Russia is a natural wonderland of exciting cities, delicious food, and plenty of things to do and see. From the bustling metropolitan cities of Moscow to the romantic canals of St. Petersburg, awe-inspiring architecture of Kazan, and the remote wilderness of Siberia, any traveler will find themselves in this vast country.
However, before you can book your ticket to Russia, it is important to note that all foreign citizens must have a visa before they can legally enter the country. Thanks to a new initiative set forth by the Russian ministry of tourism, obtaining a Russian visa is now much easier for Portuguese travelers thanks to a new electronic visa (E-visa) program. This article will tell you everything you need to know in order to get a Russian eVisa for Portuguese citizens, including the process, requirements, and more.
Types of E-visa to Travel to Russia
There are currently serveral different types of Russian visas that are available for Portuguese citizens, and they include the following:
Far East Visa for Portuguese citizens
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 Portugal
Primorsky Krai, Kamchatka Krai, Khabarovsk Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai, Sakhalin Oblast, Amur Oblast, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, , Buryatia
Requirements for the Far East eVisa for Portuguese citizens
A Portuguese 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 Portuguese
The St. Petersburg Russian visa for Portuguese citizens allows travelers to enter the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region for the sole purposes of tourism, business, or humanitarian volunteering. The visa is valid for 30 days, which makes it convenient and easy to apply for before your trip. This visa allows travelers to stay for a maximum of 8 days. If travelers wish to visit other oblasts, they must obtain the proper visa to do so.
Where to Enter Russia With a St Petersburg eVisa
Portuguese travelers who have a St Petersburg evisa in their passport must enter Russia through one of the following designated ports:
Air: Pulkovo airport (LED)
Land: Ivangorod, Brusnychnoe, Svetogorsk, Torfjanovka
Sea: Vysotsk, Marine Station, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg
St Petersburg eVisa Requirements
You will need the following items in order to submit an evisa application:
A current and up to date Portuguese passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Your passport must have at least one blank page.
A valid debit or credit card to pay the Russian evisa fee
A passport-sized digital color photograph
A valid email address to receive notifications on the status of your electronic visa
Kaliningrad eVisa for Portugese
The Kaliningrad evisa, similar to the St. Petersburg evisa, is also valid for tourism, business, or humanitarian purposes when traveling to the Kaliningrad region.
This Russian visa for Portuguese citizens allows travelers a maximum stay of 8 days in the Kaliningrad region and is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
Kaliningrad eVisa Entry Points
Similar to other Russian electronic visas, travelers with a Kaliningrad evisa must enter through one of the following ports:
Air: Khrabrovo airport (Kaliningrad city)
Sea: Baltiysk, Kaliningrad city, Svetly
Rail: Mamonovo, Sovetsk
Road: Bagrationovsk, Gusev
Kaliningrad eVisa Requirements for Portuguese Citizens
A Portuguese passport that is valid for at least 6 months. The passport must have at least one blank page
A digital color passport-sized photograph with a white background
A valid debit or credit card to pay the Kaliningrad visa fee
A current email address where you plan to receive the approved Russian evisa
Russian E-visa Application form for Portugese
The final step to obtaining a Russian electronic visa is to begin an online application.
The application takes less than one hour to complete and is a simple form that asks questions such as:
- The traveler’s full name (first and last name)
- Passport information (date of issue and expiration, nationality, passport number)
- Contact information (email, address, phone number), and more.
Afterwards, the form will ask you to upload a clear and colored digital photo of yourself, pay the application fee, and wait for the outcome of your Russian visa. Please make sure to use an email that you frequently check, as the Russian evisa correspondence will be sent there.
After you have gone ahead and applied for your Russian evisa from Portugal, you can expect to hear back on the status of your Russian evisa within 2 to 4 business days, although in rare cases it may take longer if there are public holidays or other delays. Please note that you can apply for any type of Russian evisa within 20 days before your visit, but not more than four days before your expected date of arrival in Russia.
How Long Does It Take to Obtain the Visa?
After you have gone ahead and applied for your Russian eVisa from Portugal, you can expect to hear back on the status of your request within 2 to 4 business days, although in rare cases it may take longer if there are public holidays or other delays.
Please make sure to use an email that you frequently check, as the Russian eVisa correspondence will be sent there.
Please note that you can apply for any type of Russian eVisa within 20 days before your visit, but not more than four days before your expected date of arrival in Russia.
Russian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal
Address: Rua Visconde de Santarém, 57, 1000-286 Lisboa, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 218 462 423
Russian Honorary Consulate in Faro, Portugal
Address: Rua Dr. Cândido Guerreiro, 43 – 2º Dto, 8000-318 Faro, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 289 048 120
Russian Honorary Consulate in Porto, Portugal
Address: Av. da Boavista 1203-5º/ 8, 4100-130 Porto, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 226 068 516