For decades one of the major limitations of travel to Russia was the difficult process of acquiring a travel visa to enter the Russian Federation.
The long process of getting a Russian visa is finally in the past! From the beginning of 2021 a unified electronic visa has been introduced for 52 countries (a list of all the countries is at the end of the article).
Below learn what is so convenient about the new e-visa and how you can get it.*
*We should note that the English speaking countries (U.S.A., Canada, Australia etc.) are unfortunately not on this list but you can learn more about the process of getting a respective visa from those countries here. Background
The law on electronic visas for foreigners was adopted by the State Duma on July 31, 2020. The Russian government sees the introduction of a unified electronic visa to Russia as a leverage to boost the development of tourism, increase foreign investment and contribute to the countries overall economic growth. Most commonly asked questions
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the New Visa Requirements to Russia: Where do I apply for the electronic visa?
The Ministry of Russian Foreign Affairs has created a special website
which you can use to apply for a visa. You can also apply using a specially designed mobile application (Temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19). For what types of travel can this visa be used?
The electronic Russian visa can be used for the purpose of: tourism, business, humanitarian and guest trips. Note, that previously Russian Embassy's required invitations and hotel reservations to enter Russia and receive a visa, confirming the purpose of travel, but these documents are no longer required! What do you need to provide to apply for the electronic Russian visa?
You will need to fill out a form, upload a personal photo and a copy of your passport, pay a consular fee of $ 40 (for children under 6 years old - free of charge) and wait for notification. How long does the application process for the electronic visa take place?
The entire process takes no more than 4 days. How long is this visa valid?
The Russian e-visa is valid for 60 days from the date of receipt, however, you can legally stay in Russia no more than 16 days. The extension of the terms is possible in force majeure cases by the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And what to show the border guard?
When crossing the border, a foreigner will need to present a printed notification of an electronic visa and a foreign passport. Which countries will be eligible for e-Visa?
- China (including Taiwan)
- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Czech Republic
If you are still unsure about the the process feel free to contact us directly and we will do our best to help you fulfill the requirements necessary for a Russian Visa.