Easier travel between Vanuatu and Russia as visa waiver agreement comes into effect

Vanuatu's Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone and Russia's Foreign Minister conclude the visa waiver agreement in New York earlier this week. Photo: Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia

Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone and Russia’s Foreign Minister conclude the visa waiver agreement in New York in September this year. Photo: Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia

Citizens of Vanuatu and Russia no longer require a visa to enter each other’s countries, as a new visa waiver agreement between the two countries has now come into effect.

The Governments of Vanuatu and Russia signed an agreement in New York in September this year on the mutual abolition of visa requirements for the citizens of both countries. According to the agreement, citizens of either Vanuatu or Russia may transit or enter the other country for up to 90 days as visitors without requiring a visa.

Visas will still be required for the purposes of work, study or permanent residence, however.