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Finally it happened! Russia grants 8-day visa-on-arrival access

By the act of 2015 the city of Vladivostok was awarded a special status of Free Port, which implies a simplified visa regime for entering into it.

When crossing the Russian state border at Vladivostok Free Port, an 8-day visa can be issued immediately at the border. Foreigners will be allowed to enter the Free Port zone and the area adjacent to it including 14 municipalities: Vladivostok, Artem, Ussuriisk, Bolshoy Kamen, Nakhodka and Partizansk, Nadezhdinsky, Spassk-distant, Shkotovsky, Oktyabrsky, Partizansky, Border, Khasan, Olginsky and Khankaisky districts, including their marine waters. However, visitors who enter Russia by Vladivostok Free Port are not permitted to leave the territorial limits of the zone.

simplified visa regime to Russia

The visa-free regime has been introduced on the territory of Free Port of Vladivostok since 1 January 2016. The total area covered by the special regime, is 28 sq km and it is home to 1.4 million people.
Vladivostok is the biggest Russian city-port at the east and the final stop of the Trans-Siberian railway. It is one of the international sea routes for many countries, including Japan, Korea and China.

The special regime for Vladivostok Free Port is established by Federal Law No. 212-FZ “On Free Port of Vladivostok” dated 13 July 2015 and a number of laws introducing amendments to other legislative acts.

 

Update: Not So Fast: Simplified visa regime postponed to 2017

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