The automatically filling of the migration cards

On September 10, 2011 K.O. Romodanovsky, Director of Russian Federal Migration Service, presented within an experimental project in terminal "D" of "Sheremetyevo" airport a new electronic information system, which enables an automatically filling of the migration cards in the cabins of passport control.

It is no coincidence that terminal "D" of the Sheremetyevo airport was chosen for installation and testing of the new equipment. With a high foreign passenger flow, it was necessary to test the system under at high loading level.

A bit of statistics. The number of the foreign citizens and persons without citizenship crossing the state border of the Russian Federation in the terminal "D" airport Sheremetyevo:

On arrival - 2 thousand / day, on departure - 1800/day,
In a month on arrival - 60 thousand, on departure - 54 thousand,
In a year on arrival - 720 thousand, on departure - 650 thousand.

Introduction of a new automatic system of filling in and issuing of migration cards in the cabins (48 in total) in the terminal "D" of "Sheremetyevo" airport allows to transmit in real-time mode the full information on the entry and exit of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship to the automatic system of the database of foreign citizens registration and will exclude errors due to manual processing of migration cards by employees of the migration service.

Besides, foreign nationals are not required to fill in the migration card manually.

The experiment has already started earlier in "Vnukovo" and "Domodedovo" Moscow airports, where automatic systems of filling in and issue of migration cards were installed.

As part of the project, there was demonstrated a new mobile complex of the FMS of Russia with special equipment for operative access to the information bases of the agency.

   

Travel to Uruguay will be visa-free

September 26, 2011 during the 66th Session of UN General Assembly in New York, Luis Almagro and Sergei Lavrov - Foreign Ministers of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay and Russia - signed the agreement on abolishing visas for mutual trips of citizens of both countries.
Uruguay is located in the south-eastern South America and shares borders with Argentina and Brazil. In both countries the visa has been canceled. So now our travelers will be more convenient for a number of combined routes in Latin America.
However, it should be understood that on September 26 was just signed. Between the act and the entry into force of the document may take considerable time.

   

Embassy of the United States started the cooperation with the Russian Postal Service

Embassy of the United States started the cooperation with the Russian Postal Service: Now you can pay the visa fee at any of the post offices located throughout Russia. On the visa page of the U.S. diplomatic mission ustraveldocs.com, you can download the necessary samples of receipts.
Two working days after the payment of consular fee, the applicant may apply for an interview in convenient way: filling in an application on the Internet - page or call the "hotline". You must provide the number of money transfer specified in the check issued by the Russian Postal Service.
The second option of payment is bank VTB 24: in any of his department also accept visa fees, a receipt can be downloaded from the U.S. Embassy.
   

The Russian government approved a draft agreement with the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region of China about mutual cancellation of visas

The Russian government approved a draft agreement with the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region (Aomen) of China about mutual cancellation of visas, should be of the order of the Government dated 19 August, hosted on Wednesday at the bank of the federal regulations and administrative acts.

According to the draft agreement, citizens of Russia and Macao residents will be able to cross the border, with only international passport. However, length of stay of foreign citizens in Russia and Macao without a visa may not exceed 30 days, otherwise, you must obtain a visa.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation requested to hold talks with the Chinese side and sign this agreement on behalf of the Russian government.
The former Portuguese colony of Macao (Aomen), located on the coast of the South China Sea in December 1999 is a special administrative region under Chinese sovereignty.

MOSCOW, August 24 - RIA Novosti.

   

The U.S. Embassy revises the procedure for visas applications

The U.S. Embassy revises the procedure for nonimmigrant visas applications. From August 1st, Russian citizens will no longer need to apply  for visa via Pony Express. On-line registration and documents submitting will be available at the U.S. Embassy website.


It is expected that the new registration system will make the whole procedure easier for Russian citizens and will significantly reduce the costs for the applicants. At the same time the existing system of interviews appear to remain unchanged.

U.S. Embassy Moscow will host a live web chat on Thursday, 28 July at 3 pm to discuss the new visa appointment system. Everybody will have a chance to speak live with consular officers about the new system. Questions will be accepted in either English or Russian. Log on as a guest at https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/moscow/ on 28 July at 3 pm

   

Russia and the United States will sign an agreement to ease visa regimes between the two countries in the nearest future, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said

Russia and the United States will sign an agreement to ease visa regimes between the two countries in the nearest future, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We reaffirm that indeed there is a development of the text of the agreement, the final details are being processed now, and we hope very much that the signing will take place as soon as possible," the source quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.
Similar information was reported in the "round table" "US-Russia: ways of cooperation," the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. According to the U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Byerly, "three weeks Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed an agreement aimed at improving the visa regime ".
Also in May, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama announced plans to liberalize visa restrictions for businessmen and tourists traveling between the two countries.
Under the new agreement, eligible business travelers and tourists would be issued visas valid for 36 months at a unified and reciprocal fee.
At the present time, citizens of Russia can apply for 1 or 2 years visas at the US consulates in Russia. U.S. citizens travelling to Russia on business, have the opportunity to apply for a visa for a period of not more than 1 year. Yet visa procedures are generally much easier for U.S. citizens, who do not need to apply documents in person and can send the application to Russian consulates via post. At the same time, Russian citizens are almost always required to appear personally for an interview in the consulate of the United States.

Read more: Russia and the United States will sign an agreement to ease visa regimes between the two countries in the nearest future, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said

   

Ireland’s first formal Visa Waiver Programme

Government of Ireland has formally endorsed the proposal made by the Minister of Justice according to  which since 1 July 2011 the citizens of some States, holding a visa to the UK, will be also able to visit Ireland, without arranging a visa to this country.

Read more: Ireland’s first formal Visa Waiver Programme

   

To Abkhazia and South Ossetia with the Russian "ordinal" passport

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:20

Russia has ratified two agreements on mutual visa-free travel with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Relevant federal laws were signed by the President of the Russian Federation on April 5, 2011

Read more: To Abkhazia and South Ossetia with the Russian "ordinal" passport

   

Greece awaits tourists six days a week

Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:48

Visa Application Centre at the Greek Embassy in Moscow will work on Saturdays. Information about the innovation has been posted at the official website of the organization.

Read more: Greece awaits tourists six days a week

   

About new migration registration rules and etc.

Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:47

The new Federal Law № 42 from 20th of March enters into force. It will appreciably simplifies the residence of foreign nationals in Russia. The official release of the document is scheduled for March 25, 2011.

Read more: About new migration registration rules and etc.

   

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