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E-visa to Russia

Electronic visas to allow foreign nationals entry into certain regions of Russia

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At the moment there are several regions in Russia that grant foreign nationals entry on the basis of electronic visas. These are the Far Eastern Federal District, the Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast. However, these electronic visas are only available to citizens from a specific list of countries compiled by the government of the Russian Federation.

The Far Eastern Federal District accepts electronic visas from citizens of:

1. Algeria
2. Bahrain
3. Brunei
4. India
5. Iran
6. Qatar
7. China (including Taiwan)
8. The Korean Peoples' Democratic Republic
9. Kuwait

10. Morocco
11. Mexico
12. The United Arab Emirates
13. Oman
14. Saudi Arabia
15. Singapore
16. Tunisia
17. Turkey
18. Japan

The Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast are accessible by electronic visa to the following 53 countries:

1. Austria
2. Andorra
3. Bahrain
4. Belgium
5. Bulgaria
6. Vatican City
7. Hungary
8. Germany
9. Greece
10. Denmark
11. India
12. Indonesia
13. Iran
14. Ireland
15. Iceland
16. Spain
17. Italy
18. Qatar
19. Cyprus
20. China (including Taiwan)
21. The Korean Peoples' Democratic Republic
22. Kuwait
23. Latvia
24. Lithuania
25. Lichtenstein
26. Luxemburg

27. Malaysia
28. Malta
29. Mexico
30. Monaco
31. Netherlands
32. Norway
33. Oman
34. Poland
35. Portugal
36. Romania
37. San-Marino
38. Saudi Arabia
39. Northern Macedonia
40. Serbia
41. Singapore
42. Slovakia
43. Slovenia
44. Turkey
45. Philippines
46. Finland
47. France
48. Croatia
49. Czech Republic
50. Switzerland
51. Sweden
52. Estonia
53. Japan

Electronic visas are issued free of charge. In order to get an e-visa, a foreign national does not need any invitations, confirmation of booked hotel accommodation, or any other documents confirming the purpose of their trip to the Russian Federation. E-visas will be issued within 4 days after the submission of the application.

E-visas allow their holders to enter and depart the Russian Federation only through the following border checkpoints in the Far Eastern Federal District, the Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast:

1) Air travel border checkpoints:

• Vladivostok (Knevich),
• Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk(Khomutovo),
• Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Elizovo),
• Blagoveschensk,
• Khabarvosk (Novyi),

• Vysotsk,
• The main port of Saint Petersburg (Marine Station),
• The passenger port of Saint Petersburg;

2) Maritime border checkpoints:

• Vladivostok,
• Zarubino,
• Psiet,
• Korsakov,
• Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy,
• Kaliningrad (locations in Kaliningrad, Baltiysk, and Svetly),

• Vysotsk,
• The main port of Saint Petersburg (Marine Station),
• The passenger port of Saint Petersburg;

3) Rail transport border checkpoints (these cannot be used when visiting Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast on an e-visa):

• Pogranichny,
• Khasan,
• Malakhino,
• Mamonovo,
• Sovetsk;

4) Road transport border checkpoints:

• Poltavka,
• Turiy Rog,
• Bagrationovsk,
• Gusev,
• Mamonovo (Gzhekhotki),
• Mamonovo (Gronovo),
• Morskoye,

• Pogranichny,
• Sovetsk,
• Chernyshevskoye,
• Ivangorod,
• Torfyanovka,
• Brusnichnoye,
• Svetogorsk;

5) The pedestrian border crossing location in Ivangorod.

Foreign nationals arriving in the Russian Federation on e-visas may travel freely within the territory of the Russian Federation that they have entered. However, entry is not allowed into areas, organizations and facilities which require a special access permit under the federal laws of the Russian Federation.

Foreign nationals that enter the Russian Federation on e-visas must leave the Russian Federation only through border checkpoints in the subject of the Russian Federation that they entered.

E-visas are one-off visas that are issued for a period of 30 days from the date of issue. A foreign national entering the Russian Federation on an e-visa may stay in the country for up to 8 days from the date of entry within the validity period of the e-visa. E-visas cannot be extended, nor may the period of stay under an e-visa be extended.

It is important to understand that the permitted stay of 8 days does not mean that a foreign national traveling on an e-visa may stay in the country for 192 hours (24x8). The start of the visit to the Russian Federation is always rounded to 00:00 hours of the date the visiting foreign national enters the country, regardless of the real time when passport control is passed. For example: If a foreign national has an e-visa that is valid from July 15 through August 13 and they go through passport control at 20:00 on Monday, August 1, they must go through passport control on departure by 23:59 on Monday, August 8 (rather than 20:00 Tuesday, August 9).

If that same foreign national enters the country on August 10, on departure they must go through passport control by 23:59 on August 13 before the expiration of their e-visa, even though their total stay in the Russian Federation will be less than 8 days.

There are three categories of e-visas:
• standard business,
• standard tourist,
• standard humanitarian (sports relations, cultural relations, science and research relations).

If the purpose of a foreign national's visit to the Russian Federation is none of the above, the foreign national must contact a diplomatic representative office or consulate of the Russian Federation to get a standard (non-electronic) visa.

An e-visa application can be filled out on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation at https://evisa.kdmid.ru/ru-RU 4-20 days before the date of expected entry into the Russian Federation.

In order to get an e-visa, a foreign national's passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date the application is submitted. The passport must have enough room for border crossing stamps.

If a foreing national's passport has a valid Russian visa, an e-visa is not necessary to visit the Far East Federal District, the Kaliningrad Oblast, or Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast. These areas can be visited while on an ordinary non-electronic visa within its validity period. Electronic visa restrictions will not apply to ordinary visas. An ordinary non-electronic visa cannot be extended through an e-visa.

Foreign nationals arriving in the Russian Federation on e-visas must carry a health insurance policy valid in the territory of the Russian Federation for the duration of their stay.

Before filling out an e-visa application, foreign nationals must give consent to the automated processing, transfer, and storage of the data entered into the application.

The information entered in the application must be complete and true. Providing any incorrect data, including false passport data and photos, may result the visa being denied or an already issued visa being anulled at a border crossing location of the Russian Federation.

When filling out an e-visa application the fields marked with an asterix (*) are required fields. If any mistakes are made when filling out an e-visa application form, or if any of the required fields are not filled in, they will be highlighted and error messages will be displayed under them to help you correct them.

The first and last name of the applicant are required fields. If the applicant doesn't have a first and/or last name, their e-visa application cannot be accepted for processing. In this case the applicant must contact a diplomatic representative office or consulate of the Russian Federation to get an ordinary (non-electronic) visa.

The birth date, month and year of the applicant must be specified in full. An e-visa application cannot be accepted and processed if some or all of the information about the date of birth is missing. In this case the applicant must contact a diplomatic representative office or consulate of the Russian Federation to get an ordinary (non-electronic) visa.

A separate e-visa must be submitted for any underage children travelling with the applicant. All underage children traveling with parents must each have their own e-visas.

If English is selected as the language for filling out the application, all the answers must be in English and must only use Latin alphabet characters. If the first or last name contain letters that are not part of the standard Latin alphabet (such as, Ñ, É, Ü или Ç), then when filling out the first and last name fileds, the applicant must use the transliterations from the first machine readable page of their passport. For example if the name in the human readable rea of the passport is Séo Türre, then, when filling out the form, you must use the name from the machine readable line: Seo Tuerre.

After all the required fields have been filled in, the applicant must upload a digital photograph of themsleves in JPEG format. The photograph must meet the following requirements:
1) The photograph must be taken no more than 6 months before the submission of the application and must depict the applicant in the manner they appear at the present time.
2) There must not be any other people or objects in the photograph
3) The applicant must be looking directly at the camera in the photograph. The head must not be tilted or turned. The applicant in the photograph must be looking at the camera lens, they must have a neutral expression on their face, the mouth must be closed, and the eyes must be open and clearly visible. Hair can not be covering the eyes.
4) The photograph must be taken in normal lighting. The photograph must not be shaded, reflect the camera flash, or have the red eyes effect.
5) The background must be light, homogeneous, and without any shades.
6) Photographs may be taken with headgear as long as such headgear does not distort the oval of the face of the applicant, if the applicant must have their head covered in public places in accordance with their religion. In the event that the applicant is wearing headgear in the photograph, their face must be clearly seen between the bottom of the chin and the top of the forehead.
7) If the applicant is wearing glasses in the photograph, their eyes must be seen clearly through the glasses. There must not be any flash reflections in the glasses, nor can tinted glasses be worn in the photograph. The frame of the glasses must not partially obscure the eyes.
8) The photograph must show the top of the head and the top of the shoulders. The head must be in the center of the shot and must be completely visible from the top of the hair/head to the bottom of the chin. The nose must be positioned in the middle of the photograph. The face must take up 70-80% of the shot.
9) The photograph must not have any frames.
10) The photograph must be rectangular with a ratio of width to height of 35x45.
11) The colors in the photograph must be neutral. The photograph must represent the natural skin color of the applicant. The image must be clear, crisp and in focus.

After the application is filled out and the photograph is attached, press send and wait until you get confirmation that the application has been accepted for processing. Once an application has been submitted its status can be tracked on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

After a decision is made about an e-visa application its status will change to: visa issued or visa application denied. The results of the visa application review can be downloaded in PDF format. In addition, updates about the visa application review process and the results of visa application processing will be sent to the email address specified in the application, containing detailed instructions on what to do next.

The results of an accepted e-visa application must be printed out or saved. These results must be presented to representatives of the transport company when boarding a vehicle and to the border guards when entering passport control in the region which corresponds to the issued e-visa.

If the visa has not been issued after four days, or if it has been denied, contact a diplomatic representative office or consulate of the Russian Federation to apply for a standard visa in accordance with the standard visa application procedure.

NOTE! An e-visa issue notice is not a guarantee that a foreign national will be allowed entry into the Russian Federation. They may be denied entry at a border crossing in the event of circumstances specified in Federal Law No 114-FZ dated August 15, 1996 on the Procedure for Entering and Departing from the Russian Federation.

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