On August 29, 2012, the American Embassy in Moscow announced that the United States and Russia had reached an "historic" agreement to relax immigration restrictions between the two countries. Previously, Americans were limited to a 90-day stay within any 180-day period. Starting September 9, 2012, however, Russian and American tourists and business travelers will be eligible to receive visas good for multiple entries during an expanded 36-month period. At the same time, the application fees for these visas will be significantly reduced and no exit visas will be required for Americans who lose their passports while in Russia. These new provisions are not self-executing. Americans will still be governed by the terms of the Russian visas in their passports until they secure new visas governed by these provisions
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United States and Russia negotiate new visa agreement
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