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Armenia introduces visa free regime for European tourists

2013-01-10 11:47

On January 10, Armenia canceled visas for citizens of the European Union, the reported. According to the estimates of the country's Tourism Department of the Ministry of Economy, the number of tourists from Europe in 2013 may increase by 10-12%.


In 2012, Armenia was visited by about 700 thousand foreign tourists. Of them, just over 30 percent, according to the tour operators, were tourists from Europe. Most of the European guests are middle-aged and elderly. This year Armenia expect about 850,000 foreign visitors.

Recall, on December 17, Armenia signed an agreement on visa regime facilitation with the European Union. The agreement was signed during the meeting of the EU-Armenia Cooperation Council in Brussels.

The document on visa regime facilitation between Armenia and the EU implies the introduction of the simplified procedures for obtaining visas to enter the Schengen area for members of certain groups of the population of Armenia, in particular, pupils, students, scholars, disabled, journalists and entrepreneurs.


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