1 Aug: Russia E-Visas for Indians Now Available
Beginning on August 1, Russia will begin issuing electronic visas (e-visas) to holders of Indian passports, enabling travelers to obtain travel authorization more quickly for a variety of purposes, including business trips, visitor visits, and tourism. There is no need to consult with embassies or other organizations because the e-visa can be used just like a regular visa.
- Visitors may stay in Russia for up to 16 days per visit with the help of an e-visa, which will have a 60-day validity period.
- With a maximum processing time of four days and a $40 consular fee, the application procedure is anticipated to be quicker.
- An e-visa is a biometric and electronic visa that provides passport holders with the same privileges as a conventional visa.
- Go to the official website from where you can apply
- Apply for a tourist visa from the various options available there
- It will direct you to a page with all the relevant information.
The decision by Russia to open up the e-visa system to citizens of 52 countries—including China, India, and African countries—comes as international travel from Western nations has significantly decreased as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. According to official statistics, the number of foreign visitors to Russia will fall by 40%, from 290,000 in 2021 to 190,000 in 2022.
As Moscow works to forge closer ties with countries like China, India, and Africa, it is clear that the city is making an effort to draw visitors and business travelers from new markets. Russia hopes to attract Indian tourists by simplifying and streamlining the visa application process and providing them with a convenient way to tour the nation.
Since the beginning of Russia’s extensive invasion of Ukraine more than a year ago, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and millions of displaced people, Moscow has sought closer ties with China, India, and African countries.