Former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says it’s high time visa-free travel between the EU and Russia became a reality.
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The EU has agreements on visa-free travel to 50 countries, except Russia, but according to several media reports, the EU is not prepared for visa-free travel to the country.
Could visa-free travel to Russia finally become a reality? According to Russia’s top immigration official, such a move could happen sooner than many had hoped, with visa requirements for EU citizens being lifted by 2014 a ‘distinct possibility’.
In news from Armenia, big changes in the visa regime have been announced. As of January 10, all visitors hailing from EU nations can now enter the country without needing to apply for a visa beforehand, reports Oratert.com.
One of the biggest pains of travelling to Russia has always been its strict visa requirements, but that could be about to change for Malaysian tourists to the country after a top Kremlin envoy revealed they were considering a visa-waiver for visitors from the Asian state.
In news from Albania, the government there has temporarily lifted all visa requirements for travelers from Azerbaijan. For visits of up to 90 days, citizens there can travel to Albania at their leisure. This follows news that Albania allowed similar privileges to other countries.
Visa free travel to Russia is set to become a reality at last – but only for winter sports fans. With Russian and EU ministers edging ever closer towards an agreement that would scrap the current complicated visa arrangements, Russia could be prepared to make a gesture of goodwill by making the Sochi Winter Olympics […]
Since we reported on the Russia-Finland Free Visa issue, visitors to the Russian Federation via high speed rail have increased by 22 percent over the same period a year ago. According to the news, some 100,600 rail passengers traveled between Finland and Russia in the first quarter of 2011.
The one thing holding back Russian tourism more than anything else has been the visa issue; Russian visas are notoriously difficult to get, and the bureaucrats in charge simply won’t bend until they get what they want in return. Rather than give into the EU’s demands for short-term visa free travel, Russia are demanding something […]
Russia and Latvia presidents discussed the possibility of establishing a visa-free regime for the citizens of the two countries. So far, only an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism has been signed.
The door for visa-free travel between Russia and Finland was opened on Sunday as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Tarja Halonen officially opened a high speed rail service between St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The two leaders seemed positive about at least limited free-visa travel between the two countries. A positive outcome for rail between the two could well speed EU and Russian Federation talks to open up travel to Russia.
EU interior ministers are expected to lift visa requirements for Albanian and Bosnian citizens today, with a decision that will allow biometric passport-holders from the two countries to stay up to three months in any European state which is part of the Schengen zone. Britain and Ireland are not included, but non EU-states Switzerland, Iceland […]