Russia is one of the most up-and-coming countries for tourism, and it’s no secret why: from the bustling cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, to the vast nature of Siberia, and every city in between, there is always something to see, do, and try in Russia.
Thanks to a new initiative set forth by the Russian government, traveling to Russia just got easier. By introducing three new electronic visas (eVisas) system, travelers from Indonesia and other 50 countries can and apply for a Russian eVisa from the comfort of their own home.
Types of E-visa to Travel to Russia
There are currently three different types of eVisas available for travelers holding an Indonesian passport. They include the following options:
Far East Visa for Indonesians
Required for entry to regions in the Russian Far East for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes. Allows a maximum stay of 8 days in Far Eastern territories, is valid for 30 days of the date of issue.
Far East Visa Entry Points from Indonesia
Primorsky Krai, Kamchatka Krai, Khabarovsk Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai, Sakhalin Oblast, Amur Oblast, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, , Buryatia
Requirements for the Far East eVisa for Indonesians
An Indonesian passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of application, containing at least one blank page to receive a visa stamp at Russian border control
Medical insurance valid for the duration of the stay in the Russian Far East.
Submit the application at least 4 days before traveling.
St. Petersburg eVisa for Indonesian Citizens
The St. Petersburg eVisa allows entry to the Leningrad oblast for three purposes. These include tourism, business, or humanitarian help. This visa allows travelers to stay in the region for a maximum stay of 8 days, and the visa is valid for 30 days from the date of being issued to the traveler.
Where to Enter Russia with a St Petersburg E-visa
Air: Pulkovo airport (LED)
Land: Ivangorod, Brusnychnoe, Svetogorsk, Torfjanovka
Sea: Vysotsk, Marine Station, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg
Requirements for the St Petersburg eVisa
There are only a handful of Russian visa requirements for Indonesian citizens. They include the following:
A current and up to date Indonesian passport that is valid for at least 6 months. The passport must also have at least one blank page
A valid debit or credit card to pay the Russian visa fee
A passport-sized digital color photograph
A current email address to receive notifications on the status of your Russian visa
Kaliningrad eVisa for Indonesians
The Kaliningrad Russian eVisa is valid for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes for applicants who plan to travel to the Kaliningrad region. This eVisa allows travelers a maximum stay of 8 days in Kaliningrad and is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
Where to Enter Kaliningrad as an eVisa Holder
Air: Khrabrovo airport (Kaliningrad city)
Sea: Baltiysk, Kaliningrad city, Svetly
Rail: Mamonovo, Sovetsk
Road: Bagrationovsk, Gusev
Requirements for the Kaliningrad E-visa
An Indonesian passport that is valid for at least 6 months with at least one blank page
A digital color photograph that clearly shows the applicant
A current email address where you plan to receive the approved E-visa notification
A valid debit or credit card to pay the Kaliningrad visa fee
E-visa Application Form from Indonesia
The process to apply for a Russian eVisa from Indonesia is very simple. All that is required is a device with an internet connection, your passport, a recent digital photo of the applicant, and less than an hour to fill out the application.
The first step is to start the Russian eVisa application form. The form will ask for basic information such as:
- The traveler’s full name
- Passport information
- Contact information
Afterwards, applicants will need to upload a digital photo, pay the visa application fee, and wait for a notification of approval. Applicants should make sure to double check all information on the form is correct and up to date.
What Is the Processing Time for a Russian Visa Online?
Please note that it’s possible to apply for a Russian eVisa for Indonesian citizens between four to twenty days before the intended date of arrival in Russia.
After the completed application has been submitted, it takes an average of 2 to 4 business days to receive a response. In rare cases, it is possible that the processing of a Russian visa application may take longer than expected due to public holidays or other delays.
The approved Russian eVisa will be sent to the email address provided on the application form.
Russian Embassies in Indonesia
Russian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia
Address: Jl. H. R. Rasuna Said Kav. X-7, 1-2, 12940 Jakarta, Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 21 522 29 12
Russian Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, Indonesia
Address: Perumahan Bali Kencana Resort, Block Cendrawasih No. 18, Ungasan – 80361 Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) (361) 279-1560
Related Questions About the Russian E-visa for Citizens of Indonesia
The most convenient way for Indonesian citizens to obtain a Russian permit is to apply for an eVisa. The eVisa is a new type of electronic visa that can be applied for entirely online. This means no need to visit a Russian embassy or consulate or to hire a travel agency.
Indonesians can complete the online application from anywhere they wish, including their home or office. All they need is a device that can connect to the internet and the relevant supporting documents (like their valid Indonesian passport).
Indonesian travelers should note that the new electronic visa for Russia is a single-entry permit. Indonesians (like all other eVisa holders) cannot return to Russia multiple times using the same electronic visa.
Once a visitor on an eVisa leaves Russia, they will need to apply anew and obtain another eVisa (or other relevant travel permit) in order to cross the Russian border again. Indonesian travelers are welcome to apply for the Russian eVisa as many times as they wish, as long as they comply with the visa requirements.