India has asked Russia to simplify the issuing of visas for its citizens. A TASS correspondent learned this on Friday from Alexei Pushkov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, who the day before, took part in a meeting of Russian and Indian parliamentarians led by the State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin and Speaker of the Lok Sabha (Lower House) of the Indian Parliament Sumitra Mahajan.
“The Indian side approached us with a request to simplify the visa regime, especially with respect to procedures for the issuance of long-term business visas, as well as reducing the time it takes to process documents as a whole,” said Mr. Pushkov. “I believe that this issue deserves consideration by the Russian government.”
His said that upon their return to Moscow, the parliamentarians “will inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies responsible for visa policy about India’s position on this issue”. “I believe that this request has its merits, and we must give it our attention,” said Mr. Pushkov.
In November last year, India introduced electronic visas for travelers from 43 countries, including Russia. These are issued in just four days after submitting the required documents via a special website, and apply to tourist and business travelers staying in India for up to 30 days, as well to people coming into the country to visit relatives and friends receiving medical treatment there.
First published in Russian by TASS.
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