Putin requests proposals on visa-free travel to Russia for tourists from BRICS states

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the country's government until October 30 to submit proposals concerning the possibility of visa-free travel to Russia for tourists from member countries of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other states whose list will be confirmed later.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the country's government until October 30 to submit proposals concerning the possibility of visa-free travel to Russia for tourists from member countries of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other states whose list will be confirmed later.

The president issued an appropriate instruction, which was published on the Kremlin website, asking the Russian government "to analyze the practice of applying the norms to simplify the visa rules for foreign citizens and submit proposals envisioning the possibility of visa-free entry and [visa-free] short-term stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation as tourists (including en route [to other countries]) from BRICS countries and other countries whose list will be confirmed by the government."

The government will have to fulfill the presidential instruction by October 30.

The Russian president also gave the government until December 1 to present a presidential draft decree regulating foreign citizens' entry to Russia and their exit from the country in connection with international large-scale athletic, cultural, scientific and business events.

In addition to that, the cabinet has until February 1, 2016, to propose legislative amendments permitting a broader list of sea ports where foreign citizens and non-citizens visiting Russia as tourists will be able to enter the country when arriving on board sea-going passenger vessels.

Furthermore, before December 1, 2015, the Russian government will also have to draw up a set of measures aimed at promoting river and sea cruise tourism in Russia, including in districts adjacent to the country's northern and Far Eastern coasts.

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