Russia’s Honorary Consul to Palau Seit Andres

Palauans who might want to visit Russia for vacation or official business purposes now enjoy the visa waiver agreement signed by the two countries last year.

Russia’s Honorary Consul to Palau, Seit Andres, told Island Times that the signing of the visa waiver agreement between the two countries had paved way for ease of transport to and from both countries. The agreement was signed as part of the initiatives to strengthen diplomatic relationship of the two countries.

The signed visa waiver agreement will also help the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA), Palau’s tourism arm, in the promotion of tourism in Russia now that the previously arduous tasks of preparing important documents just to obtain a visa had been eliminated, Andres said.

“[Russia] also understand that Palau wants to promote tourism to other nations. This is one of the things that Russia agrees and by doing so, then we get Russians coming in,” Andres said.

Seit also urged his fellow Palauans to visit Russia and enjoy the opportunity that comes with the visa waiver agreement.

“Why not enjoy the opportunity and try to visit Russia? It’s the biggest country in the world in terms of land area and it is one of the superpowers in the world,” Seit said.

It was in 2006 when Palau and Russia officially established diplomatic ties. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)