Russia agrees to expedite visa issuance for EU patients at Russian clinics
KALININGRAD, October 17 - RAPSI. Russia has agreed to expedite the issuance of visas to EU citizens undergoing medical treatment at its clinics, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting on hi-tech medical aid development on Wednesday.
At the meeting, Kaliningrad Governor Nikolai Tsukanov asked him to help expedite visas for foreigners undergoing medical treatment in Russia. He noted that these visas should be issued on the border. Medvedev assured him that Russia is ready to take this step. However, he noted that the road map to adopt a simplified visa regime between the EU and Russia has had its fair share of hiccups, he said.
Russia is in talks with the EU to amend legislation and to liberalize visa procedures, which would allow some citizens to travel without visas. Moscow and Brussels finished discussing the step-by-step transition late last November. The list of joint measures for developing a visa-free regime deal was agreed upon at the Russia-EU summit in Brussels on December 14-15.