Russian e-Visa for Maltese Citizens
The government of Russia has created an electronic travel authorization system that allows citizens from several countries, including Malta, to obtain a visa online without needing to visit a consulate or embassy.
The eligible countries have reciprocal visa arrangements in effect with the Russian Federation. However, not all countries have access to all types of Russia visas.
The present article presents the travel permit options for Maltese nationals traveling to Russia.
Entry Requirements for Maltese Citizens Traveling on Russian e-Visa
The Russian Federation has declared that all foreign nationals traveling to Russia must apply for a Russian visa to be allowed entry into the country, which includes Malta citizens.
It has also set some basic Russian entry visa requirements governing the eligibility of individuals to apply for a Russian visa:
- Travelers must have a current Maltese passport from an eligible country
- The passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have one blank page
- Travelers should have a valid email address where the e-Visa can be sent upon approval
- A valid debit or credit card will be needed for paying the online processing fee
Maltese applicants are advised to be informed about the most common reasons why Russian eVisas are rejected in order to avoid any mistakes.
Russia e-Visa Types for Malta
Travelers from Malta can apply for two different types of Russian e-visas:
- St. Petersburg and Leningrad
- Kaliningrad Oblast
Travelers should also bear in mind a separate e-visa will be required for each region Maltese nationals are interested in visiting as the e-visas are only valid for travel to/from and within the region it is applied for.
St. Petersburg and Leningrad eVisa for Malta
Maltese citizens who apply for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad e-visa will be able to visit the region for a maximum of 8 days. The e-Visa itself is valid for 30 days from the date it is issued to the traveler.
Travelers from Malta visiting the region can gain access from the following ports of entry:
- Air: Pulkovo airport (St Petersburg)
- Land: Ivangorod, Brusnychnoe, Svetogorsk, Torfjanovka
- Sea: Vysotsk, Marine Station, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg
- Pedestrian: Ivangorod
Kaliningrad Oblast e-Visa for Maltese nationals
Maltese citizens interested in traveling to this region will need to apply for the Kaliningrad Russian e-visa as that is the only way to obtain a visa in order to visit this Russian exclave.
The Kaliningrad electronic visa is valid for 30 days from the date it is issued and allows the traveler a maximum stay of 8 days in the region.
Travelers to this region must enter and exit from the same port of entry. The following ports of entry can be used for visiting this region:
- Air: Khrabrovo airport (Kaliningrad city)
- Sea: Baltiysk, Kaliningrad city, Svetly
- Road: Bagrationovsk, Gusev
- Rail: Mamonovo, Sovetsk
How to Get a Russian E-visa for Maltese Passport Holders
Maltese citizens can apply for a Russian e-Visa by filling out an online Russia visa application form with personal details, passport information, and travel itinerary.
Travelers from Malta will also be required to upload supporting documentation verifying the information they have entered on the form. However, Maltese applicants can do so in more than one session if they do not have the necessary documentation on hand when they begin the online application process.
It is quite imperative for Maltese nationals to ensure the accuracy of the information they have entered on the form as failure to do so has the potential to negatively impact their chances of receiving the e-visa.
Travelers can review the information towards the end of the process to make sure it is as shown on the Maltese applicant’s travel documents.
There will be an online processing fee that travelers will be required to pay using a valid debit or credit card to complete the application process.
Once the application has been submitted, the processing usually takes up to 4 business days after which the traveler receives the e-Visa via email.
Travelers of Malta are responsible for printing out the electronic visa to be shown at the port of entry when they arrive in order to be allowed entry into the country.
Russian Embassies in Malta
Russian Embassy in Valletta, Malta
Address: Ariel House. 25 Antonio Schembri Street, Kappara, San Gwann, SGN 4239, Malta
Telephone: (+356) 21 371 905 / 7
Fax: (+356) 21 372 131