Electronic Visa to Russia

Russian electronic visa (e-visa*): Saint-Petersburg & Leningrad region, Kaliningrad region and Far Eastern regions.

  • Some history
  • The global trend of using electronic visas (e-visa) is gaining popularity these days through the advantages that it offers. Many countries around the world (e.g., United States, Australia, India, Turkey), including the former Soviet republics (e.g., Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) use electronic visa system to authorize foreign citizens to entry to their country.
    In August 2017, Russia introduced the e-visa system in the Far Eastern Federal District regions. It was a pilot project that was limited only to citizens of 18 countries (mostly African and Asian countries). By October 2019, this project was expanded for Kaliningrad & Kaliningrad region (located on the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania) and Saint-Petersburg & Leningrad region.
      It’s essential to know that arrival & departure to/from all the above cities/places with e-visa possible only through certain air, naval, automobile, and pedestrian checkpoints located on the territories of these cities/places.

  • What is an e-visa? What parts of Russia can I visit?
  • Russian e-visa (Russian electronic visa) is an official permission that allows entry to some areas of Russia - Saint-Petersburg & Leningrad region, Kaliningrad & Kaliningrad region, and Far Eastern Federal District regions.

  • Who and how issues an e-visa?
  • E-visa is issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

  • How to apply for an electronic visa to Russia?
  • To apply for a Russian e-visa, you will only need
    a valid passport with a validity period more than six months from the date of application,
    a recent digital photo that you will attach to the application,
    - and a travel medical insurance with coverage in the Russian Federation.
    As for the digital photo, you can attach the one taken with the front camera of your mobile phone, with a plain wall of light color in the background. When you complete your e-visa application, you don’t need to provide an invitation, hotel reservations, airline tickets, etc. It’s not necessary to visit a Russian visa center or a consulate. You can request a Russian e-visa yourself from your home computer using one of the following links below: 
  • When to apply for an e-visa to Russia?
  • The deadline for the issuance of the e-visa is a maximum period of 4 calendar days from the day of your request. Though it is usually ready in 2 days, you can apply as early as 20 days and no later than four days before the date of your entry to the Russian Federation.
    You can monitor the status of your application on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation - https://evisa.kdmid.ru/en-US/Home/StatusCheck By using your application number (your ID and your password), you will track the state of your application.

    * United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia are excluded from the e-visa procedure. But it is yet to be seen which nationalities can request a Russian e-visa from 2021. 

  • Who can apply for an electronic visa to Russia?
  • Today an e-visa can be requested by the citizens of the following countries:

     Saint Petersburg and Leningrad region     Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad region     Far Eastern Federal District regions   
            Andorra         Andorra        Algeria
            Austria         Austria               Bahrain
            Bahrain         Bahrain              Brunei
            Belgium         Belgium              India
            Bulgaria         Bulgaria              Iran
            (incl. Taiwan)
            (incl. Taiwan)
            Croatia         Croatia        People's Republic of China      
            Cyprus         Cyprus        North Korea
            Czech Republic         Czech Republic              Kuwait
            North Korea         North Korea        Morocco
            Denmark         Denmark            Mexico
            Estonia         Estonia        United Arab Emirates
            Finland         Finland        Oman
            France         France        Saudi Arabia
            Germany         Germany        Singapore
            Greece         Greece              Tunisia
            Hungry         Hungry        Turkey
            Iceland         Iceland        Japan
            India         India  
            Indonesia         Indonesia  
            Iran         Iran  
            Ireland         Ireland  
            Italy         Italy  
            Japan         Japan  
            Kuwait         Kuwait  
            Latvia         Latvia  
            Liechtenstein         Liechtenstein  
            Lithuania         Lithuania  
            Luxembourg         Luxembourg  
            Malaysia         Malaysia  
            Malta         Malta  
            Mexico         Mexico  
            Monaco         Monaco  
            Holland         Holland  
            Norway         Norway  
            Oman         Oman  
            Philippines         Philippines  
            Poland         Poland        
            Portugal         Portugal  
            Qatar         Qatar  
            Romania         Romania  
            San Marino         San Marino  
            Saudi Arabia         Saudi Arabia  
            Serbia         Serbia  
            Singapore         Singapore  
            Slovakia         Slovakia  
            Slovenia         Slovenia  
            Spain         Spain  
            Sweden         Sweden  
            Switzerland         Switzerland  
            Turkey         Turkey  
             Vatican          Vatican   

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