Russian Visa for Finnish Citizens

E-visa Application from Finland

Russia is one of the most popular destinations in the world: vast, spectacular natural landscapes, bustling cities, and world-class museums —it’s easy to fall in love with Russia. Before they can travel to Russia, however, Finnish citizens are required to obtain a visa.

Several types of visas will grant Finnish citizens entry to Russia. However, the region-specific Russian electronic visas now allow them to apply for a Russian visa entirely online, without having to visit a Russian travel agency or embassy. The Russian eVisa is also fast: Finnish travelers can expect to have their visa to Russia in approximately four days.

Russian E-visa Types for Finnish Nationals

If they intend to stay in Russia for a limited period of time, tourists from Finland can apply for 3 types of visas:

Kaliningrad eVisa for Finnish citizens

Allows Finnish citizens to travel to the Kaliningrad exclave for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes. Allows a maximum stay of 8 days in Kaliningrad and is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

Kaliningrad eVisa entry points from Finland

Air: Khrabrovo airport (Kaliningrad city)
Rail: Mamonovo, Sovetsk
Road: Bagrationovsk, Gusev
Sea: Baltiysk, Kaliningrad city, Svetly

Requirements for the Kaliningrad eVisa from Finland

A Finnish passport valid for at least 6 months, with at least one blank page
A digital format color photograph, passport-sized
Pay the Kaliningrad visa fee using a valid debit or credit card
A current email address at which to receive the approved eVisa notification.

E-visa for Kaliningrad Exclave

St Petersburg eVisa for Finnish citizens

Allows entry to the St Petersburg and Leningrad region for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes. Allows a maximum stay of 8 days in the area and is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

Where Can I Enter Russia with a St Petersburg eVisa?

Air: Pulkovo airport (St Petersburg)
Land: Ivangorod, Brusnychnoe, Svetogorsk, Torfjanovka
Sea: Vysotsk, Marine Station, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg
Pedestrian: Ivangorod

St Petersburg eVisa Requirements from Finland

A Finnish passport valid for at least 6 months, with at least one blank page
A valid debit or credit card
A digital color photograph, passport-sized
A current email address at which to receive the approved eVisa notification.

E-visa for St. Petersburg

E-visa Application from Finland

Finnish citizens can apply for electronic visas for Russia online from anywhere in the world — as long as they have access to a reliable internet connection. The online application is designed to only take minutes. The applicant needs to:

  • Fill out the eVisa application form in all its parts as accurately as possible
  • Upload copies of the necessary documents, including their valid Finnish passport
  • Pay the application fee with a credit or debit card

Application Process Time

After the traveler has submitted the entire online application, they can expect to hear back on the status of their application within 2 to 4 business days. In rare cases, it is possible that the processing of the traveler’s Russian visa application takes longer, especially if there is additional processing required. All communications regarding the status of the visa (including the final approved visa) will be sent via email.

FAQ’s Related with Finnish Citizens

Traditional Russian visas ask for an invitation letter as part of the visa requirements. This applies to most travel authorizations, like the student, private, and work visa, and even non-electronic tourist visas — all travel permits that must be applied for in person through an embassy or consulate of Russia. It can only be used for traveling for the following reasons: tourism, business, studying or visiting family and friends.

Invitation letters must be issued for precisely the time the Finnish traveler intends to spend in Russia. Some hotels may provide an invitation letter (not to be confused with a simple hotel booking confirmation) for paper tourist visas. Invitation vouchers have been considered a complication by tourists from all over the world. That’s partly due to the fact that a different invitation must be obtained for each city they intend to visit while in Russia.

Fortunately, the new eVisas for Russia don’t require and invitation letter and Finnish citizens are among the eligible travelers who can apply for Visas. All you’ll need in order to apply for an electronic visa is your Finnish passport, health insurance coverage, a valid email address, and the application fee.

Russian Visa for Finnish citizens are single-entry visas. This means that they can only be used to enter Russia once during their validity.

If the traveler leaves Russia before their eVisa runs out and wishes to come back, they will need to apply for a new eVisa. It’s also important to remember that Visa holders will have to exit Russia through a port of entry of the same region they entered from.

There are multiple-entry tourist visas available for Russia. However, these are paper visas that must be applied for in person through a Russian embassy, consulate, or travel agency in Finland.

The application for a Russian eVisa is designed to be completed in mere minutes if the traveler has the required documentation and application fee at hand. After it’s sent, the Russian authorities will process the application within 4 days. That’s why it’s advisable to apply for the visa at least 4 days before the intended date of travel. Once granted, the eVisa will be sent in electronic format via email to the address the applicant provided during the application.

The E-visa will be valid for 30 days from the date of issue. The date of issue also counts as the first day of validity of the visa.

During these 30 days, citizens of Finland can spend up to 8 days in the Russian region their visa applies to. The date of entry is considered to be the first day of stay within the Russian territory.

If the visa is expected to expire before the 8 days are up, the eVisa holder will have to leave before the visa runs out.

Russian Embassy and Consulates in Finland

Address: Tehtaankatu 1B, 1D, 00140 Helsinki, Finland
Telephone: (+358) 9 66 18 76 / (+358) 9 66 18 77
Fax: (+358) 9 66 10 06
Email: rusembassy@co.inet.fi

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Lappenranta

Address: Kievarinkatu 1 A, Lappeenranta, 53100, Suomi, Lappeenranta
Telephone: +358 (5) 872-0700, 872-0722
Fax: +358 (5) 872-0777)

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Mariehamn

Address: Norra Esplanadgatan 11, 22100 Mariehamn, Еland, Suomi, Mariehamn
Telephone: +358 (1) 8195-24, +358 408344343
Fax: +358 (1) 8195-24)

Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Turku

Address: Vartiovuorenkatu 2, 20700 Turku, Suomi, Turku
Telephone: +358 (2) 233-6441
Fax: +358 (2) 231-9779