25 Oct 2017 12:22

Russians to travel visa-free to any place in South America after signing of agreement with Suriname - Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Oct 25 (Interfax) - Russian citizens will very soon be able to travel to all South American countries visa-free, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at the State Duma on Wednesday while presenting a bill "On the Ratification of the Treaty on Fundamentals of Relations between Russia and Suriname."

"Very soon, and this is an important issue to which I would like to draw your close attention, we are likely to complete the coordination of a bilateral agreement [with Suriname] on visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic, service and general passports," Ryabkov said.

Once the agreement is signed and takes effect, "the entirety of South America will be a visa-free travel zone for a period of up to 90 days," he said.

Ryabkov said also that the Surinamese foreign minister would pay his first visit to Moscow next week.