Russia may allow short visits without visa

According to a story in the Moscow Times newspaper, foreign visitors may soon be able to travel for special events and holidays, of no more than 3 days duration, without a visa. According to the story (see below) the Parliament may take up the matter in October.

A bill will be introduced in the fall authorizing visa-free travel to Russia for a period of three days for tourists attending major cultural events, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets announced Friday.

“We want to introduce a program to increase the flow of tourists. This includes domestic tourism as well as visa-free schemes related to cultural events in Russia,” Golodets told journalists, Interfax reported.

She added that the program could function during opera or ballet festivals at the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theaters and at large museums. Russia has relaxed its visa laws for special events in the past, including the 2008 Champions League football final held at Luzhniki Stadium between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Read more more at the Moscow Times.