First Deputy Head of the Administration of the President Dmitry Shamba informed the participants of the meeting that in April of this year, a law came into force, which allows the Head of State to establish unilaterally a visa-free regime of entry to the Republic of Abkhazia for foreign nationals.
“The Administration of the President examined the proposals on the visa-free regime, which were presented by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Resorts and Tourism, Internal Affairs, the State Security Service and the State Migration Service”, - remarked Dmitry Shamba. He remarked that the Administration of the President considered the proposals and prepared a draft Decree, which provides for the establishment of a visa-free regime for the following categories of foreign nationals:
- foreign natioanals–sightseers, entering Abkhazia as part of an organised tour group for a period not exceeding twenty four hours;
- citizens of the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan, entering Abkhazia for tourist purposes for a period not exceeding two weeks;
- foreign nationals, entering Abkhazia to eliminate accidents, do repair and maintenance, as well as commissioning works on the energy system facilities for a period not exceeding five days;
- foreign nationals, entering Abkhazia to work on the electricity generation facilities, situated on the territory of the Gal District and the Tkuarchal District.
The draft Decree “On the establishment of a visa-free entry into the Republic of Abkhazia for certain categories of foreign nationals” was approved by the participants of the meeting.