The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced negotiations on visa facilitation with 18 countries

Director of the Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on the negotiations on visa facilitation with 18 countries The Director of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke about the work on the visa-free regime with Malaysia and the improvement of agreements with China and Hong Kong. In total, he said, Russia is negotiating with 18 countries

Russia is negotiating visa facilitation with the authorities of 18 countries, said Ivan Volynkin, director of the consular department of the Foreign Ministry, in an interview with TASS.

“The Russian Foreign Ministry is constantly working to simplify the visa regime with foreign countries” currently there are about 18 countries,»,— he said.

Among such countries, he named some states of Latin America and the Caribbean. According to Volynkin, a draft bilateral agreement on the mutual abolition of visas with Malaysia is under negotiation.

At the same time, Rostourism is working to improve the agreement on visa-free group tourist trips with China. The issue of increasing the period of visa-free trips of citizens is also being worked out with the Hong Kong side,— added Volynkin.

Russians can enter Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Barbados without a visa.

Visa-free stay up to 90 days is allowed in Abkhazia, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Grenada, Israel, Qatar, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama , Paraguay, Peru, El Salvador, Suriname, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador and Jamaica.

Russia also has a visa-free regime with other countries, but it implies a shorter stay in the country. The full list is published on the consular portal.

After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the diplomatic departments of Western countries and Russia began to expel each other's diplomats. This led to the suspension of the issuance of visas to Russians in the diplomatic missions of some countries.

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By mid-July, the Russian passport dropped one position in the ranking of world passports in terms of the number of visa-free destinations and took 50th place in it. According to this indicator, he was between the passports of Palau and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also lost to Honduras.

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