The United States suspended the issuance of visas neimmigratsionnykh in Russia. Restrictions will come into force on 23 August and will act in Moscow till the 1st of September. In other regions of the country issuing visas is going to stop indefinitely. USA their actions explained by the fact that the Russian foreign Ministry demanded to reduce the number of employees of the U.S. diplomatic mission in our country, which in result, led to a shortage of manpower to process permits. What consequences will lead the next stage of a diplomatic war “MK” told the experts.
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The restriction will affect both tourists and athletes, diplomats, artists, participants of exchange programs, doctors and other categories of leaving citizens. The term of appointment, which is essential in obtaining a visa, abruptly postponed and not only for regions but also for the Muscovites. Moreover, the residents of the regions will issue visas only in Moscow. Still schedule your interview at the U.S. Consulate could be in any city in the country, noted in conversation with “MK” the press-Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Irina Tyurina.
“The Muscovites are actively formed in Saint-Petersburg, because there is all less and interview is possible to get before. Now, it is clear that residents of St. Petersburg will be recorded in the Moscow Consulate. Residents of Yekaterinburg, if they are willing to pay for additional flights to Moscow and back will also be issued in Moscow. Hardly Primorsky Krai will sign up for an interview in Moscow. Our prices for flights, it would in effect cost as much as another trip to the U.S., she said. — Now in Moscow the recording of the interview is in November. It is clear that residents of all regions will be switched on Moscow and the queue length will increase. We believe that a minimum of up to six months”.
The restriction will not lead to the collapse of the market, but osadochek remain, said the press Secretary of the PCT. Last year in total (with different purposes: tourist, business, private) was done in the United States from Russia 253 thousand visits, of which more than half is tourism. States take 24th place popular among Russians tourist destinations.
According to the President of the Union of Travel Agencies (CTA), Sergei Head, mass flow in America organized tourist groups from Russia, there is no “none of the tour operators are not doing it like we do sight seeing tours to Italy, Spain, France. No one wants to take responsibility in case of denial of visa” — says the expert.
In this situation, the lawyer believes that even if the hotel in USA are already booked on certain dates and paid the tourist pointless to demand financial compensation. “The state may at any time to deny you entry into its territory – it is his right,” — said partner of the law firm “SME consult” Maxim Pletnev.
In turn the analyst of Forex Optimum Ivan kapustyasky said that the possibility of obtaining a visa in Moscow is not much impact on the flow of tourists in the United States. “Citizens wishing to go to America would be to come to Moscow and get a visa. Their costs will increase the price of a ticket to Moscow and stay in the capital”, — he concluded.
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