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Mexico and Russia agree to eliminate tourist visas

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico’s president-elect says that after a meeting with Russian officials, visa requirements between both countries will be eliminated.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Viktor Koronelli, Russian ambassador to Mexico, have made public their agreement to eliminate visas that López Obrador says, will double the amount of Russian tourists to the country, and in particular, to Riviera Maya.

From January to July of this year, more than 25,000 Russian tourists arrived via the Cancun International Airport. López Obrador says that by eliminating the visa process between both countries, it will “double the flow of tourists to Mexico, especially to Riviera Maya.”

The announcement was made by the future Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, at a press conference in Mexico City.

“It highlights the progress of the agreement for the visa, that is, it is about achieving as a priority in the first months of 2019, an agreement between both countries so that the visa is not necessary as it is today. This has already been achieved at a diplomatic level, but it has to be achieved at the level of citizens,” he explained.

As part of the economic relationship, Russia will increase the number of investments in Mexico, especially in the automotive area. In coming days, López Obrador says he will travel to Monterrey to inaugurate a new Russian company.

He stressed that for today, Mexico is Russia’s most important trading partner in Latin America. The elimination of the visa for both countries is expected to begin in early 2019.