Armenia to allow Russian citizens to travel with internal passports

Armenia considers allowing citizens of the Russian Federation to be able to visit the country without international passports, it emerged on Thursday.

At its weekly session on Thursday the Armenian government considered a few issues related to the migration sphere. In particular, the executive approved an agreement between Armenia and France on cooperation in the sphere of migration, under which Armenian students and young specialists will get an opportunity to study and work in France.

Besides, the government said, the intergovernmental agreement will help curb illegal emigration from Armenia to France.

Also, Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan instructed Head of the Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations Gagik Yeganyan to discuss with Russian colleagues the issue of facilitating Russian citizens’ travel to Armenia.

Most citizens of Russia do not have international passports valid for their trips abroad. While in the territory of the Russian Federation they use so-called domestic passports.

According to Abrahamyan, allowing Russian citizens to visit Armenia without international passports will boost tourism and economic activity in Armenia.

In January Armenia joined the Eurasian Economic Union set up by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (and now also including Kyrgyzstan) that implies free movement of goods, capitals and workforce in the territory of the Union.