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Russia and China have simplified the visa regime

Since 26 April of this year, owners of valid service passports of China and Russia can stay on the territory of the state of the other side without visas up to 30 days. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Embassy in China in a written interview with Xinhua News Agency.

On March 22, 2013, during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russia, the Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Russian Federation on Facilitating Travel of Citizens was signed, which comes into force on April 26, 2014.

The agreement provides for the introduction of a visa-free travel regime for holders of service passports of the two countries for up to 30 days in addition to the existing visa-free travel regime for holders of diplomatic passports of the two countries and a substantial simplification of visa requirements for mutual travel of various categories of citizens of the two countries. Participants in interstate cooperation projects will receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 2 years, the Embassy’s press service reported.

China and Russia are close neighbors to each other, the exchange of visits by citizens between the two countries is increasing and cooperation in various fields is expanding. In the new century, against the backdrop of deepening Sino-Russian comprehensive strategic interaction and partnership, humanitarian exchanges between the two countries have entered the "fast lane."

The data of the Embassy show that in 2012-2013 the cross-over "Year of Russia-China Tourism" played an important role in increasing tourist flows of the two countries. In 2013 alone, the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in China issued 67681 visas, of which more than half were tourist visas.

"The new agreement is aimed at creating more favorable conditions for the development and deepening of contacts between the citizens of the two countries, first of all - representatives of business circles, scientists, culture and sports," the press service of the Embassy said.

Thanks to the efforts of the foreign policy departments of China and Russia, some progress was made in simplifying the conditions for mutual trips of citizens of the two countries. 1 July 2009, the agreement on visa-free travel between Russia and the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China Hong Kong entered into force, according to which Russians can enter without a visa for a period of 14 days in Hong Kong, and the holders of Hong Kong passports leaving for Russia also get the same. 30 September 2012 came into force such an agreement between Russia and the Special Administrative Region of Macao, the period of visa-free stay - up to 30 days.

In addition, an agreement between the Government of the PRC and the Government of the Russian Federation on visa-free group tourist trips has been in effect since 29 in February of 2000.

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