GIS - 24 December, 2015:
A visa waiver agreement between Mauritius and the Russian Federation was signed yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade in Port Louis. The agreement provides for citizens of both countries to enter, stay in, exit, or transit, without a visa.
For the signing of the agreement on mutual abolition of visa requirements, Mauritius was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, and the Russian Federation by its Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Vyacheslav Nikiforov.
According to the agreement, the period of each stay should, however, not exceed 60 days, and the total period of authorised stay should not exceed 90 days within each period of 180 days. A visa would still be required for the purposes of employment, study, or residence.
In his address, Minister Sinatambou recalled that Mauritius has visa agreements with 106 countries already, including big countries like China and India. According to him, it is a great achievement for Mauritius to sign the visa waiver agreement with Russia.
The agreement will definitely bring the two countries together, said the Minister while recalling that last year some 13 000 Russian tourists visited Mauritius. The number will surely increase with the visa waiver agreement, he said.
Mr Sinatambou added that with the visa exemption, business between the Mauritius and Russia will surely increase and bring more revenue in the future.
For his part, Ambassador Nikiforov pointed out that the signing of this agreement is a landmark and a step forward in strengthening the relationship between Russia and Mauritius as well as bringing the two nations closer.
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