A previously signed agreement between the Maldives’ authorities and the government of the Russian Federation on visa-free trips for tourism and transit purposes has come into force on July 25. From now on, travelers between both countries do not need to apply for a Russia visa before taking a trip to the other country.
The bilateral deal was signed a month ago, on June 25, 2019, in Moscow, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid, which was the first visit ever of a Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives to Russia.
“Citizens of Russia and the Maldives, who own international civil, diplomatic and service passports, can enter, exit, transit, as well as continuously stay in the territory of the states of each party without a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of entry, provided that such stay is not used by them for employment, study or permanent residence,” a press release of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained.
On the occasion of the agreement signing, Minister Lavrov said that Russia and the Maldives took another step towards improving contractual legal framework with the signing of the agreement.
“… we signed an agreement on visa-free travel for our citizens, which will facilitate the growth of the tourist flow and, in general, the development of contacts between our business circles and in other areas. We agreed to expedite the coordination of a number of projects that we are working on, including the agreement on the extradition and transfer of imprisoned individuals,” Lavrov said.
The Maldives is a popular tourist attraction for Russians. The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier reported that in 2018 alone, 38,000 Russian citizens vacationed in the island country.
The Russian Federation has recently made a lot of changes to its visa system, in a bid to increase the number of foreign tourists to the country. Only last month, Russian authorities decided to add several extra countries to their e-visa program by also extending validity period and making the e-visas valid for more Russian ports of entry than currently.
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