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Travel to Russia made easy via an electronic visa

What is an electronic visa to Russia and how to get it

The Resurrection Smolny Cathedral in Saint Petersburg (photo: Ilya Timin/RIA Novosti)
November 14th, 2019 1:30 pm| by Russian Embassy of Denmark

Electronic visa travel was first launched in Russia in 2017. The electronic visa’s main advantage is simplicity – one can obtain a visa by filling in the form online without attending a consulate.

Where can you go?
Electronic visa travel is currently in force only for some regions of Russia, which are the Far Eastern Federal District, the Kaliningrad region, Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

It is allowed to enter the mentioned territories only through the following checkpoints:

• In St.Petersburg and the Leningrad region: Pulkovo airport; port Vysotsk, Big port St.Petersburg (Marine station), Passenger port St.Petersburg; automobile stations Ivangorod, Torfyanovka, Brusnichnoye, Svetogorsk; pedestrian checkpoint Ivangorod.
• In the Kaliningrad region: Khrabrovo airport; ports Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly; railway stations Mamonovo and Sovetsk; automobile stations Bagrationovsk, Gusev, Mamonovo (Gzhekhotki), Mamonovo (Gronovo), Morskoye, Sovetsk, Chernyshevskoye.
• In the Far Eastern Federal District: airports Vladivostok (Knevichi), Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo), Blagoveschensk, Khabarovsk (Novy), Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo), Anadyr (Ugolny), Ulan-Ude (Mukhino) and in Chita (Kadala); ports Vladivostok, Zarubino, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Korsakov, Posiet; railway stations Pogranichny, Khasan and Makhalino; automobile stations Pogranichny, Poltavka and Turiy Rog.

Visitors can move freely only within the region through which they entered the country. For example, having arrived in the Khabarovsk region, one can only travel within its borders and leave through it, respectively.

Main New Year’s tree on Palace square in Saint Petersburg (photo: Igor Zarembo/RIA Novosti)


How to get an e-visa?
To get an electronic visa, a foreign citizen needs to fill out a form on the specialized website of the Russian Foreign Ministry ( no later than 4 calendar days before the expected date of entry, and attach a digital photo. No other documents are required for obtaining an e-visa.

The site can save a draft application and it will be stored for 30 days from the last save. In addition, it is recommended to remember or write down the application number in order to restore it if necessary.

The electronic visa is stored in the information system, and at the entry one only gets a mark in the passport about crossing the border.

Validity of an e-visa
Electronic visas are one-entry visas and are issued for a period of 30 days from the date of issue and with an allowed period of stay in territory of the Russian Federation for up to 8 days from the date of entry.

At the same time, eight days does not mean a 192 hour net period (24*8) stay in the country. For example, if a person entered Vladivostok on August 1 at 8:00 pm, that person should leave at no later than 23:59, on August 8.

Complex ‘Fishing village’ in Kaliningrad (photo: Igor Zarembo/RIA Novosti)


The cost
The visa is issued free of charge within four days. In order to get one, no invitations or confirmations of stay are necessary.

Which type of visa will you get?
An electronic visa can be a single-entry business (the purpose of a trip is business), a tourist (the purpose of a trip is tourism) or a humanitarian visa (the purpose of a trip being sports, cultural events or scientific-technical ties).

If a person intends to visit Russia for other purposes than stated, one will have to attend the consulate for a regular visa.

Additional information
• The passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of application for an e-visa, and there should be enough space for stamps in it.
• Visitors should have medical insurance for the entire duration of stay in Russia.
• A separate electronic visa has to be issued for every child in the family.
• When applying online, a coloured full-face photo needs to be uploaded in JPEG. It should be against a light background with normal lighting.

How does this work?
• Fill in the application form.
• Get notification of visa issuance via e-mail or on the website (you will need an application number for that).
• Print it or save it on a smartphone.
• Show it to employees of the transport company and a border guards.

It is important to remember that the issuance of an e-visa does not guarantee an entry into the country. Entry can be denied at the border, for example, in case one knowingly provided fake information about themselves or in other cases provided by law.

Tokarevsky lighthouse in Vladivostok (photo: Vitaly Ankov/RIA Novosti)

Who is eligible for an electronic visa

Citizens of 18 countries can get a Russian e-visa and enter the Far Eastern Federal district:
1. Algeria
2. Bahrain
3. Brunei
4. China (including Taiwan)
5. India
6. Iran
7. Japan
8. Kuwait
9. Mexico
10. Morocco
11. Oman
12. Qatar
13. Saudi Arabia
14. Singapore
15. DPR of Korea
16. The United Arab Emirates
17. Tunisia
18. Turkey

For St.Petersburg, the Leningrad region and the Kaliningrad region, the list contains even more – 53 countries, including Denmark:
1. Austria
2. Andorra
3. Bahrain
4. Belgium
5. Bulgaria
6. China (including Taiwan)
7. Croatia
8. Cyprus
9. Czech Republic
10. DPR of Korea
11. Denmark
12. Estonia
13. Finland
14. France
15. Germany
16. Greece
17. Hungary
18. Iceland
19. India
20. Indonesia
21. Iran
22. Ireland
23. Italy
24. Japan
25. Kuwait
26. Latvia
27. Lithuania
28. Liechtenstein
29. Luxembourg
30. Malaysia
31. Malta
32. Mexico
33. Monaco
34. Netherlands
35. North Macedonia
36. Norway
37. Oman
38. Philippines
39. Poland
40. Portugal
41. Qatar
42. Romania
43. San Marino
44. Saudi Arabia
45. Serbia
46. Singapore
47. Slovakia
48. Slovenia
49. Spain
50. Turkey
51. Sweden
52. Switzerland
53. Vatican