The agreement on simplification of visa regime between Russia and the U.S.

11.21.2011

The agreement on simplification of visa regime between Russia and the U.S.

As we reported earlier, in March this year, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during his meeting with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden offered to do a historic step and introduce a visa-free regime between Russia and the United States.

November 19, 2011 at the island of Bali in the sixth East Asia Summit, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During the meeting the sides exchanged notes in connection with the Russian-American agreement on simplifying visa requirements for mutual travel of citizens of Russia and the United States. This agreement is subject to ratification by the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation.

Hopefully, after the Russian State Duma ratifies the agreement, Russian businessmen and tourists will be able to receive multiple U.S. visas valid for three years, and officials - annual multiple-entry visas.

As explained by the Russian Foreign Ministry representative Alexander Lukashevich, the agreement is subject to ratification by the Federal Assembly, as the three-year multiple-entry visas, which will give tourists and businessmen of both countries, are not provided by Russian law. After the ratification of the agreement tourists of both countries will be able to obtain multiple-entry visas for three years, and officials of two countries - multiple-entry visas valid for one year.

Also note, that earlier, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov underlined that the ultimate goal of Russia is entering the U.S. on a visa-free regime with the right of residence in 90 days.