Electronic visas

Electronic visas

E-Visas to Russia are available to citizens of 52 countries, 

as of January 2021

Travel to Russia with electronic visa

Citizens of 52 countries can be granted electronic visas to Russia, starting from January 2021. The list of countries was signed by the Russian Prime Minister on 7 October 2020.

 

UK nationals will still have to obtain a visa prior to travelling to Russia.

 

Who can travel to Russia with an electronic visa?

The countries listed are those that have been involved in piloting the project in 2017-2020. An exception is Qatar, due to the visa-free travel regime between Russia and Qatar, operating since 23 February 2020.
 
 

List of countries whose citizens can apply for an e-visa to Russia: 

  • Austria 
  • Andorra 
  • Bahrain 
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Vatican 
  • Hungary 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Denmark 
  • India 
  • Indonesia 
  • Iran 
  • Ireland 
  • Iceland 
  • Spain 
  • Italy 
  • Cyprus 
  • China (including Taiwan) 
  • The Democratic People's Republic of Korea 
  • Kuwait 
  • Latvia 
  • Lithuania 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Malaysia 
  • Malta 
  • Mexico 
  • Monaco 
  • Netherlands 
  • Norway 
  • Oman 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal 
  • Romania 
  • San Marino 
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • North 
  • Macedonia 
  • Serbia 
  • Singapore 
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Turkey 
  • Philippines 
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • Croatia 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Switzerland 
  • Sweden 
  • Estonia 
  • Japan 

 

Places in Russia which can be visited with an e-visa

Citizens of the listed countries can visit Russia without any geographical limitations, as of January 2021. An electronic visa gives the right to arrive at any border control point in any Russian region and travel anywhere across the country for up to 16 days.

 
As part of the pilot project, electronic visas to Russia have been operated only when travelling to St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, the Kaliningrad Region and Far Eastern Federal District for a maximum stay of 8 days.
 

Number of days you are allowed to stay on an electronic visa

Electronic visas will be processed online for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest visits. Once approved, it will be valid for 30 days for a single entry, allowing you to stay for up to 16 days. Such documents as invitations, hotel bookings or any other documents that confirm the purpose of the visit will not be required. 
 

Extending the list of eligible countries

By introducing electronic visas, Russia is looking to develop inbound tourism, increase investment prospects for the regions of Russia and grow the economy in general. The professional tourism community in Russia is positive about the government initiative and lobbying for more countries to be included in the list for electronic visas. 
 
Russian National Tourist Office is hoping that UK citizens will soon be able to apply for electronic visas alongside nationals of the 52 countries listed above. 
 

Other information about e-visas to Russia

  • E-visas let you stay for up to 16 days. The date of arrival and date of departure from Russia are counted as whole days. For example: if you arrive on 1 January 2022 at 10.00pm, you must leave the country by 16 January by 11.59 pm.
  • An e-visa is valid for 30 days from the date of approval. You must leave the country by the last date of visa validity, even if your stay is less than 16 days. 
  • The e-visa cannot be extended or renewed from Russia.
  • The e-visa can have the following purpose of entry: tourist, business, humanitarian (cultural relations). If your purpose of travel is different, you must obtain a normal visa before travelling. 
  • E-visas are normally issued within 4 days.
  • An application for an e-visa can be submitted not earlier than 20 days before the date of travel, but no later than 4 days before the date of entry. 
  • If your passport is missing your date of birth, you need to obtain a normal visa before travelling. 
  • All children travelling with parents must have their own e-visas before travelling. 
  • Your passport must be valid for 6 months minimum from the date of travel to apply for a Russian e-visa. 
  • All travellers arriving on e-visas to Russia must be in possession of a valid travel insurance certificate for the whole period of stay. 
  • You cannot combine normal and e-visas to extend the validity of your normal visa.  
  • E-visas will not guarantee entry to the Russian Federation. The border control will carry out standard checks and interviews for all visitors arriving in Russia.  
 

List of 29 checkpoints (border crossing locations) approved for e-Visa holders:

russian border control for evisa holders

Airports approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. Belgorod International Airport
  2. Volgograd International Airport 
  3. Yekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport
  4. Kazan International Airport
  5. Krasnodar International Airport (Pashkovsky Airport)
  6. Krasnoyarsk International Airport
  7. Moscow Vnukovo International Airport
  8. Moscow Domodedovo Airport 
  9. Moscow Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport
  10. Nizhny Novgorod Strigino International Airport
  11. Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport
  12. Rostov-on-Don Platov International Airport
  13. Samara Kurumoch International Airport
  14. St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport 

Railway border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. Kaliningrad Region Pogranichny
  2. Khasan, Primorsky Krai

Maritime (seaports) border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. St Petersburg - Marine Station (Big Port) 
  2. Vladivostok
  3. Zarubino
  4. Passenger Port of St Petersburg

Land (road, by car, bus etc) border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. Bagrationovsk (Kaliningrad Region)
  2. Gusev (Kaliningrad Region)
  3. Ivangorod (Leningrad Region)
  4. Mamonovo Grzechotki (Kaliningrad Region)
  5. Mamonovo Gronovo (Kaliningrad Region)
  6. Morskoe (Morskoje) (Kaliningrad Region)
  7. Sovetsk (Kaliningrad Region)
  8. Ubylinka (Pskov Region)

Land (on foot) border control checkpoints approved for Russian electronic visa entry:

  1. Ivangorod border crossing point
 
The full government decree signed on 25 October 2020 is available on this link (in Russian)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Electronic visa rules for Russia until 1 January 2021 - the "pilot project"

Due to Coronavirus travel restrictions, electronic visas are not being processed from 18 March 2020. 

Electronic visas to Russia are currently operated only when travelling to the Kaliningrad Region, Far Eastern Federal District, St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

An electronic visa is issued for a single entry (tourism, business or a humanitarian visit) for a maximum stay of 8 days. 

 

Saint Petersburg Electronic Visas
St Petersburg
Kaliningrad Electronic Visas
Kaliningrad
Vladivistok Electronic Visas
Vladivostok

 

 

E-visas to St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region

 

Starting from 1 October 2019, nationals of 53 foreign States are granted an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through air, sea, automobile and pedestrian checkpoints located in the territory of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

An e-visa is valid for entry into and exit from the Russian Federation only through the following State border crossing points of the Russian Federation located in the territory of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region:

By plane

  • St Petersburg (Pulkovo)

By car/bus:

  • Ivangorod
  • Torfyanovka
  • Brusnitchnoe
  • Svetogorsk

Pedestrian

  • Ivangorod

By ship/boat

  • Vysotsk
  • Big port of St Petersburg (Marine station section)
  • Passenger port St Petersburg

PLEASE NOTE: Entry and exit on an e-visa using rail transport is currently unavailable.

An e-visa is issued within 4 calendar days, including weekends and Bank holidays.

There is no need for any invitations or confirmations. Just fill in the application form on the website.

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

List of foreign States whose nationals can apply for an e-visa:

  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Vatican
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Denmark
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Qatar
  • Cyprus
  • China (including Taiwan)
  • The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey
  • Philippines
  • Finland
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Estonia
  • Japan

 If you have any specific questions on the subject, please ring our advisers on 0207 985 1234.

E-visas to the Kaliningrad Region

kaliningrad visa online

 

Electronic Russian visas can be granted to nationals of 53 countries (see list below) to enter Russia through the particular border crossing points located in Kaliningrad by direct flight to Kaliningrad (but not via another Russian airport), by sea, railway or road. These include all EU member states, except the United Kingdom. An e-visa does not allow travel to other regions of Russia.

The visa is issued within 4 calendar days, including weekends and Bank holidays.

 

List of countries eligible for electronic visas to the Kaliningrad Region:

  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Vatican
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Denmark
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Qatar
  • Cyprus
  • China (including Taiwan)
  • The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey
  • Philippines
  • Finland
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Estonia
  • Japan

Crossing points in the Kaliningrad region with an e-visa

Airports:

  • Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo Airport)

By train:

  • Mamonovo
  • Sovetsk
By cruise ship or ferry:
  • Kaliningrad
  • Kaliningrad (Baltiysk)
  • Kaliningrad (Svetly)

By car:

  • Bagrationovsk
  • Gusev
  • Mamonovo (Gzhekhotki)
  • Mamonovo (Gronovo)
  • Morskoye
  • Pogranichny
  • Sovetsk
  • Chernyshevskoye

E-visas to the Far Eastern Federal District (Vladivostok)

vladivostok visa online

List of countries eligible for electronic visas to the Kaliningrad Region:

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Brunei
  • China
  • India
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

Crossing points in the Far Eastern Federal District region with an e-visa

Airports:

  • Vladivostok (Knevichi)
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo)
  • Blagoveshchensk Khabarovsk (Novy)
  • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo)
  • Anadyr (Ugolny)
  • Ulan-Ude (Muhino)
  • Chita (Kadala)
By ferry/cruise ship:
  • Vladivistok Zarubino
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Korsakov Posyet
By rail:
  • Pogranichny
  • Khasan 
  • Makhalino
 
By car:
  • Poltavka
  • Turiy Rog
 
To apply for an electronic visa with RNTO, please call us on +442079851234 or contact us online on this link: https://www.visitrussia.org.uk/contact-us/