By Laman Ismayilova
ASAN Visa system, created in Azerbaijan in June and designed to simplify and speed up the issuance of visas, is very effective, believes Latvia's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Juris Maklakovs.
Maklakovs, talking to Trend on June 9, said ASAN Visa will allow tourists from Latvia and other countries to visit Azerbaijan more often, noting that tourist flow will increase between Latvia and Azerbaijan.
The presidential order signed on June 1 and entered into force on June 6, aimed at simplification of e-visas issuance procedure for foreigners and stateless persons arriving in Azerbaijan. Foreigners, who are willing to visit Azerbaijan, will be able to get visas online, after Azerbaijan launches its "ASAN Visa" system.
Visas will be issued through a single online portal within three days without applying to state organizations. Foreign citizens, tourists can use the services of the ASAN Viza portal to arrive in Azerbaijan.
Maklakovs also voiced hope that a lot of fans from his country will attend the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe scheduled for 17-19 in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.
Azerbaijan's popularity on international arena will increase with holding of the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, Maklakovs assured.
Baku has become a successful organizer of international events, which improve the capital's infrastructure and the quality of services, said the ambassador.
Eleven teams will take part in the racing: Mercedes AMG Petronas, Scuderia Ferrari, Williams Martini Racing, Red Bull Racing, Sahara Force India, Haas F1 Team, McLaren Honda, Toro Rosso, Sauber F1 Team, Renault Sport F1, and Manor Racing.
With a length measuring at slightly over six kilometers, the 20-corner track will be lapped 51 times, with cars reaching potential speeds of up to 340km per hour, marking the circuit out as the fastest street circuit on the existing F1 calendar.
The circuit offers a number of challenges for drivers, including an extremely narrow uphill section along the old town walls that will require pinpoint accuracy, and it has an acceleration section of almost 2.2 kilometres along the seaside promenade, which will see the cars running flat out at very high speed - something that will create an incredible show for race fans.
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