Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Vladivostok, and more: Russia is known for these famous cities and all of the attractions that they offer, as well as the far east region, Lake Baikal, and more. In fact, Russia is quickly gaining popularity as a destination for many travelers.
One caveat, however, is that many travelers are afraid of the process to obtain a Russian eVisa – which can often mean there are long lines, the need to have a letter of invitation (LOA) from a travel agent, or having to travel to the nearest embassy to be approved. Thankfully, a new regulation set forth by the Russian government recently allowed a quicker and easier way of getting a Russian visa for Austrian citizens.
The Kaliningrad evisa is perfect for short trips because it is valid for a maximum stay of 8 days in the Kaliningrad area and 30 days in total from the date of issue.
This new visa is nicknamed the Kaliningrad evisa (electronic visa) that allows travelers from more than 50 countries, such as Austria, to travel to Kaliningrad for a short trip. The Kaliningrad evisa for Austrian citizens visa covers trips for the purposes of tourism, business, or humanitarian events. The visa application takes less than an hour to complete and only 4 days to be approved, making it the easier and faster choice for travelers.
Entry requirements for Austrian Citizens
One of the most important requirements of the Kaliningrad visa is that all travelers must enter through a specific air, sea, rail, or road checkpoint in order to be eligible to use their visa. These checkpoints include the following:
- Air border checkpoint – Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)
- Seaport checkpoints – Kaliningrad, Baltiysk, Svetly
- Railway checkpoints – Mamonovo, Sovetsk
- Road checkpoints – Bagrationovsk, Gusev
If you are planning to use any of the checkpoints mentioned above, you are eligible to apply for a Kaliningrad visa. The rest of the Russian visa requirements for Austrian citizens are as follows:
- A valid passport: Your Austrian passport must have at least 6 months validity from the date of application, as well as have two free pages in the passport (in case the border officer needs to affix a stamp).
- Personal information: During the application, you will need to fill in some personal information, including your first name, last name, birth date, current occupation, nationality, contact address, and more.
- Passport information: The application will also ask information about your passport, such as your nationality, passport number, issue date, and expiration date. It is a good idea to keep your passport nearby as you fill out the application.
- A digital photo: Towards the end, the application will ask you to submit a passport-style digital color photograph.
- A valid email address: You will need to submit a valid email address during the application in order to receive notifications about your evisa approval.
- A valid form of payment: You should have a valid debit or credit card that you will use to pay the eVisa application fee.
How to apply for a Russian eVisa from Austria
When you have gathered all of the necessary paperwork, passport photos, and information, you are ready to apply for the Kaliningrad visa from Austria. This is done by filling out the online application form.
The Kaliningrad evisa application takes only a few minutes to complete and can be done from the comfort of your own home – there is no need to obtain an tourist invitation letter from a tour agency, visit the nearest Russian embassy in Austria, or have an in-person interview with an immigration officer. The application itself is easy and straightforward, with simple questions such as your personal information, passport information, and your travel plans.
Once the Russian visa application online is complete, you will need to use your valid debit or credit card to pay the fee and wait for a confirmation email. The average processing time is around 4 days, but this timeframe can vary due to various factors, such as demand, holidays, and more.
After successfully receiving the Kaliningrad evisa in your email inbox, it is recommended to print out the confirmation message before you arrive in Russia. This is because you will need to present the evisa confirmation to the passport control officers when entering Kaliningrad through a checkpoint.
Russian Embassy in Austria
Addres: Reisnerstrasse 45-47, 1030, Wien
Russian Consulates in Austria
Name: Generalkonsulat der Russischen Foderation
Addres: Burgelsteinstrasse 2, 5020 Salzburg