Russia has eased the regime of entry in the port of Vladivostok for citizens of 18 states, according to a statement published on the Russian government official website on Monday.
The list of countries includes Turkey, Japan, Tunisia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, China, the Republic of North Korea and other countries. Residents of these countries will be able to get business, tourist and humanitarian visas in electronic form in order to enter the Primorye region.
The entry permit will be free and tourists will be able to stay in Russia for up to eight days. Before entering the country through the free port of Vladivostok, tourists will only have to enter their passport details on a special website, the TASS news agency reported, citing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The address of the website hasn't been announced yet.
On March 30, Russia and South Africa agreed on visa-free regime. Russians are now able to visit South Africa without a visa for up to 90 days following the exchange of diplomatic notes between the two countries.
In January this year, Russia simplified visa regime with Japan, providing Japanese citizens multi-entry tourist visas valid for up to six months.