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E-visas to Russia will be available for all kinds of foreign tourists  22.02.2019 17:00

On Tuesday the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development informed that the new service for issuing e-visas to foreign tourists in Russia will be focused on individual travelers. "MarketPlace (the service for issuing e-visas to foreigners) will be focused primarily on individual travelers who use existing online services for self-planning of their travels. This is the target group of tourists who do not use the services of tour operators" - said the press service.

The Ministry stressed that "there are no plans to replace booking systems and integrators of hotels and airline tickets, where there is the type of consumption" and noted that the task of MarketPlace is to provide foreign tourists with impressions and comfortable services, including museums, events, meals, transport cards etc. "Specific packages are currently being formed", - said the press service.

The Ministry also explained that a foreign tourist who wants to use the service will have to choose a tourist package and pay for it, and then to fill in the necessary data for entry to Russia. If for any reason the foreign tourist is refused to entry, he will receive the cost of the package back.

Last Friday Sergey Galkin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, informed at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi that the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Communications and the Government are jointly developing a platform for issuing e-visas to foreigners for trips from three to eight days, subject to the purchase of a package.

On Monday, the Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin said that it is necessary to introduce electronic visas to Russia for citizens of almost all countries, as the long process of issuing of visas prevents foreign tourists from taking spontaneous decisions on trips to Russia. According to him, the introduction of electronic visa will give "a very serious flow of tourists".