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Registration of electronic visas to Russia suspended
From January 1, 2021, the issuance of electronic visas for foreigners was to begin. However, such documents will not be made yet until the special order of the Foreign Ministry.
According to the press service of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, such measures are associated with the incidence of coronavirus. According to information Interfax, the law on the introduction of electronic visas began to work in 2020. It was assumed that from 2021, residents of 52 countries will be able to receive such a document. The visa is valid for 16 days, it can be issued in the mobile application and on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Consular fee - $ 40.
Representatives of the tourism industry noted that inbound tourism provides about 30% of the revenues of travel companies. In 2019, Russia earned about $ 11 billion in this area. However, even if e-visas were started to be issued, no one could use them due to the closure of borders.