The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared and submitted to the government a draft law providing for an increase in visa fees and the abolition of visa benefits for citizens of the EU, Denmark, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland entering to Russia. RBC writes about this with reference to sources.
The cost is expected to increase from the previously stated 35 to 70 euros (about $37 to $73) to $50 to $300, depending on urgency and frequency. In addition, visa-free entry will no longer apply to the following categories: close relatives, members of official delegations, officials, schoolchildren, students, participants in scientific, cultural and creative activities.
As a result, the department expects a 2.8-fold increase in revenue from visa issuance. The ministry’s explanatory note on the document indicates that European countries will be able to use the electronic visa launched in August. Its cost is $52, which is comparable to the price of a short-term, single-entry visa: $50.
- Previously, the Council of the European Union extended sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2024. The last of them, the so-called package number 11, was presented by the European Union in June. Russia, in response to the EU decision, expanded the restriction on the export of several goods from the country, which has been in force since March 2022.
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