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Electronic visas for foreigners may be introduced at the end of the year  21.01.2019 16:15

By October 2019, the concept of the project of automated border passage, the introduction of electronic visa and migration card should be developed. First, the system will operate in pilot mode at some border points, RBC reports on January 10.

Entering all Russian regions on e-visas can be allowed to foreigner nationals in three years. Such term is indicated in the activities plan of the federal project “Digital Public Administration” of the national program “Digital Economy”. Thus, the working version of the visa regime simplification program got continuation.

The amount required for the implementation of electronic visas is not disclosed. It is only known that the project will be implemented on the basis of payment system MIR. For its revision as well as for the development of the project of an e-passport of a Russian citizen, it is proposed to allocate 17.5 billion rubles from the budget of Russia in 2020 and 21.09 billion rubles in 2021. The performers will be the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of Transport and the FSB.

It should be noted that since August 2017, the law on the simplified visa regime has been in force in the Russian Far East. Citizens of 18 countries except the USA and the EU states can receive an electronic document. From July 2019, the e-visa experiment will start in the Kaliningrad region.

The head of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media Konstantin Noskov proposed introducing electronic visas for all foreign citizens on a permanent basis last summer. Vladimir Putin instructed the ministry to work this mechanism together with the Foreign Ministry.

According to tour operators, the difficulties in obtaining entry documents to our country obstruct the growth of tourist flow. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes a firm stand: all visa exemptions must be implemented only on the basis of reciprocity. Therefore, in practice, it is not necessary to expect simplified entry rules for European tourists, experts say.