The cost of a Russian visa for citizens of the European Union (EU) will increase to $300, and it is also planned to cancel the benefits for obtaining it. The measure will not affect tourists, but will affect those who come to visit relatives, says the bill prepared by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared and submitted to the government a bill that provides for an increase in visa fees and the abolition of visa benefits for citizens of the EU, Denmark, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland entering Russia. <...> The proposals were developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a response,” writes RBC with reference to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bill.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposes to collect a fee from everyone entering Russia from these countries, and increase the cost, depending on the urgency and frequency, to 50-300 dollars. But the cost of an e-visa for tourists, which can also be used by European citizens, will be $52.
Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to simplify the application form for an electronic visa to the Russian Federation for foreigners. The country does not plan to simplify the application form for obtaining an electronic visa for foreigners.