On March 21 was an official visit of the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East, Alexander Galushka, to North Korea, during which the DPRK was offered a bilateral simplification of the visa regime. “This year marks the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. Our country was the first, who officially recognized the independence of the DPRK. An example, one of the new points of growth of bilateral cooperation could be the tourism industry. The potential interest of Russians to your country is very high”, said Alexander Galushka. He added that the Russian side has already taken measures to simplify the entry of DPRK residents into the Russian Federation and that the Russian authorities are counting on reciprocal steps in this direction from the leadership of North Korea.
Since last year residents of the DPRK can enter Russia through Primorye, Kamchatka and Sakhalin Oblast via a simplified system, having issued an electronic visa free of charge, no later than 4 days, on a specialized website. In addition to residents of North Korea, this service can be used by citizens of another 17 countries.