Electronic visas to Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region

 In accordance with the Presidential Executive Order 347 dated July 18, 2019, from October 1, 2019, citizens of foreign states on the list approved by Government Directive 2021-r of September 10, 2019, can obtain electronic visas to visit St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region on the Foreign Ministry’s specialized website at  http://bit.ly/2p9uxS9.

List of countries: http://bit.ly/2oqvdSK

  • The electronic visas will be issued free of charge, based on an electronic application submitted by the foreign citizen on the website specified by the Russian Foreign Ministry no later than four calendar days prior to the date of entry, with a digital photograph attached to it in the form of an electronic file. No other documents are required in order to obtain an electronic visa.
  •  Electronic visas are issued for 30 days with an authorised stay in St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region for up to eight days from the date of entry.
  •  Electronic visas for visiting St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region are valid for entering or leaving the Russian Federation by air, road or water transport. They are valid for those entering without a vehicle (on foot) only through the following checkpoints of the state border of the Russian Federation located in St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region:
    - Pulkovo air border checkpoint;
    - the sea border checkpoints at Vysotsk, Big Port St Petersburg (Passenger Ship Terminal), Passenger Port of St Petersburg;
    - the automobile border checkpoints Ivangorod, Torfyanovka, Brusnichnoye, Svetogorsk;
    - the pedestrian border checkpoint Ivangorod.
  •  It is not currently possible to enter St Petersburg or the Leningrad Region by rail with an e-visa for technical reasons.
  •  Pursuant to paragraph 1, Article 11 of the Federal Law 115-FZ “On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation” of July 25, 2002 and subparagraph “b” of paragraph 3 of the Presidential Executive Order 347 of July 18, 2019, foreign citizens who arrive in the Russian Federation with electronic visas are entitled to free movement within St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, with the exception of the territories, organisations and sites which require special entry permission in accordance with federal laws.
  •  Transport companies can check whether a foreign citizen has a valid e-visa on the Foreign Ministry’s special automated website at https://evisacheck.kdmid.ru/. Information on the verification procedure is available on the website in Russian and English.

 

Electronic visas to Kaliningrad

Starting from July 1, 2019, nationals of 53 foreign States may be granted an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through the border crossing points, located on the territory of the Kaliningrad region.

An e-visa is issued within 4 calendar days, including week-ends and bank holidays.

There is no need for any invitations or confirmations. Just fill in the application form on the website http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/klgd_home.html

There is no need to waste your free time or working hours to visit the consular agency during its business hours. The website works 24/7.

You do not need to pay for anything to obtain an e-visa.

The validity period of an electronic visa is 30 days from the date of issue, the duration of stay may not exceed 8 days. An electronic visa is free of charge.

Electronic visas issued for the visit to Kaliningrad are valid only for entry into the Russian Federation and exit from the Russian Federation only at authorized border crossing points:

- in Kaliningrad / Khrabrovo Airport;

- in the seaport «Kaliningrad»: parts of the city in Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetliy;

- on border crossing: «Bagrationovsk», «Gusev», «Mamonovo (Grzechotki)», «Mamonovo (Gronovo)», «Morskoe», «Pogranichny», «Sovetsk», «Chernyshevskoye»;

-on the railway network: "Mamonovo", "Sovetsk".

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. 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 not earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the intended date of entry into the Russian Federation.
 

Electronic visas to Vladivostok

Starting from August 8, 2017, nationals of 18 foreign States can obtain a single business, humanitarian or tourist e-visa (http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/home_en.html) to enter the Russian Federation through the border crossing points , located in the territory of the Far East.

An e-visa is issued free of charge to a foreign citizen who submits an electronic application on the above-mentioned website no later than four calendar days before the expected date of entry, with a digital photo attached. No other documents are required.

Electronic visas are valid for 30 days with an authorised period of stay in the Russian Federation up to eight days from the date of entry.

Electronic visas are valid to enter and leave the Russian Federation only through checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation located at the free port of Vladivostok (Primorye Territory, Kamchatka Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, Sakhalin Region, and Chukotka Autonomous Area).

From August 8, 2017, citizens of the above-mentioned foreign countries will be able to enter and leave the Russian Federation using e-visas through the Vladivostok (Knevichi) air checkpoint and the Vladivostok maritime checkpoint in the Primorye Territory. Other checkpoints of the free port of Vladivostok will be opened for the entry of foreign citizens with e-visas gradually as they become equipped with appropriate software and hardware.

In accordance with Article 11 of the Federal Law On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation, foreign citizens who arrive in Russia with e-visas have the right to move freely only within the constituent entity of the Russian Federation they entered. Thus, until e-visa entry points are opened in other entities of the Russian Federation as part of the free port of Vladivostok, foreign citizens with e-visas can reside and move about only within the Primorye Territory.

Transport companies can check whether a foreign citizen has a valid e-visa on the Foreign Ministry’s website at https://evisacheck.kdmid.ru/. Information of the verification process is available there in Russian and English.