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E-visa for Saint Petersburg and Leningrad region

E-visa for Saint Petersburg and Leningrad region

On 26 September 2019 the Russian government published Decree № 1252 regulating how foreign nationals can obtain a Russian electronic visa (e-visa) to visit Saint Petersburg and/or the Leningrad region.

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On 26 September 2019 the Russian government published Decree № 1252 regulating how foreign nationals can obtain a Russian electronic visa (e-visa) to visit Saint Petersburg and/or the Leningrad region.

Since 1 October 2019, the citizens of 53 countries1 have had the right to apply for a single entry e-visa to visit Saint Petersburg and/or the Leningrad region (‘Leningradskaya oblast’) for business, tourism or humanitarian purposes. Entry / departure to / from Saint Petersburg and/or the Leningrad region under a valid e-visa can only be done via Pulkovo (St. Petersburg) airport, the passenger ports of Saint Petersburg, and the Port of Vysotsk, via certain Finland-Russia and Estonia-Russia cross border points2.

In accordance with the Decree, when travelling to Saint Petersburg and/or the Leningrad region via one of the mentioned cross border points, visitors are required to provide the Russian border authorities with the following documents:

  • their passport (passport must be valid for at least the 6 months following the date of e-visa application);
  • a hardcopy notification that their e-visa application has been approved;
  • their health insurance policy (valid in Russia for their period of stay in Russia);
  • their travel document for departure from Russia or a confirmed guarantee that a ticket will be purchased in Russia (for departures from Russia by air or sea).

The e-visa is valid for 30 days after approval has been received from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and can be used for a single entry to Saint Petersburg or the Leningrad region and stays for up to eight calendar days within the visa’s validity period. There is no consular fee for an e-visa.

Application for a Russian e-visa should be submitted online via the website of the Consulate Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at least four full days before the expected day of entry into Saint Petersburg and/or the Leningrad region. Applications are processed automatically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and information about e-visas is communicated to the relevant Russian authorities (the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Security Service). The Consulate Department should release its decision about granting an e-visa within the four-day period after the date of application. An identification number is given during application, and this number should be used to obtain information on the e-visa decision via the same website.

There are currently similar e-visa regimes in operation for citizens from particular countries who would like to visit the Kaliningrad region and the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District.

1 The list of applicable countries has been approved by Order of the Russian Government № 2021-r as of 10 September 2019.

2 The list of applicable checkpoints across the Russian border is approved by Order of the Russian Government № 2173-r as of 26 September 2019.

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