Government Approves New Visa Procedure for Foreigners

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The government approved Thursday a new procedure for the approval and registration of invitations extended by Armenian citizens to friends and relatives abroad for visiting Armenia.
The new procedure stems from a Law on Foreigners in Armenia approved by parliament last February.
Every Armenian citizen and foreigners with a residence permit has the right to send invitations to any person to visit Armenia, said Alvina Zakarian, head of the passports and visas department of the police force after the government session that approved the new procedure,
The application is to be submitted to the appropriate police station. Police in turn send an electronic request to the National Security Service for approval. Zakarian noted only persons regarded as unacceptable are banned form visiting the country.
Under the new procedure, the amount of state dues paid for invitation’s has been cut from 12,000 Drams to 5,000. The new procedure has also prolonged the visa term from from 21 days to 120 days. However, A foreigner must apply for an extension of his or her visa two days prior to its expiration, otherwise they will face administrative penalties. They will have to pay 500 Drams for every extra day of staying in Armenia.
Zakarian said the changes were made to facilitate the arrival of foreigners in Armenia and help boost tourism.

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