Russian government has decided to strengthen its consular presence in regions with large Russian diasporas, as well as in countries popular with tourists. Country’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Yevgeny Ivanov, told RIA Novosti that the focus is on the CIS countries, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
According to Ivanov, it was decided to open consulates in the Maldives, Indonesian Denpasar (on the island of Bali), as well as in Belarusian Grodno, Kazakh Aktau, and Uzbek Samarkand.
Earlier in November, Ivanov said that the Ministry would prepare proposals for launching an electronic visa system and complete the relevant technical work by the end of 2022. According to the official, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will present proposals on launching a system for issuing unified electronic visas while maintaining a complete list of 52 foreign countries whose citizens are issued such documents, and a complete list of 92 checkpoints across the state border of Russia through which foreign travelers can enter the country.