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Tips on E-Visas to Russia

Saint Petersburg

Once you've added Russia (and Saint Petersburg in particular) to your travel plans, the following thing you should take care of is the preoccupying yet important process of getting a Russian visa. But what if your Russia tour planning is performed in a short period of time and you don't have enough time to apply for a Russian visa in the official consulate? Don't worry! You won't need to change your travel plans as you can opt for an E-VISA!

Since October 1st, 2019 travelers from 53 countries have the wonderful opportunity to explore the gorgeous Northern Capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg, and the Leningrad Region with a free electronic visa. To obtain an E-VISA a traveler needs to fill out a special application form on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

So how can you apply for a free E-Visa to St. Petersburg?



E-Visa to St. Petersburg

Basic requirements:

  • The application with an attached photo must be submitted no earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days before the arrival day.
  • E-visas are valid for a period of 30 days with an authorized stay up to 8 days from the arrival day.
  • E-visas for visiting St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region are valid for arrival/departure by plane, car, and water transport (not by train).
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 more months after your assumed date of departure from Russia.
  • You must also have medical travel insurance for the time of your trip.

You can apply for an E-visa if you are a citizen of these countries:

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

Didn't find your country in the list? Don't get preoccupied! Despite the fact that you will have to plan your Russia getaway in advance, we are glad to inform you that we take the full Russian visa processing on ourselves! Thus, all you need to do is to contact our travel specialist, select a Russia tour of your dreams, and anticipate your exciting and worry-free journey!



The E-Visa has some truly undeniable advantages:

  • E-visa processing is a super-fast thing as the visa is issued within 4 calendar days (including holidays and weekends) which makes the planning a getaway a lot easier.
  • The procedure is performed online so there's no need in attending the consulate and wasting time in long queues.
  • There's no need to collect a bunch of various documents including an official visa invitation, tourist voucher, etc.
  • E-visas are absolutely free!
Applying for E-Visas to St. Petersburg


Advantages of Going on St. Petersburg E-visa Tours

Already got excited by this wonderful opportunity? We bet you have! Inspired by this great news, we, from our side, have created a collection of 6 enthralling St. Petersburg E-visa tours for all tastes, of various duration and budgets! Wishing to explore lovely Venice of the North during summertime? Choose one of our private summer programs with the 7-day, 5-day or 3-day duration! Feel excited about experiencing legendary Russian winter? Take advantage of our well-tailored Saint Petersburg winter itinerary or a short yet memorable winter weekend break! And, of course, don't miss the chance to immerse in the charms of Russian golden autumn, beloved and glorified by Russian poets during our fall tour!

As always, our Saint Petersburg private E-visa programs are put together by professional travel experts and include private transfers from/to the airport, only the best downtown hotels (4 or 5-star), and well-tailored sightseeing tours with experienced local guides!

In case you have any questions regarding your travel plans, feel free to contact our travel specialists who will be glad to give you hand in planning your spotless Saint Petersburg vacation. But be careful as the stunning heart-stealer St. Petersburg captivates once and for all!