Visa-free travel to Russia for Seychelles passport holders

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Visa-free travel to Russia for Seychelles passport holders

Post  Sirop14 on Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:12 am

Visa-free travel to Russia for Seychelles passport holders

03-September-2015


By the end of this year Seychelles passport holders will no longer need to apply for a visa when travelling to Russia.

This follows the signing yesterday of a new short stay visa waiver agreement between the two countries.

Through this agreement, Seychellois are allowed to visit Russia for a stay of up to 30 days without a visa and this is expected to be operational by December 2015.

Members of the public will be informed in due course of the exact date the agreement will come into effect once internal procedures pertaining to both sides are completed.

The agreement was signed at the Maison Quéau de Quinssy at Mont Fleuri by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan and the Russian ambassador accredited to Seychelles, Vladimir Belous.

Mr Belous said this is a very important step as it provides the possibility for the citizens of Seychelles to legally cross Russian borders hopefully before New Year, and it will improve the relations between the two countries.

“Although Russian citizens already had the possibility to visit Seychelles without a visa, it was unfortunate that we could not guarantee that same privilege for Seychellois visiting Russia. But with this new agreement all this will change and by the end of this year Seychellois can visit and experience wonderful Russian winter,” he said.

He also pointed out that there has been a delay in the realization of this waiver agreement as certain matters had to be settled between the two countries’ respective ministries.

For his part, Minister Morgan said that this agreement represents a lot of very long hard work that has enabled them to come to this point.

“It is the reflection of not only the improved working relationship that continues to grow between our governments; it is a sign of confidence by the Russian government in the Seychellois people, but it is also a sign of our own personal working relationship and the furtherance of our common objective in the interest of our two respective countries,” he said.

He pointed out that Seychelles is at the top of the list for Africa in terms of having the desirability of having a Seychellois passport. We are now the 129th country that either does not require a visa or is granted a visa upon arrival or a visa waiver.

He also highlighted his objective as foreign minister to continue increasing the accessibility of our citizens to the outside world.

“It is important for Seychellois to be able to prospect outside into the world in order to be able to further our cultural, economic, commercial and also our tourism ties,” he said.

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Letter to the Editor - ‘Proud to be a Seychellois’

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:36 pm

Letter to the Editor - ‘Proud to be a Seychellois’

04-September-2015
Reading your leading article this morning (Thursday 3rd September, 2015) that Seychelles passport holders will as from the end of the year no longer need a visa for travelling to Russia, got me excited and happy to sing our song, ‘I am proud to be a Seychellois’.

In a world which is bent on the closing of borders, the citizens of Seychelles must be exhilarated by the knowledge that today we are able to travel to the United Arab Emirates, to China, to India and to most African and European nations without a visa. This makes Seychelles citizenship a most valuable commodity. The world has indeed become our village but we must make sure that our world is not a village. Briefly, we must think BIG and when we visit other nations, we must make sure that we behave with both pride and humility and in a manner which uphold respect for our privileged situation.

We must now aim at tackling the Australian and US authorities for a free visa entry. Many Seychellois have families and a special affinity with both Australia and the USA – and I am sure we can make a good case for their consideration in the light of what we have so far achieved. But certainly the recent visa waiver agreements signed by the government of Seychelles constitute a remarkable achievement on the part of President James Michel’s administration.

Finally, let me avail of this opportunity to state that I am writing to President Barack Obama inviting him to earmark the reopening of a full embassy in Seychelles as an action to be taken before he releases the presidency of the USA.

If President Barack Obama and the US are real friends, then this longstanding anomaly concerning US diplomatic presence in Seychelles must be soon rectified.

James R. Mancham

Source Seychelles Nation 4/9/15

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