MOSCOW, January 30, 21:11 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Transport Ministry has come up with a proposal to permit foreign tourists arriving in Russia aboard long-distance trains to make stopovers lasting up to 72 hours without obtaining visas.
It proposes to make appropriate amendments in the federal Law on the Entry of the Russian Federation and Exit from it.
The proposal also urges the government to select the border-crossing stations open for the international passenger traffic where the passengers arriving in Russia by long-distance trains will be able to begin visa-free sojourns of up to 72 tours for the purposes of tourism.
Also, the cabinet of ministers will be expected to endorse the list of countries, the citizens of which will have the right to enter Russia by railway without obtaining visas.
At present, visa-free sojourns in Russia are offered to foreign tourists arriving on special cruise liners and/or ferryboats.
Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russia’s state railway corporation RZD, proposed back in 2010 to lift entry visas to the tourist arriving on the Allegro Express that cruises between Helsinki and St Petersburg.