Beginning on August 1, Russia will begin providing electronic visas (e-visas) to holders of Indian passports, enabling travelers to get travel authorization more quickly for a variety of purposes, including business trips, visiting visits, and tourism. There is no need to consult with embassies or other organizations because the e-visa may be utilized just like a conventional visa.

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What you need to know about Russian e-visas is provided below: 

The e-visa will be valid for 60 days and let travelers stay in Russia for a maximum of 16 days on each trip. 

With a maximum processing period of four days and a $40 consular charge, the application procedure is anticipated to be quicker.

E-visas are biometric and electronic visas that grant passport holders the same privileges as traditional visas.

As Moscow works to build closer links with countries like China, India, and Africa, it is clear that the city is making an effort to draw visitors and business travelers from new markets. Russia hopes to attract Indian visitors by simplifying and streamlining the visa application procedure and providing them with a straightforward method to travel to the nation.

The e-visa capability will now be available to nationals of 52 countries, including China, India, and African countries. The change occurs as international travel from Western nations has significantly decreased as a result of the continuing conflict in Ukraine.

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According to official statistics, the number of foreign visitors to Russia fell by 40%, from 290,000 in 2021 to 190,000 in 2022.

To build closer connections with China, India, and African countries, Moscow has taken this action to draw tourists and business travelers from new areas. Russia hopes to draw Indian visitors by simplifying the visa application procedure and giving them an easy method to travel across the nation.

Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine more than a year ago, which has resulted in hundreds of deaths and millions of displaced people, Moscow has turned to China, India, and African countries to forge stronger connections.