and Special Economic Zone.
Vladivostok map courtesy of the Eastern Economic Forum