The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the government of Russia have signed a reciprocal visa waiver agreement.

This agreement will allow citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Russia to travel to the respective countries for up to 90 days per year for tourism, cultural exchange or business purposes.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves signed the agreement with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week.

Dr. Gonsalves said Russia is the largest territorial area of any nation state in the world.

The Prime Minister said visa waiver agreements are important for St. Vincent and the Grenadines since it would allow for increased travel, trade and economic activities with other countries.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gonsalves explained that citizens of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Nigeria and Dominican Republic currently require visas to come to St. Vincent and the Grenadines; however he is considering taking a proposal to Cabinet to have the visa requirements for Nigeria and Dominican Republic rescinded.

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