India asks Russia to simplify rules for its citizens

March 03, 2015
Russia to make easier visa regulations for Indian citizens

Indians are seeking simpler visas from Russians. This was discussed in a meeting where both Russian and Indian parliamentarians had taken part. Key members in this meet were Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan of the Lok Sabha or the Lower House of the Indian Parliament and Sergei Naryshkin, who is the State Duma Chairman.

According to Alexei Pushkov, their Indian counterparts have requested them to consider simplifying the visa policy with regards to procedures for the issuing of business visas for long-term basis and also for lessening the duration of time it takes for processing documents overall. He added that this matter needed to be considered by the government of Russia.

Pushkov said that once they returned to Moscow, the parliamentarian members would inform the Foreign Affairs Ministry, plus other agencies which are involved in visa policies, about India’s position in this regard. It was his belief that this request had its advantages; therefore, they must give importance to it. In November, 2014, India started the e-visas scheme for visitors from 43 nations which also included Russia. 

The electronic visas are handed over in a mere four days after submission of the necessary documents in a special online website. Through this visa, business travelers and visitors who wish to stay in India for a period of 30 days, individuals who arrive here to visit friends and family or friends or even for receiving medical aid are welcome.

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