Russia E-visa

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The majority of foreign citizens who wish to enjoy a stay in the Russian Federation are required to apply for a visa for Russia, although the type of travel document required will depend on nationality, as well as the purpose and duration of the stay.

Tourists intending to visit Russia for a short-term stay can now apply for Russia eVisas or traditional Russian tourist visas, depending on the region they wish to visit. E-visas allow visitors to apply for their Russian travel authorization entirely online in minutes, from anywhere in the world. Passport copies, application form, and other documents required for the E-visa can be submitted online. Currently, eVisas are only available for specific Russian regions.

To visit other parts of the Russian Federation, the majority of passport holders are able to obtain a Russian tourist visa, which involves requesting a tourist invitation and completing an online application. It is then necessary to present supporting documentation at a Russian embassy or consulate.

Who Needs a Visa to Enter Russia?

As of June of 2019, there are only 54 countries whose citizens can travel to Russia visa-free for different periods depending on the nationality, including many South American nations and former Soviet states. All other foreign passport holders need to get a Russian visa to visit the country, although the type of visa for Russia required will depend on the duration and purpose of the stay.

Russia eVisas currently allow visitors to apply online for travel authorizations for the Far East regions and the Kaliningrad Oblast region and eVisa for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.

It is important to check exemptions for each visa type before applying in case a different travel document is required. Citizens of the following eligible countries and territories are able to get either a single or double-entry tourist visa for Russia valid for a stay of up to 30 days in the country:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • French Antarctic Lands
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Heard Island
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin (French)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch)
  • Soloman Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Georgia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad And Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

The countries not expected to benefit from this new Russia electronic visa are United States, Canada, and the U.K. due to the tense political relationships with Russia.

How Does the E-visa for Russia Work?

Applying for a Russian eVisa is quick and straightforward. Applicants will only need a reliable internet connection in order to complete the application from anywhere in the world. The eVisa application for Russia will allow travelers to submit all the relevant documentation online and is designed to only take minutes.

Documents required for the online visa application for Russia include:

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  • A completed online application form
  • A copy of a valid passport. The passport must be issued by an eligible country and present at least one blank page for stamps. The validity of the passport must be of at least 6 months from the date of application
  • A passport-style recent color photograph taken against a white background (ratio: 3.5 x 4.5)
  • A valid health insurance policy to cover the duration of the stay in Russia
  • The payment of the eVisa application fee by debit or credit card.

Requirements for a traditional tourist visa for Russia can be stricter. The visa Russia requirements for tourism involve submitting supporting documentation to prove the purpose of the trip is for leisure. Before applying, travelers are required to have already finalized their travel plans, made accommodation bookings and arranged tickets for attractions, festivals, etc.

It is also possible to apply for a group tourist invitation in order to be issued a tourist Russia visa for a group consisting of at least 7 people traveling to Russia together with the same travel itinerary. The fees for the Russian visa for groups are lower than individual applications, although all of the travelers must apply at the same time in the same Russian consulate.

Travel Information about Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world with a territory of 17 million square kilometres. Temperatures in Russia can be extreme, with the capital Moscow regularly registering –20 °C in the coldest weeks of winter. Siberia can easily register temperatures as low as –45 °C. International tourists usually prefer to travel to Russia during the warmer months, between late May and the beginning of October.

144.5 million people currently live in Russia and although the official language is Russian, 100 other languages and dialects are spoken. The Russian Ruble is the currency of the Russian Federation.

The international emergency service number is 112, active in Russia 24/7.