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Russia and Brunei signed an agreement on mutual visa abolition  13.11.2017 09:20

As reported the Russian News Agency TASS on Wednesday, November 8, tourists from Russia will be able to visit Brunei without a visa, the corresponding agreement was adopted at the APEC meeting in Danang (Vietnam). The document was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and the second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Lim Jock Seng on the part of Brunei. An effective date of this agreement has not been announced yet.

It should be noted that at the moment, the average time for processing entry documents to Brunei is 1 month. A single-entry visa costs $16, a multiple-entry visa costs $24.

Experts consider this agreement to be positive, first of all, for Russian tourists traveling in Borneo. According to the Director General of the "ART-TOUR" tour operator Dmitry Arutyunov, tourists mainly visit Brunei within the framework of combined tours including a trip to Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. However, earlier many of our compatriots did not visit Brunei because of visa formalities. According to his estimates, tourists will be able to stay there for a couple of days now.

"It makes sense to go there to feel the contrast after traveling through the Malaysian part with its wildlife, jungle and famous Asian elephants. Brunei is a kind of Asian Dubai," said D. Arutyunov.

 "This is a good step towards each other proving a positive attitude towards Russia," add Arutyunov in an interview with a correspondent.