Electronic visas for foreigners coming to St. Petersburg will start working from October 1, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree extending the electronic visa regime to the territory of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The relevant document was posted on the legal information website.
«To establish that from October 1, 2019 entrance to the Russian Federation and departure from the Russian Federation for foreign citizens via the checkpoints of the state border of the Russian Federation located in the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region can be made on the basis of regular single-entry business, tourist and humanitarian visas in the form of electronic documents,» the decree reads.
«No consular fee is collected for the issuance of electronic visas,» the document states. «Foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation via checkpoints on the basis of electronic visas have the right to freedom of movement within the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region,» the decree states. The period of authorized stay in Russia for e-visa holders will be up to eight days.
The President tasked the government «to determine particularities of electronic visas' issuance for foreign citizens and their entry into the Russian Federation via checkpoints on the basis of electronic visas; approve the list of foreign countries, whose nationals can enter the Russian Federation and depart from the Russian Federation via checkpoints on the basis of electronic visas by October 1, 2019.»
In March 2017, Putin signed a law on the simplified visa regime in the territory of the Vladivostok Free Port. The electronic visa is valid for 30 days from its issue with the authorized period of stay in Russia of up to 8 days. Citizens of 18 states are eligible. Simplified visa issue conditions in the Far East came into force on August 1, 2018. Text source: tass.com
Below you will see electronic visa information valid for Kaliningrad region and Vladivistok (actual from 01st of July). Exact information will be known 01st of October.
E-visa characteristics of and conditions for issuing an e-visa
- An electronic visa to enter the Far Eastern Federal District can only be obtained by nationals of the following states, listed by the Government of the Russian Federation.
- An e-Visa to enter Kaliningrad Oblast can only be obtained by nationals of the countries listed by the Government of the Russian Federation.
- An e-visa is free. Invitations, hotel booking confirmations or any other documents that confirm the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation are not required for an e-visa. The time period for issuing an e-visa is no longer than 4 calendar days from the date of submission of the complete application.
- E-visa can be used for entering and leaving the Russian Federation at the following checkpoints at the national border of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District and Kaliningrad Oblast:
- air border checkpoints «Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)», «Vladivostok (Knevichi)», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo)», «Blagoveshchensk», «Khabarovsk (Novy)», «Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo)», «Anadyr (Ugolny)», «Ulan-Ude (Muhino)», «Chita (Kadala)»;
- maritime border checkpoints «Kaliningrad» (checkpoints in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly), «Vladivostok», «Zarubino», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky», «Korsakov», «Posyet»;
- railway border checkpoints «Mamonovo», «Sovetsk», «Pogranichny», «Khasan», «Makhalino»;
- automobile border checkpoints «Bagrationovsk», «Gusev», «Mamontovo (Grzechotki)», «Mamontovo (Gronowo)», «Morskoje», «Pogranichny», «Sovetsk», «Chernyshevskoye», «Poltavka», «Turiy Rog».
- E-visa is a single-entry visa and issued for 30 calendar days from the date of its issuance. The permitted stay in the Russian Federation with an e-visa is up to 8 days starting from the date of entry, within its validity period. E-visa validity and/or the permitted stay under it cannot be extended.
ATTENTION! The allowed period of stay in the Russian Federation of up to 8 days under an e-visa does not imply that one can stay for the entire 192 hours (24 hours multiplied by 8). The period of stay in the Russian Federation always starts at midnight of the day of passage through passport control upon entry regardless of the actual time of passage through passport control. For example, you have an e-visa valid from July 15 to August 13 and you pass through passport control upon entry at 8:00 pm on August 1, Monday. In that case, you need to pass through passport control upon exit until 11:59 pm on August 8, Monday (rather than until 8:00 pm on August 9, Tuesday). You should also note that if you passed through passport control upon entry, for instance, on August 10 with the e-visa mentioned in the example above, you need to pass through passport control upon exit until 11:59 pm on August 13, i.e. until the e-visa expires.
- E-visas can be of the following categories only: ordinary business visa (purpose of journey is business), ordinary tourist visa (purpose of journey is tourism), and ordinary humanitarian visa (purposes of journey are sports, cultural, scientific and technological ties). If the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation does not correspond to any of the above, you should apply for a traditional (non electronic) visa at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.
- Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation with e-visas have the right to freedom of movement within the territory of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation which they entered, with the exception of territories, organizations and facilities, to enter which a special permission is required in accordance with federal laws of the Russian Federation.
Foreign citizens should leave the territory of the Russian Federation only through checkpoints of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation which they entered.
- You can fill in an application form for an e-visa on this website not earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the intended date of entry into the Russian Federation.
- Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you applied for an e-visa. Your passport must have free space for border crossing stamps.
- Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation with e-visas are required to have a medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation's territory for the entire period of stay.
- There is no need to apply for an e-visa to enter the Far Eastern Federal District and Kaliningrad Oblast if you already have a valid Russian visa in your passport. You are allowed to enter the said regions using a regular visa within its validity period with no limitations provided for by an e-visa. An e-visa does not extend the validity period of a regular visa.
- Before you apply for an e-visa you are required to agree to the automatic processing, transfer and storage of data provided in your application for the purpose of the e-visa issuance.
- Your application must contain full and valid data. Any incorrect information, including passport data and photo, could cause visa rejection or revocation of an already issued visa at the national border checkpoint of the Russian Federation.
E-visa application procedure
- Surname and given name (s) of the applicant are required. If the applicant does not have a surname or a first name (s) the e-visa application cannot be accepted for processing. In this case it is necessary to apply for a traditional (non-electronic) visa at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.
- Day, month and year of the applicant's date of birth must be all known. If the date of birth of the applicant is unknown or partially unknown, the e-visa application cannot be accepted for processing. In this case it is necessary to apply for a traditional (non-electronic) visa at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.
- If the applicant is assumed to be accompanied by minors who are included in his/her passport, an individual e-visa application form must be submitted for each child. All the minors who accompany their parents must have an individual e-visa.
- Before you fill in your application form, make sure you have the following:
- Software for PDF files viewing and printing. Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended.
- Your valid national passport.
- Choose the tips language from the relevant drop-down list. Tips will clarify the meaning of the questions you need to answer. If you have chosen Russian as the tips language all answers to the questions in the application must be entered only in Russian, with the exception of surnames, given names, addresses and names of institutions that are required to be entered in English. If you have chosen English all your answers must be only in English with the use of the Latin alphabet characters. If characters of the national alphabets (such as Ñ, É, Ü or Ç) are used in the names it is necessary to indicate the transliterated meanings that are presented in the first machine-readable line of your passport when filling in the relevant fields of the application form. For example, if the names in the visual area of the passport are «Séo Türre» then you are required to use names from the machine-readable line «Seo Tuerre» when filling in the application form.
- Confirm that you agree to the automatic processing, transfer and storage of data provided in your application for e-visa purposes.
- To start a new application, click the «Proceed to Fill in the Application» button.
- To continue filling in, edit, review or print the completed application choose the «Retrieve application» menu item.
- Enter your personal e-mail address and confirm it, then enter your password for this site and confirm it.
- Write down or print the Application ID displayed in the top right corner of the page. It will be required to continue your application if the session has been disconnected. To save your draft application, click the «Save the Draft» button. Your e-visa application form will be available within 30 days since its last save.
- Proceed to fill in the fields of the application. Follow the tips on each page of the application. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. If you have made any errors while filling in the form or have not filled in the required fields, they will be highlighted and a message will appear under them indicating the error you need to fix.
- Upload your digital color photo in the JPEG format. The photo must meet the following requirements.
- Click the button sending the application and wait for the confirmation of its acceptance for processing.
After sending your application:
You can use this site to follow up on the status of your application. Once a relevant decision is taken, the status of your application will be changed to «Visa issued» or «Visa denied». You will be able to download a PDF file with the information concerning the decision on the application thereafter. Automatic messages concerning the status of your application and the decision thereon as well as detailed instructions for further steps will be sent to your personal e-mail.
Download and print the notification with your e-visa. Otherwise, save the information set out in the notification, so that you could visually present it to representatives of a transport company when getting on a vehicle and passport control officers at a national border checkpoint when entering the Russian Federation.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not save the PDF file with the result of your application examination on the computer that can be accessed by those who have no permission to view or record your personal data. If you save the file to the hard drive of a public computer, for instance, in an Internet café or a library, other users may find and open it.
If you have not received a notification of e-visa grant or e-visa refusal within four days, you can apply for a visa as per standard procedure at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.
ATTENTION! Notification of e-visa grant does not guarantee your entry into the Russian Federation. You can be denied entry at a border crossing point should the circumstances referred to in Federal Law No. 114 FZ «On the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation» of August 15, 1996 arise.